The media blew up this week about the website HONEST.com by celebrity Jessica Alba. The outrage was due to her sun protection products not providing adequate protection and allowing the skin to get sun damage/burn. Her customers posted on social media their sunburn before and after photos and some looked painful.
Sunscreen is a drug, an over the counter drug, which means is a product that can change how a living organism works. In this case, help to prevent a disease, skin cancer. The new craze of natural, organic, gluten free ingredients makes it very difficult to formulate a sunscreen that meets all the FDA standards and consumers desires. Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide (UVA and UVB blockers) cannot alone stop the solar rays from entering in our organs, the formula needs other ingredients to help to block and stay on top of the skin to make it work. That is why you don’t want to wear a chemical sunscreen they are more harmful since they absorbed through your skin. Chemicals ingredients like; Avobenzone, Oxybenzone, Benzophenone, etc. You need to reapply every time you towel dry, sweat.
A good sunscreen does not need to have a high % of active ingredients, just the opposite the higher the % of active ingredients the more irritating can be.
Be sure when you are shopping for sunscreen you look for:
• Active ingredients without , Avobenzone ,Benzofenone, Parsol 1789, HelioPlex, Oxybenzone
• Is Broad spectrum UVA/UVB and a SPF of 30 or higher
• Water resistant for 80 minutes
• And do not buy a product because a celebrity says you need to buy it