Lately sunscreen has become all the rage; even the news is urging people of all colors to wear a sunscreen. Although healthy skin is your best protectant against sun damage, when choosing a sunscreen, all are not created equal.
There are two types of sunscreen: physical and chemical. Chemical sunscreens are very common and inexpensive. Chemical sunscreens absorb sun rays, instead of the skin absorbing sun rays. These are the ones that go on clear, and that should be applies about 20 minutes before sun exposure in order for them to protect the skin against sun rays. They usually last for about an hour, then you have to reapply more.
Physical sunscreens are made from crushed zinc and titanium. Physical sunscreens reflect sun rays off and away from the skin. These last much longer on the skin than chemical sunscreen are less harmful.
Due to recent discoveries, chemical sunscreens have become very controversial. Some doctors even say this type of sunscreen is toxic and may cause cancer. Chemical sunscreens are made with endocrine disruptors. These toxins are known to stay in the body and may cause:
- Higher levels of estrogen in women leading to earlier puberty in girls.
- Higher risk of infertility in men.
So when it comes to protecting the skin against the sun, be safe by using a physical sunscreen, and always keep to your skin care regiment. This will ensure your skin will stay healthy and beautiful for a long time.