Why Organic Sunscreen
Is Gaining Popularity
Organic Sunscreen - while it is a well known fact that everyone needs to wear sunscreen every time they are in the sun, many people are not satisfied with the sunscreens that are on the market.
For this reason, organic sunscreens are increasing in popularity, and while these types of sunscreen aren't incredibly common, they are gaining popularity.
An organic product is one that is chemical and preservative free. There is great concern about the ingredients that are found in our cosmetic products.
Facts About Organic Sunscreens
- Just because a sunscreen is organic that doesn't mean it shouldn't provide adequate protection from the sun's rays. When searching for the perfect sunscreen, make sure that it isn't just a white lotion with a nice scent.
The package should still say that it provides UVA and UVB protection. In addition to proper UV protection, you should only buy sunscreens that have the ingredients to provide you with broad spectrum protection.
- Parents with young children prefer organic products because they don't have to worry about the types of chemicals that are seeping into their children's pores.
- In some cases, people are allergic to some of the primary ingredients in regular sunscreen, and for this reason they have to depend on organic products to protect them from the sun's potentially damaging rays.
- Because skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer, there is a lot of emphasis on sun protection. While it used to be acceptable to merely wear a hat while in the sun, we have learned that our delicate skin needs more than a wide brim hat to prevent skin cancer from developing.
Making Your Own Sunscreen
- A popular option for a chemical free sunscreen is to simply make your own. This may seem like a very new concept, and you may be wondering if it is possible to make a sunscreen that will actually provide protection for UV rays.
With the proper ingredients, you can make a sunscreen instead of purchasing one that is full of harsh chemicals. While some sunscreens contain the UV ray blocking element, zinc oxide, along with other ingredients, some people argue that zinc oxide is still too harsh to be applied to the skin for any period of time.
It is up to you to decide which ingredients you are willing to sacrifice for the sake of an organic sunscreen. The last thing you want to do is to mix up a sweet smelling concoction and spend time in the sun, only to discover that your sunscreen did not provide enough protection.
- There are many different sunscreen recipes available online, and the ingredients usually look something like this: almond oil, sesame seed oil, beeswax, vitamins A and C, coconut oil, Octyl Methoxy Cinnamate, essential oils, aloe vera gel, rose water, Titanium Di-Oxide, carrot seed oil, cocoa butter, etc. A bonus of making your own organic sunscreen is that you can customize the scent by adding your favorite scented oils and add a designer flair to your sunscreen.
- If making organic sunscreen is not your thing, you can buy organic sunscreen from most health food stores. You can also infuse your organic sunscreen with white tea. While it cannot be used as a sunscreen alone, white tea can help to reverse signs of aging, and repair sun damage.
It is also a good idea to keep very strong white tea in the refrigerator in a fine mist spray bottle. By spraying this age defying tea onto your face at least two times a day, you will notice almost an instant brightening of your skin, and your skin will actually appear to be cleaner and fresher.
- You only get one skin, so it's important to pamper and treat it with extreme care. Our skin is really no match for the sun's rays, so don't let a day pass where you don't wear sunscreen. If you aren't sure if your sunscreen is providing you with the correct amount of protection, then look for one that does.
- Some people feel that if a sunscreen is organic, they are not required to reapply it as often as regular sunscreen. This is a misconception, and whether you are in the sun or the snow, you still have to apply regularly depending on the SPF factor.
The higher the number the longer you can stay out without reapplying. Whether you choose an organic product or an inorganic sunscreen, the important thing is that you are protecting your skin from the sun and possibly preventing skin cancer, fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.
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