Go to the beach? Make Sure You Choose The Best Sunscreen

Go to the beach? Make Sure You Choose The Best Sunscreen

Don't let the number fool you, it's not as important as you think.

Forget the “toasted I look prettier” fashion. Exposure to the sun without protection and for long periods can cause severe damage. The best advice I can give you at this time is "take care of your skin and use the best natural sunscreen." Yes, natural, because that way you also take care of the environment.

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Some Protectors Damage The Environment

Although we love our skin above all else, we must also assume our responsibility in caring for the environment.

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Did you know that between 4,000 and 6,000 tons of sunscreen are dumped into the sea every year around the world? This greatly affects marine life.

So, to enjoy the perfect marine ecosystem when we go to the sea or the river, we have to look for options that do not pollute and protect our skin. Therefore, it is best to opt for natural or biodegradable sunscreens.

Biodegradable sunscreen disappears from the environment in a very short time on its own. In addition, it contains natural ingredients such as oils that moisturize your skin.

What is the best sunscreen?

The best sunscreens are natural because they do not contain toxins. However, do not trust the word natural, always check the labels.

  • Buy: Those containing titanium oxide and zinc oxide.
  • Do not Compress: Those that contain some of the following ingredients: Octocrylene, Benzophenone, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Hexyldecanol, Dimethyl apramid, Cetyl dimethicone, Methylparaben, Polyethylene, Propylparaben, Butylcarbamate A good sunscreen should also protect you from UV radiation.

Watch out! This does not mean that you should choose the bottle with the highest sun protection factor (SPF or SPF). What's more, a bottle of SPF 15 protects you from 93% from UVB rays, while a bottle with SPF 30 protects you from 97% from UVB rays. The difference is minimal!

Instead of choosing a high SPF, consider the two types of UV radiation that you should protect your skin from every day.

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  • UVA rays enter the skin and damage collagen and elastin, which causes the loss of elasticity and firmness of the skin, thus causing wrinkles. They also stimulate the production of pigment, that is, that you look more brown after exposure to the sun.
  • UVB rays affect the epidermis, which is the innermost layer of your skin and the most serious damage it causes is the development of skin cancer.

So What Sunscreen Do Dermatologists Recommend?

Dermatologists recommend a sunscreen of 30 SPF and labeled "broad spectrum" to protect you from both rays.

If you are going to be in the water or you are going to do a sport, be sure to choose one with resistance to water and sweat.

Finally, refer to the sunscreen instructions to know how often you should reapply the sunscreen.

That's it! With this information you will be more than ready to go on vacation to the beach.

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Diana Flores

Gabriel García Márquez wrote: “Life is not what one lived, but what one remembers, and how one remembers it to tell it”, that is why I like to remember and tell stories, my stories and the stories of which I am part in this society. The best way I found to tell them was through journalism, not only as a professional purpose, but with the intention of living, as my Colombian colleague points out. I have developed as a reporter, writer and editor in print and digital media. I also have experience in Public Relations. What I enjoy the most is a cup of coffee in the morning, traveling, meeting people and dreaming. I live disheveled.