I Tested 4 Sunscreens. Here’s What I Found

Growing up fair-haired and fair-skinned, Iíve been warned by doctors to use a sunscreen whenever I go out in the sun. That’s why†Iíve made it a point to seek out the best sunscreens. Iíve tried countless†sun protection products†and hereís what Iíve found:

You Donít Need 100 SPF

According to a recent SharCare article, Dr. Ellen Marmur, MDnotes that protection exceeding SPF 50 doesn’t make much of a difference. Iíve slathered on sunscreen with 100 SPF and didnít see a significant increase in protection. The FDA worries that these super high SPFs may give consumers a false sense of safety. So, it really doesnít make sense to waste your money on extremely†high SPF sunscreens.

The Body Lube

Iíve also tried sunscreens that make you feel like youíve fallen into a vat of oil. They made me want to shower as soon as I put them on. These chemical sunscreens have ingredients like avobenzone, mexoryl, octinoxate and octisalate, which when absorbed into your skin, feel greasy. I put these on at the beach and they became a sand magnet. They clogged my pores and made me feel uncomfortable in the sunís heat. I couldnít wait dive in the ocean and have the salt water wash them off, defeating the purpose†applying sunscreen in the first place.

Zinc Sunscreens

I tried one of these mineral sunscreens and I had to walk around the beach with a white nose and cheeks. They protected my skin, which is good, but I really didnít want to cover my entire body with the stuff. The other downside to zinc sunscreens was they left my skin dry.

Non-Greasy Natural Sunscreens

After trying a number of sticky, greasy sunscreens, I opted for some non-greasy natural alternatives. These hypoallergenic, mineral-based sunscreen sprays were easy to apply (even on my back). They offered SPFs of up to 50 for plenty of sun protection for long days at the beach. They also typically dry in just a few seconds and are water durable (wonít wash off for at least an hour). I now keep a bottle of these spray-on sunscreens in my car, so Iím always prepared to go to the beach.

Getting Natural Vitamin D

Doctors have told me to make sure I get enough vitamin D. The best way I know to get natural vitamin D (as opposed to vitamin D pills and diet) is to expose my skin to sunlight. You donít need to tan or burn your skin to get vitamin D. According to the Vitamin D Council, you only need half the sun exposure it takes to turn your skin pink and begin to burn. To avoid the risk of getting skin cancer, I gardened in the morning sun as well as the late afternoon. I worked for just a few minutes each day. Throughout several weeks, my neck, arms and legs began to tan. I realized a suntan will help protect you from getting a sunburn. I of course still†use sunscreen during high sun exposure, especially whenever I go to the beach.

 

 

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