Whether its summers or winters, you constantly need protection from the mighty sun. With so many sunscreens in the market, each with a higher SPF than the other, it can be confusing to pick the right one. The list of ingredients in these sunscreens makes the decision even more confusing. But the question is -- Why would you buy sunscreens filled with chemicals when there are natural sunscreens available that are way more safer and better for your skin?
In this article, we will go into the basics of UV rays and SPF, and understand why natural sunscreens are a better alternative.
UVA and UVB are two types of UV rays that can potentially cause harm to your skin. The UVA rays are more in abundant and they have the power to penetrate deeper into your skin, making them more harmful than the UVB rays.
While small dosages are UVB rays are good for health since they help retain vitamin D in the body, extensive exposure to UVB rays can lead to sunburns. An effective sunscreen should be able to protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.
SPF stands for sun protection factor and it is a rating number which tells you how much protection the sunscreen can give you against UVB rays. Almost all the sunscreens have an SPF number on them and most people assume the higher SPF number, the better. But what you need to remember is, higher SPF sunscreens only protect you against UVB rays, not UVA rays that can actually penetrate deeper into your skin and cause more damage.
The rating that measures a sunscreen’s protection against UVA rays is PA (Protection Grade of UVA). The protection level strength goes from PA + (light) to PA +++ (strong). If you see the term ‘broad spectrum’ on a sunscreen then that also means it provides protection against UVA rays.
Just because you need a cream that can block sun rays from penetrating into your skin doesn’t mean you need a cream full of chemicals. Many of the sunscreens in the market contain toxic chemicals like oxybenzone, homosalate, octisalate, homosalate, and octinoxate. They have high absorption rates and they can act as hormone disruptors, allergens or irritants.
There are only two active sunscreen chemical ingredients that are safe for skin and provide efficient sun protection -- avobenzone and zinc oxide. But even those are chemicals and in the long run they can prove to be harmful.
Natural sunscreens are a safe and organic alternative to chemical filled sunscreens. Instead of using chemicals to fight against the harmful sun rays, natural sunscreens use organic and ayurvedic ingredients which provide just as great protection and keep your skin healthy as well.
While buying natural sunscreens, pay close attention to the ingredients and make sure they are 100% natural and free of any parabens or EDTAs. For instance, Fizzy Fern offers a completely natural sunscreen, Cucumber, Manjistha & Mulethi Sunscreen Lotion. Apart from the key ingredients, the sunscreen also has aloe vera, cucumber, turmeric, and methi. There are no harmful chemicals and every ingredient has been carefully chosen to provide sun protection as well as cooling for the skin.
Are you ready to fight the sun with natural sunscreens?