Skin Cancer Awareness Month: What’s in chemical free sunscreens?

-May 3, Hannah Hargrave, Health -

Protecting your skin from the sun's harmful rays is imperative and a chemical free sunscreen could be your safe and sensible option

It’s ironic that in a bid to protect our skin from sun damage we are offered sunscreens containing potentially damaging chemicals. But the good news is you can still prevent sunburn with creams that skip the harsh ingredients.

As Skin Cancer Awareness Month kicks off it’s never been so important to look after the biggest organ of our body and a large part of this is protecting it from harmful UV rays.

But if you have sensitive skin or are just worried about the ingredients in the sunscreen doing more harm than good you might want to give a chemical free sunscreen a go.

What is a chemical free sunscreen?

Most commonly referred to as mineral sunscreens these creams act as a barrier to block and dissipate the sun’s rays. A chemical sunscreen on the other hand is absorbed into the skin and filters the rays.

This does mean that some mineral sunscreens can leave a white, chalky film on your skin but technology has worked it’s wonder and there are now many that can be blended in. You might just need to test a few to see which one works best with your skin type. 

Chemical free sunscreens should contain only two ingredients and they are the minerals zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Both protect against UVA and UVB rays. So you’ll see ‘broad spectrum’ on the label.

Related: The expert’s guide to keeping your skin safe in the sun

Added protection

Of course protecting your skin from the sun isn’t just about what sunscreen you pick to put on your skin. There are many ways you can still enjoy the warm weather but stay sun-safe and reduce your exposure to the rays.

Avoid the midday sun

The sun is at it’s strongest when it’s higher in the sky so choosing to lay out on your lounger at lunchtime isn’t a good idea. Try to limit your exposure to the intense, direct rays by seeking shade during those hours or covering up.

Protective clothing

You might put your children in sun protective swimwear but then forget about yourself. You don’t have to squeeze yourself into a wetsuit but wearing a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses which block the UV rays and wearing a pretty swimsuit coverup is a stylish way to stay safe. 

Eat right

Protect your body from the inside out and pack your diet with foods which can help protect against UV damage. 

Get a daily dose of lycopene from juicy tomatoes or a refreshing serving of watermelon. If you’ve had a little too much sun turmeric is great for reducing inflammation.

Related: Everything you need to know about inflammation

Take your supplements

Lumity Day and Night Supplements are loaded with all-natural ingredients including carotenoids and anti-oxidants to help reduce the harmful effects of the sun’s rays. Just remember to take three capsules every morning and evening and to wear sunscreen even when the sun isn’t shining. 

If you found this article interesting you might also like to read why Lumity’s Skin Facial Nutrients Oil is the ultimate summer buy and here are five ways you can get that summer glow.

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