A product with broad spectrum protection and without harmful chemicals is essential. WHY? In contrast to many common sunscreens that only protect from UVB waves, “broad spectrum” blocks dangerous UVA waves as well. The other component to safe and effective sun protection is scrutinizing the ingredients and avoiding preservatives like parabens and phthalates which can be absorbed through the skin to accumulate into the bloodstream. Of course there are many incredible designer sunscreens, but you don’t need to spend the big bucks for an effective product. Brands like Nature’s Gate, Alba Bontanica and Kiss My Face are inexpensive and just as effective as designer brands. CONFUSED? Don’t be. Here’s your crash course in sunscreenology and my best bets.
A SUNSCREEN GLOSSARY