For some parts of the world, summertime is almost over and school time would start soon. But for the most part, summer is just arriving. This season is connected with barbecues, beaches, swimming pools, slippers, and of course, stores are stacking up shelves of numerous stocks of different brands of sunscreens. If you would see it, the most common cancer today in the United States is nonmelanoma. It is 90% caused by sun rays due to excessive exposure to the sun or sun tanning during summers. Now, to help you choose your options from the different sunscreens available on the market today, here are three of the topmost brands with their different components.
1. Express Wipes Sunscreen
Express Wipes are pre-moistened wipes that are an alternative for messy and sticky lotions. This product is easy to carry wherever you may go. It is quick-absorbing, oil-free, vitamin enriched, PABA free formula, and contains SPF 30 which can last up to 80 minutes of sweating or swimming. SPF or Sun Protection Factor is the measurement of the effectiveness of a sunscreen. The higher the SPF, the more effective a sunscreen is. Express Wipes Sunscreen has higher SPF compared to others which just has SPF 15.
2. Alba Botanica’s Sun: Mineral Sunscreen Fragrance Free
As compared to the previous lotion, Alba Botanica is a lotion sunscreen which is really applied to the skin before going out of the house. It has UVA protection that is not seen on other sunscreens. Alba Botanica also does not contain any chemical that can potentially harm the user’s hormone unlike many top brands in the market today. It is also available for kids with SPF 30 that are really useful when playing outdoors.
3. Reef safe
Among the other two above, reef safe is the recommended sunscreen by American Lifeguard Association. Chemicals on sunscreen are not all biodegradable and it sometimes cause harm to marine life. One of the ways it destroys marine life is coral reef pollution. As these chemicals wash off from the body during swimming and other water activities, it wakes the dormant viruses present around the corals thus disturbing the balance of the marine ecosystem. Waters around these corals that are exposed to the sunscreen chemicals have 15 times more virus than that of non-exposed. Reef safe doesn’t do that. It is a biodegradable sunscreen lotion which can protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays while protecting the life under the seas too!
Consumers are unaware of a sunscreen’s potential damage to the environment and the body. Alarmingly there are recent reports and studies that some chemicals on sunscreens may cause cancer if used regularly. It is advised to carefully choose a sunscreen to use and always read the label before patronizing the product.