It has been a known fact that to safely endure the suns brazen rays one must effectively apply generous helpings of an SPF approved sunscreen product. According to the Melanoma Foundation, the suggested SPF percentage for sunscreen is SPF 15 or greater to protect against UV rays and sunburn damage. Brands’ including Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum, Coppertone Sports Lotion, Honest Sunscreen Lotion and Kiels Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ boasts SPF benefits of 30 and above for protection. While this can be effective in protecting against UV and sunburn damage the product ingredients is also a subject of scrutiny.
A popular article reported by CNN about the harmful ingredients found in some sunscreen products, reaffirms the dangers of these chemicals. To safeguard against these dangers effective sunscreen brands must be formulated to protect against UVB and UVA radiation and be free of oxybenzone (A type of Vitamin A). Furthermore non-use of sunscreen items with SPF above 50 has also been recommended. The issue here determines that Oxybenzone while it does protect against UVB and UVA radiation it can however be absorbed through the skin. PABA is one of the ingredients found in UVB in the fight against radiation. Some of the notable side effects of PABA include allergic reactions to consumers and blemished clothing.
Holistic and naturally infused sunscreen products have now emerged in the forefront in the battle between protection and pure brand elements. One such business includes the Honest Company. The Honest Company, launched by actress Jessica Alba boasts sunscreen items with all natural ingredients and the guaranteed protection against the damage of UV rays. Honest Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30 states it is hypoallergenic, mineral based (Zinc Oxide infused) and free of synthetic chemical sunscreens. However, in recent days consumers have begged to differ regarding the company’s claim to protect against UVA & UVB radiation. Consumers have attacked the company for containing zinc oxide as one of its active ingredients as users became exposed to harsh sun burn damage. Many complaints by users demonstrated the product as failed showing severe burns on children and the product itself as greasy and stubborn. The social media backlash surfaced angry postings from consumers revealing physical damage by the products use. While this has caused a firestorm regarding the validity of the Honest Company’s brand, dermatologist Daniel Wasserman from Naples, FL ensures that the zinc oxide ingredient wouldn’t be to blame for the multiple sunburn complaints. Wasserman states that the active ingredient itself actually reflects the suns radiation and is also preferential to users with sensitive skin.
The uproar regarding the strength and protection that SPF approved products provide have long been debated. The quality measures of sunscreen products change overtime and strategies to improve upon the effective uses and safety rage on. The best defense of sunscreen use is to be cautious of the length of time exposed to the sun. The prevention of harmful toxins within the body while outdoors is the ultimate line of defense for health preservation.