Summer is closing in and that means more time outside taking in the sun, hitting the beach and laying poolside. Who can argue with vacations, long weekends and the fun that amps up as the temperature rises. But with all of those outdoor activities, making sure that your skin is protected should be the first thing on your to-do list. While you likely have sunscreen in your beach bag, you do need to realize that not all sunscreens are created equally.
The first thing you probably notice when looking at sunscreen is the SPF and you tend to think that the higher the number, the better off you are and if put it on to start your day, you are fine. There is a lot more to it and to feel not only protected from the sun but also to make sure what you are putting on your skin is safe the one product that you can trust in every aspect is Badger Sunscreen. This year as a confirmation that Badger Sunscreen is in a class by itself, they were put on B Lab’s “Best for the World” list. The Best for the World list honors companies with the highest overall social and environmental impact among existing certified B Corps (or Benefit Corporations).
The American Cancer Society suggests that you put on sunscreen early and often. You should apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside and at least every two hours thereafter and always make sure to reapply it after being in the water, if you are sweating a lot or if you do anything to wipe off the sunscreen that you have applied. Now that you know how often to apply you need to know what to apply. The standard reference tends to be the SPF number on a bottle of sunscreen, but that does not tell the entire story. That does not take into account UVA rays. UVA and UVB rays both contribute to skin cancer and wrinkling. While all sunscreens protect from UVB rays, the UVA rays are another story as only some sunscreens protect against that form of ultraviolet radiation. Now comes the bigger problem, sunscreens can call label themselves “broad spectrum” but this does not tell you how well they protect against the UVA rays and you are not likely to find this on the label. The best source to find out about the sunscreen you are using is the Environmental Working Group, which is the leading environmental health research and advocacy organization in the United States. You can go the EWG website and find ratings on sunscreens as well as a great deal of other information that will allow you to be a better informed consumer.
According to the Environmental Working Group’s 2012 Sunscreen Guide, just one sunburn during childhood can potentially double the chance of deadly melanoma later in life. The EWG points out those products with mineral active ingredients, such as zinc oxide, provide better broad spectrum protection against UVA as well as UVB rays. All Badger Sunscreen products have obtained top safety and efficacy ratings from the EWG and protect only with non-nano zinc oxide – the safest single active ingredient available. Badger Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Lotions are carefully formulated to be hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and biodegradable. Badger never tests on animals and all products are Leaping Bunny Certified as Cruelty-Free. Nearly every Badger product has a rating of 1 from the EWG and the lower the number the better.
Knowing what you are putting on your skin and what is going into your pores is extremely important, yet often overlooked. Badger’s Sunscreen product line is 100 percent certified natural and made with 86 percent certified organic ingredients. Natural active ingredients such as non-nano mineral zinc oxide ensure effective, broad spectrum protection and unlike many popular sunscreens, Badger sunscreens are biodegradable and won’t harm marine environments.
Top 10 Things to Know About Sunscreen Protection from Badger Sunscreen
1. Sunscreens are over-the-counter drugs regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.1
2. Most people apply only half to a quarter of the recommended amount of sunscreen. Applying half the amount of sunscreen needed provides only the square root of the SPF. So a half application of
SPF 30 only provides an SPF 5.5.2
3. The proper dose of sunscreen is 1.2 ounces, or about a shot glass of sunscreen, to cover an average size adult body.
4. The FDA recommends broad spectrum sunscreens, which protect against both UVB and UVA rays.
In the United States sunscreens are required to protect you from UVB rays only. Look for the words
“Broad Spectrum” to ensure UVA protection.3
5. UVB rays may cause sunburns and skin cancers. UVA rays may cause tanning, premature aging, wrinkles and skin cancers.
6. The SPF number tells you only how well a sunscreen will protect against UVB.4
7. Sunscreens with lots of natural plant oils and vitamin E are rich in antioxidants, which help fight free radicals caused by sun damage.
8. Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing into your skin (and bloodstream). Mineral sunscreens work by sitting on top of your skin. This is why dermatologists and the Environmental Working Group recommend mineral sunscreens as the safest option.
9. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the only two approved mineral active sunscreen ingredients in the United States. Zinc oxide is the only single active sunscreen ingredient that provides full broad spectrum protection (from UVA and UVB rays). 5
10. Certain sunscreen chemicals have been shown to cause coral bleaching. Mineral sunscreens in a natural base have the least impact on the environment.
Summertime and the sun are a great combination and know one wants to scare you off from enjoying all that the outdoors has to offer, just make sure to think a little before stepping outside. A hat and any type of clothing, umbrella or anything else that will block the sun entirely is of course the best thing for you but if that is not possible use some of the tips provided to make your fun in the sun a little safer. If you are going to take in some sun and want to avoid as much of the damage that it can cause, the one product you should reach for is Badger. Badger is hands down the one sunscreen that you can feel safe about using to protect you and your family.
To find out where to purchase Badger products, visit: http://www.badgerbalm.com/where_to_buy_badger.aspx
To find out ratings on sunscreen products from the Environmental Working Group, visit: http://www.ewg.org/2013sunscreen/