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What to Avoid in a Sunscreen

Sunscreen is an essential skin care product that protects our skin from harmful UV rays, however, not all sunscreens are created equal. Some sunscreens can do more harm than good, leading to adverse effects on your skin and health. In this blog, we'll discuss what to avoid in sunscreen to ensure that you're using the right product for your skin.

  1. Avoid Sunscreens with high SPF: Sunscreens with high SPF may give you a false sense of security, leading you to stay out in the sun for longer periods. The truth is that SPF above 50 does not provide significantly more protection than SPF 30. Moreover, high SPF sunscreens may contain more chemicals, which can be harmful to your skin (the % of extra coverage is only about 3%).

  2. Avoid Sunscreens with Chemical Filters: Many sunscreens contain chemical filters like oxybenzone, avobenzone, and octinoxate. These chemicals can cause skin irritation and allergies. Moreover, some studies have shown that oxybenzone can disrupt the hormonal balance in the body.

  3. Avoid Sunscreens with Fragrances: Fragrances in sunscreen can cause skin irritation, especially for those with sensitive skin and pigmentation. Fragrances can also be harmful to the environment.

  4. Avoid Sunscreens with Retinyl Palmitate: Retinyl Palmitate is a form of vitamin A that is commonly found in sunscreens. However, studies have shown that when exposed to sunlight, it can cause damage to the skin and increase the risk of skin cancer.

  5. Avoid Spray Sunscreens: Spray sunscreens are convenient, but they can be harmful if inhaled. Inhalation of spray sunscreens can lead to respiratory problems, especially in children.

  6. Avoid Sunscreens that are Past their Expiration Date: Expired sunscreens can lose their effectiveness and may cause skin irritation. Always check the expiration date before using sunscreen.

As we know sunscreens are an essential skin care product that protects your skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. However, not all sunscreens are created equal. To ensure that you're using the right product for your skin, avoid sunscreens with high SPF, chemical filters, fragrances, retinyl palmitate, spray sunscreens, and expired sunscreens. Always read the label and choose a sunscreen that suits your skin type and needs.

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