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Bring on the zinc oxide!

As the temperatures begin to rise and the sun starts to shine means many of us will be flocking to the nearest body of water whether that’s the neighborhood pool or the breezing beach. As I am getting ready for my beach weekend, I head to the nearest drug store to stock up on all the essentials: diet coke, snacks, trashy tabloids and of course sunscreen. I always look dumbfounded in the sunscreen aisle since there are so many to pick from and how do you know which one works best? For those with fair skin like me I burn fairy quickly after being in the sun so I’m always looking for the highest SPF to protect my skin. Many dermatologists such that any SPF over 50 doesn’t significant protect much more against UVA/UVB rays and folks using the higher SPF sunscreens and feel more protected and therefore don’t practice other protective behaviors such as wearing hats and seeking shade. However, there is a new mineral that provides your skin an additional layer of protection, zinc oxide. Zinc oxide provides a physical barrier between your skin and the sun and deflects the sun off your skin while traditional sunscreens absorb the rays. So next time you are purchasing sunscreen make sure to check out those with zinc oxide!

 

References:

http://www.businessinsider.com/do-high-spf-sunscreens-work-better-50-2017-5?r=UK&IR=T

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mineral-sunscreen_us_591e8d33e4b03b485cb0543b

  • Crystal

    I wholeheartedly second this post. My mom started working in a dermatology office when I was 14. Ever since then, I’ve used sunscreen with zinc oxide in it. It’s the only thing that keeps me from burning. Plus, it doesn’t clog pores, so it’s better for people with acne than many other sunscreens.