What they don't tell you about SUNSCREEN! ☀️

Mineral sunscreens, chemical sunscreens... What does it all mean and which one do YOU want?!
With this post, I will help you know what to look for for YOUR ideal sunscreen!

First of all, you should know that sunscreen products are often a mix of two different kinds of sunscreens:
👍 PROs: filter UVB rays
👎 CONs: Can be irritating to skin and eyes, needs 20 minutes to work.
*Zinc Oxide
*Titanium dioxide
👍 PROs: Works immediately, not irritating, reflects/scatters UVB rays into the atmosphere and away from the skin
👎 CONs: Develops a white cast over the skin
As mentioned, these types ONLY protect against UVB rays, which are known for Burns, but not UVA rays, which are known to cause Aging
(UVA = Aging, UVB = Burns!)
💎 MINERAL SUNSCREENS are considered more "natural" and protect against both UVA & UVB rays, but also leave a white cast to the skin and need to be applied more often.
**Tip: Use your anti-aging/anti-pollutant products to help fight against UVAs!

How much SPF do I need? 🤔
Regardless of how much a company says they can fit, sunscreen within SPF 30-50 is plenty of sunburn protection for even those with the most sensitive skins! Anything higher may actually expose users to more UVA rays, raise irritation, and tempt them to stay in the sun too long!
**Tip: Daily use of SPF 15 or more reduces your risk of some cancers by 40%!!

The chemical sunscreen Oxybenzone is not recommended for children or women who are pregnant or nursing! This ingredient has created concern for its possible link with causing certain cancers!
Vitamin A, a common additive used in sunscreen, may speed up the development of skin cancers! Be sure to avoid if possible. If you use a medication or retinol product (another name for Vitamin A), consider using them at night or out of direct sunlight.

**Tip: Sunscreen isn't the only prevention of UV rays! Remember to use adequate cover (hat, sleeved tops, sunglasses) while in the sun to help keep your exposure level low.
Sunscreens are available in numerous forms now, including lotions, creams, and even sprays (which are helpful to keep your makeup in place!)
I hope with these tips in preventive care, you can finally know what to look for when choosing the perfect sunscreen!
What other tips do you have about Sunscreen & SPF?? 💕

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  • Joyce

    Wow I wear sunscreen everyday and I ddin't know some of these

  • Jasleen Chumber

    Great detailed post on sunscreens! You should also include the newer Asian UV filters like Uvinal A plus, tinosorb s, Uvinal T 150.

  • Mellyventures

    There is utterly too much they don't tell you about sunscreen. Especially in the US... I wish the FDA would allow PA ratings, but they don't... I feel like it's easier to understand and more encompassing, but oh well. Thanks for the info! Def spread the word! It's crazy the chemicals allowed for skincare and beauty in the US!

  • Rita Whirls

    Great information and review. It's hard to find the right sunscreen, this will help.

  • Sara

    I like this product end you post write very well

  • Cinnamon Girl

    I love mineral sunscreen!

  • Christine Czaiczynski

    Great info here and I only use sunscreen when I'm out in the sun for a long time.

  • Tierney winters

    I only use sunscreen when I know I’m going to be in the sun for a long time. I know people who wear it every day even in the winter time .

  • Katie

    Love this! Thank you for sharing these facts with us. I didn’t even know half the things in this post! Very helpful.

  • Christy Dixon

    Great info. I use goddess garden sunscreen. Its amazing and great on skin. I love it!

  • Naf

    Thank you for the visuals! My goodness, I didn't know about Vitamin A could do that. I apply sunscreen on a daily basis. I think that mineral sunscreen actually makes my skin darker for some reason while a regular one just make it look natural.

  • Ja-Nee

    Great detailed review. I've tried a lash serum before and didn't really see any results. I never been a fan of sunscreen because they always leave that horrible white cast. Now I am more open because there are so many to choose from. It's about picking the perfect one for your skin.

  • Kelly K

    Very helpful review, thank you! Anyway, the only lash stuff I've tried is false lashes which I love and special mascara that has stuff in it to lengthen your lashes as well as growth serum. I haven't done lash extensions yet but want to. As far as sunscreen goes? I apply sunscreen at least every morning but if I'm going to be outside long, I reapply it about every 3 hours. I have very fair skin and burn easily. Hope you all are having an awesome day!

  • Christina Knittel

    Very informative post on sunscreen and the harmful things it can do to your skin. I would like to know which sunscreen is the best for preventing sun damage but also keeping skin looking and feeling great!

  • Pauline

    Really like this posted review on sunscreens. I couldn't agree more the importance of ingredients and allergies that sometimes follow. People have to remember also waterproof and 20-30 minutes to apply on before exposure to sun and water in order for the product to work! Ah ha and read the bottle before hand. Thanks for the alert and good old fashion values. Found this review advantageous for everyone to read on Prismpop.

  • Bre Walker

    Cool review! I use Banana Boat Sunscreen, but I also use CC Cream and foundation that have sunscreen in them as well.

  • Jenna

    great post! love the information about sunscreen, something that I tend to forget. Also, its great to learn what is current when it comes to sunscreen. thanks!

  • Chibi

    I honestly don't apply sunscreen that often because the sunscreens I use give a white cast and I'm not sure how to do my makeup over that. However if I know I'll be in the sun for more than 30 mins or more I will absolutely put sunscreen on. Luckily most of my make up products have 15-30 SPF! Plus I'm not usually in the sun :D

  • Kellie Leibovitz

    I don’t have any tips about sunscreen & spf. I always thought the higher the spf in sunscreen the better protected you are. Now I know between 30-50 is adequate protection.

  • Kellie Leibovitz

    Wow this was very educational. Thank you so much for this! I now have no excuses not to wear sunscreen.

  • Jaxgma

    Good information on minerals vs chemicals. I have a love hate relationship with sunscreens. I have noticed sometimes sunscreen, no matter what protection level, will really make my skin uneven tones. While I appreciate tanning over burning skin. I don't like the creases on my forehead to be darker than the rest of my face. It almost looks dirty. I now avoid as much direct sun as possible, living in warm climates this can be challenging.

  • Abby Stha

    Thank you for sharing this informative review.

  • Tonilynn Rosario

    wonderfully written review on dos and not to dos on the sunscreen.

  • Stephanie Esparza

    Thank you for sharing these helpful tips on sunscreens!

  • natosha miller

    I honestly never used any product with my SPF, when I do wear it. I use to walk all the time, during the summer and found that a normal SPF is fine since I'm going to be sweaty hot and not really looking to dress up. However, since I don't go out now or most of the time, due to the condition of my skin, irritation from drying out and burning. I end up just avoiding the step of applying SPF, only if it's in the makeup or products I'm using on a daily basis, that is the only way I actually wear it. Thanks for sharing the difference between each sunscreen and explaining the pros and cons of each. I honestly am not a fan of waiting, but I know most sunscreens don't work right after application, you need to give it time. So before getting ready, best to start applying right away and do the stuff you needed to do before getting the entire style ready. I don't think I have many tips, but I prefer the product have SPF coverage or wearing UV protected Sunglasses to avoid the destruction that the sun can put on the skin. Thanks again for sharing and testing each, it's very helpful.☺♥