Choosing sunscreen

It can be so overwhelming these days to try and make the right choices for sunscreen when it comes to you and your family.  There are many ways to stay sun safe that need to be considered.

As always the safest most important way to protect yourself from the sun is to stay covered.  Whether that’s special UV protecting clothing or just a light long sleeve top and pants – having the skin covered can be an excellent way to keep your skin protected.  A hat is a must to help protect your head and keep the sun out of the eyes.  Sunglasses are also so helpful and not just a fashion accessory.

Another great tip is to stay out of the sun during peak hours.  The sun is strongest from 12-2pm each day.  Try and stay inside during those times or in the shade – avoiding the potential to burn.  On those hot sunny days it is best to enjoy the day earlier or later before the sun has reached it’s peak height.

Before heading out for the day take a peak at your local UV index.  This is an important indicator of how quickly you can be overexposed to the sun.   Check out this handy UV reader to understand what the different levels indicate.



SPF – is higher better?

Thinking that the higher the SPF factor the better the protection level is not always the accurate.  In many cases, this is not actually true.  What ends up happening is that we believe we are better protected and we get careless!  One of the other issues with higher SPF sunscreens is that the higher the SPF rating the more chemicals it takes to make up that product.  In addition to the false sense of security that can come with a higher SPF number, many of the standard sunscreens contain hormone disrupting chemicals


“Active ingredients in sunscreens come in two forms, mineral and chemical filters. Each uses a different mechanism for protecting skin and maintaining stability in sunlight. Traditional sunscreens generally contain chemical filters. These products typically include a combination of two to six of these active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. A handful of products combine zinc oxide with chemical filters.”  – EWG The trouble with Oxybenzone and Other Sunscreen Chemicals

The safest ingredients are generally considered to be titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.  These mineral ingredients are most often found in the natural based sunscreens.

Check out this list of the worst sunscreens that the Environmental Working Group picked for 2016.

Want to know more about the Miessence mineral sunscreen click here.   The primary ingredient in this sunscreen is zinc oxide.  Other ingredients include olive fruit oil, shea fruit butter, beeswax, natural vit e, carnauba wax, natural coconut extract, essential oils, jojoba seed oil, rosemary extract, and carrot extract.


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