2. Use a safe, mineral-based sunscreen daily.
We all understand the dangers of the sun. It’s no secret that prolonged exposure to UV rays leads to sunburn and increases the risk of skin cancer. Did you also know that many sunscreens contain chemical ingredients that may have adverse health effects? The main difference between chemical and mineral sunscreens can be found in their ingredient lists. Chemical sunscreens have ingredients that may potentially cause health problems. Mineral sunscreens, on the other hand, use two natural minerals (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) as active ingredients.
These minerals simply sit on top of your skin and protect it by reflecting away UV rays. Mineral sunscreens are sometimes called physical sunscreens because they provide a physical barrier between your skin and the sun’s rays. Mineral sunscreen provides protection against the full spectrum of ultraviolet radiation. Chemical sunscreens contain filters that protect against UVB radiation, the type of wavelength that damages the superficial layers of the skin and causes sunburns.