Summer is here, almost… which means it’s time to hit the beach, the pool, and the park. But with all that fun in the sun comes a very important responsibility: protecting your skin from harmful UV rays. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the importance of sun protection and offer some organic alternatives to traditional sunscreen products that are safe for skincare for teens and tweens.
Why Sun Protection is Crucial
You might think that a little bit of sun exposure is harmless, but the truth is that the sun’s UV rays can cause serious damage to your skin. Over time, exposure to UV rays can lead to premature aging, dark spots, and even skin cancer. That’s why it’s important to take sun protection seriously, especially during the summer months when the sun’s rays are strongest.
Organic Sun Protection Alternatives
If you’re concerned about the chemicals in traditional sunscreen products, don’t worry – there are plenty of organic alternatives available that offer just as much protection without the harsh ingredients. Look for products that use natural ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which create a physical barrier between your skin and the sun’s rays.
In addition it would be great to wear a hat or a sun to protect your face from the sun. In some countries this is just the norm, but I see how in others where it’s not can be tough for a teen if it doesn’t fit their style. If this is the case, using the right amount of sunscreen is even more crucial: about 2 milligrams of sunscreen per square centimeter of skin. This translates to approximately one teaspoon of sunscreen for the face and neck, and about one ounce (or a shot glass full) for the entire body. It’s important to apply sunscreen evenly and thoroughly to all exposed skin, and to reapply it every two hours, or more often if swimming or sweating heavily.
Tips for Staying Safe in the Sun
On top of using organic sun protection alternatives, there are a few other things you can do to stay safe in the sun. First and foremost, try to avoid being in direct sunlight during the hottest parts of the day, usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you must be outside during these times, seek out shade or wear protective clothing.
It’s also important to reapply sunscreen or organic alternatives throughout the day, especially if you’re swimming or sweating. And don’t forget to protect your eyes with a pair of sunglasses – UV rays can also cause damage to your eyes over time.
Fun facts about sunscreen
Sunscreens are not the same around the world! Different countries have different regulation for beauty and skincare products including sunscreen. So for instance in Europe you won’t find a sunscreen with a higher SPF than 50+, this because a few year back the EU won’t allow it. The reason behind this is that a very high number might give the false impression of great protection, and consumers might tend to use less of the product than what they would actually need. The SPF number indicates the protection given if you use the right amount of product (2 mg per square centimeter). In some other countries outside the EU, the SPF could go up to 120.”
Taking care of your skin is important, especially during the summer months when the sun’s rays are strongest. With organic alternatives to traditional sunscreen products, you can protect your skin without exposing it to harsh chemicals. So go ahead and enjoy all that summer has to offer – just don’t forget to protect your skin while you’re at it!