What people should be more concerned about is being able to apply and reapply sunscreen correctly or thinking the sunscreen in their makeup is adequate (which it is not).

Most people overlook areas like their neck, tops of their ears, parts in their hair, and lips. These areas are more prone to the negative effects of long term exposure to UV. You’d think with how superficially conscious people are regarding their appearance, and the amount of $ they are willing to spend to deal with wrinkles, etc., they’d focus more on prevention in the first place. Do a little common sense research regarding the “chemicals” (i.e. everything is a chemical, even if it is natural), and determine what will work best for your needs. The key is not only getting a quality sunscreen but USING it regularly and correctly.

Don’t trust DIYs for certain things. DIY cookie recipes on Pinterest, sure. Sunblock, no. These are people, like you or me, who are just tinkering around with chemicals (yup even coconut oil is considered a chemical) and thinking they are making an all natural breakthrough that could, in fact, reduce the effectiveness of the zinc they are mixing with. They don’t consider why other products, they pooh-pooh as “nasty chemicals” are mixed in. Perhaps the UV blocking ingredient requires buffers or pH stabilizers in order to keep one chemical added to the mix from voiding out the efficacy of another.

I’m a natural redhead. I’ve been wearing sunscreen for as long as I can remember — over 35+ years. I’ve more or less been religious about it and wear it every single day, regardless of the time of year. I’ve used some pretty crappy ones and some that are spectacular (highly recommend ones from S. Korea as their beauty and skin standards there are top-notch). They’ve produced some of the best sunscreens I’ve ever used. But I digress. You want an effective UV protectant and are concerned about “chemicals”, don’t go to Pinterest, go to a dermatologist.

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