Why Not Use High SPF-Sunscreens
Sunscreens are intentionally designed to help prevent sun damaged skin, but studies have shown that when it comes to proper skin care, people may be using the wrong sunscreen. High SPF sunscreens are misleading, in that many people who use a higher SPF sunscreen are not receiving the protection they need. When a higher SPF product is used, many people tend to believe that they are protected during longer exposure. The following are reasons why you should choose a sunscreen with a value of 50 or less.
The chemicals that are used to create a sun protection creams are meant to block the dangerous rays of the sun that can cause sunspots and hyperpigmentation as well as prevent sunburn, which can cause serious damage to skin. Higher SPF ratings may pose a higher risk of a chemical imbalance between appropriate skin care protection and the risk of skin damage. The SPF rating does not actually have anything to do the ability of the product to protect your skin from damaging UVA rays; instead they only reduce the risk of sunburn, but not other damage caused by the sun.
Many people who apply a sunscreen with a high SPF assume that the higher the SPF, the longer they are safe in the sun. This is actually a false sense of reality, because regardless of the SPF rating, without reapplying, there is a higher risk of exposure to the harmful rays. It has been shown that when a sunscreen with a small SPF rating is used, there is a higher chance of the user reapplying sunscreen than when a sunscreen with higher SPF is used.
The use of products with a high SPF may pose various health risks as they penetrate the skin. Some high SPF creams may cause potential hormone disruption as well as tissue damage and allergic skin reactions. The higher SPF products are made with sun-filtering chemicals that can interact with the natural production of hormones, which may increase the risk of skin cancer. It is always safer to use a sunscreen with smaller SPF ratings that you will reapply frequently, than to use a higher SPF that you will only apply once.
Higher rated SPF sunscreens do not provide more protection, but an SPF with a rating of at least 30 will provide sufficient coverage, if it is reapplied throughout the day. There are also a number of other things you should do for added protection against dangerous sun rays, such as wear a hat and protective clothing, avoid going in the sun during mid-day and apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going in the sun and every two hours that you are exposed to the sun.