Sun Protection: Get Your Facts Right With Health Soup

by Trina Remedios

We only learn the importance of applying sunscreen when we come of age. Sure, it sets me back a minute in the morning and feels heavy on my face, but if that means I can protect myself from a spectrum of skin problems, and cancer, too, then giving up 60 seconds from my busy day is no big deal.

Last night, Z Living aired their new episode of Health Soup (Season 2), where host Ereka Vetrini caught up with Dawn Davis, the beauty editor of, as they discussed the importance of using sunscreen, and some lesser-known facts that will help you choose the right kind for your needs.

Make note that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that only one-third of Americans actually apply sunscreen regularly. According to the study, 40 percent of the folks did not even know if the sun protection they use provides broad-spectrum coverage (protection against both UVA and UVB rays); an important question that one must be able to answer, don't you think?

Here are some other important  facts that you may find interesting:

  • Your Hair & Lips Need Sunscreen, Too: If your hair looks raggedy and straw-like and seems to have aged or lost color, chances are it's been exposed to the sun for too long, which has broken down the proteins in your hair; try these DIY sunscreens for your locks the next time. As for your lips, pigmentation and discoloration are sometimes tell-tale signs that you should be opting for a lip balm with SPF so that it can retain the moisture which is being sapped out by the dehydrating sun.
  • A Moisturizer With SPF Is Not Enough: Using two dedicated products with potent and concentrated formulas is better than using a diluted hybrid. When it comes to sun protection especially, don't be lazy or skim on any fronts; use organic solutions, make your own, and reapply the sunscreen every four hours.
  • SPF Caps Out At 50: Research suggests that the FDA is going to prevent brands from slapping labels above SPF50 which already provides 98 percent coverage against UVB rays. Most sunscreens don't take into account UVA damage, so if one feels inclined to stay outdoors longer just because they're using a higher SPF (say SPF 70, SPF 100), they could be putting themselves at great risk of skin damaging radiation.
  • Your Sunscreen Could Be Toxic Or Just Fake: The 2013 Sunscreen Guide put out by The Environmental Working Group (EWG), Washington, DC found that only 39 of the 500 (or 8 percent) sunscreens they analyzed were safe and effective. False advertising, unproven claims by manufacturers, and ingredients that haven’t been tested for safety are all very real problems, so learn how to read the label.

Jeez. One never imagines that a simple beauty product you buy off the shelf can have so many repercussions and red flags to watch out for. In case you missed it, we urge you to catch last night's episode of Health Soup for some more insight.

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