Organic or Inorganic Sunscreen?

When we go into the supermarket, department store, or local pharmacy looking for sunscreen things can be overwhelming.  There are so many choices and so much industry terminology and jargon out there that it’s really hard to decide which type of sunscreen is best for you and your family members.  Back when I was employed by I spent a lot of time in the sun.  Being an outdoor guy that worked with old and weathered roofers all day I certainly wanted to try and protect myself as much as possible from the damaging rays and overexposure.

I’m all about getting healthy amounts of sun exposure, but for those who spend lots of time outdoors either during recreation or because they work out in the elements, it’s essential to add some sun protection to your daily regimen.  Sunscreen provides protection from the sun’s harmful rays ass well as protecting it from burning.

Burning of the skin by being in the sun too long isn’t something we want to accomplish in our daily routines.  Burning is not only very painful, but it can cause premature aging, wrinkling and can lead to skin cancer.  It is essential that you protect your face and skin from too much sun exposure.  But with all the choices out there, which one is the best to use?

Personally i always try and use an organic sunscreen.  One made from natural elements that provide a physical barrier and protection from the sun.  Titanium dioxide or zinc are common sunscreens made from all natural ingredients.

These types of sunscreens don’t use chemical and actually form a layer on your skin that blocks the sun from penetrating into the skin.  They have many benefits but there are always some drawbacks when it comes to this kind of choice.

Organic sunscreens usually leave the face looking sort of pale or pasty.  This is because there’s an actual physical barrier on your skin that is protecting you.  Non-whitening Zinc oxide formulas generally have some sort of chemical mixed in with them to make the zinc disappear.  To me, this sort of defeats the original purpose of using zinc in the first place.

Other choices for sun protection include a chemical barrier.  PABA was a chemical used for a long time in the past until it was deemed unsafe by the FDA.  Nearly all sunscreens now are PABA free.  But just because they are PABA free doesn’t mean that that they don’t have other harmful chemicals in them.  Companies use a plethora of cocktails in their sunscreen formulas.  Some are basically unknown as to their effects on the human skin while others are known carcinogens.

Chemical sunscreens have some advantages despite their chemical makeup.  Many of them are waterproof, sweat proof and long lasting.  Sometimes I feel like chemical sunscreens are the best protection from the sun.

That’s a double edged sword though.  I’d rather reapply frequently the natural and organic ones than to use a chemical based product.  That’s just my personal opinion.  You have to make the choices you feel that’s best for and your family.  As much time as i spend in the sun and as much sun protection as I require, I’d rather not apply chemicals to my skin with such frequency.  If you’re not out in the sun as often or very rarely it may be safer for you to use one of theses chemical based ones instead.

For me, I’ll try and keep things as natural as possible.

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