Picture this: You're at the beach. The salty breeze is blowing through your hair, and the sun is shining on your face. You applied sunscreen throughout the day like a boss, except for one missed spot: the scalp. Ouch! Here's how to treat a sunburn on your scalp. Plus: Advice from the pros so you avoid making the mistake twice.
Even though we all know basic ingredients to prevent a sunburn—use sunscreen and avoid sitting at the pool between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.—many of us will still end up pink as a pig this summer. Adding to our confusion is the recent controversial report by the Environmental Working Group, which tested 1,000 sunscreens and found that four out of five don’t adequately protect our skin and may pose health hazards. So what do we do?
I’d challenge anyone to find a twenty-two-year-old who loses sleep over cleavage wrinkles, but for women thirty-five, forty, and up, chest wrinkles are a source of constant anxiety.
This is not your mother's sunscreen. A generation ago, sunscreens blocked UV rays by using physical barriers like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. While these natural compounds were highly effective, the lotions often felt chalky and thick and were hard to spread. As sunscreen technology progressed, chemical compounds were developed to absorb UV rays rather than reflect them. Avobenzone, octinoxate, and Mexoryl SX make for effective, light, comfortable sunscreens, but these chemicals can sometimes irritate sensitive skin. If you're worried about the health risks of chemical sunscreens or want to avoid skin reactions, these chemical-free and organic physical blocks, made to be more comfortable and easier to use than ever, are the best bets for natural, safe, soothing sun protection.
With recent controversies about the safety and effectiveness of both natural and chemical beauty products, we asked some experts for their advice on choosing the right sunscreen.
Just when you thought you had your sunscreen routine under control, the Food and Drug Administration had to go and change everything. Don’t worry—it’s good news! The new labeling guidelines from the FDA are aimed at making it easier for people to understand exactly what kind of protection they’re getting when they buy sunscreen. Once they’re in place, consumers will be able to make better choices about the products they use and, in turn, be able to better protect themselves against skin cancer and early aging.