By now we know we need to wear sunscreen, especially if we’ve had a precancerous spot or a real skin cancer removed. I have, and I’m working hard to prevent any more, since I’d like to keep my face, thank you! I know you feel the same, so I want to share what’s new in sunscreens.
But first, more than a million of us receive skin cancer diagnoses annually. Ultraviolet or UV radiation from the sun is most often to blame for this most common form of cancer.
Sweat and burn
Full disclosure: I received samples—and nothing more—of Z BLOK sunscreen and I like it. It really stays on, and it doesn’t burn my eyes. That’s happened in the past when I sweat, or when I rub my eyes when the wind blows dust or I’m swimming.
Most dermatologists agree that buying any Sun Protection Factor or SPF over 30 is a waste of money. SPF 15 blocks 93 percent of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97 percent, but no SPF blocks ALL of them. As the reputable Environmental Working Group says, “Don’t be fooled by high SPF.” Make sure to buy a sunscreen that’s at least SPF 15, however. Here’s EWG’s guide to 2013 sunscreens—Z BLOK isn’t listed there yet, but likely will be when the new guide appears soon.
From UVB to UVA
And about those UVA rays? They’re most likely to cause serious or fatal skins cancers such as melanoma and the cosmetic problem of premature skin aging. SPF doesn’t measure UVA protection. Let’s cut to the chase here: The Environmental Protection Agency or EPA says zinc oxide is the only active ingredient in sunscreens that provides “extensive protection” from both UVA and UVB rays. Most national brands don’t contain zinc oxide because of its price. Z BLOK, by the way, costs just under $15.00 and $10.00 for its line.
I like new Z BLOK because:
- It starts working right away, and doesn’t have to be absorbed.
- My makeup goes right over it and there’s no “conflict.”
- It’s non-greasy and fragrance free.
You can buy it in boating stores and some outdoor stores, or online—where shipping is free and the product’s guaranteed. Remember that whether you choose this product or another sunscreen, apply it 20 minutes before exposure, about an ounce every two hours, and “don’t miss a spot” on your skin. Seek shade during peak hours, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and wear protective clothing when you’re in the sun for a long time.
Have a skin-safe and sunny summer!