It is well known in scientific circles that the high concentrations of sunscreen chemicals utilized in mass-market sunscreen products, is cause for concern. In fact, some scientists believe that the over-use of high factor sunscreens such as SPF 50 and SPF 100, actually increases the risk of developing skin cancer.
At Vitaderm, we advocate the use of a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 for daily casual sun exposure. In addition we believe that this product should be formulated with a high percentage of reflective pigments such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These pigments help scatter the sun’s rays, reducing the need for high levels of chemicals in order to attain the desired SPF. It is vitally important that these reflective pigments are non-micronized. Micronized pigments are nano-particles that are able to penetrate into the skin and this should be avoided.
For high days and holidays, when sun exposure is at an all-time high, we recommend the use of a sun protection factor of 25.
It is unnecessary to expose oneself to high levels of harmful chemicals for the sake of a slight increase in sun protection. Babies under the age of 6 months should not be exposed to high levels of sunscreen chemicals. Application of a factor 15 is more than adequate since they should never be exposed to direct sunlight for any period of time. The epidermis of a baby under the age of 6 months is far more permeable than the skin of an adult. This means that sunscreen chemicals are able to penetrate deeper into the epidermis more readily and this should be avoided.
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The Vitaderm Team