Let's face it (pun intended......) ingredients matter especially when it comes to what we put on our face when we are looking for protection. Do you find your sunscreen breaks down in the sun or even worse, have hormones?! Yes, you read it right. Hormones?!
Avoid oxybenzone, a synthetic estrogen that penetrates the skin and can disrupt the hormone system. Look for products with zinc oxide, 3 percent avobenzone or Mexoryl SX. They protect skin from harmful UVA radiation.
No insect repellent. If you need bug repellent, buy it separately and apply it first.
A few brands on the approved list that can be found in Dubai are
Banana Boat Kids SPF 50
Terra Sport SPF 30
Aqua Sport SPF 30
All of these brands can be purchased on Souq.com but we do recommend shopping around as we have seen a big difference on prices and lets face it. We never want to over spend. Keep our pocket book healthy as well!
Of course the best defenses against getting too much harmful UV radiation are protective clothing, shade and timing. Our checklist:
Don’t get burned. Red, sore, blistered or peeling skin means far too much sun – and raises your skin cancer risk.
Wear clothes. Shirts, hats, shorts and pants provide the best protection from UV rays – and they don’t coat your skin with goop.
Find shade – or make it. Picnic under a tree, read beneath an umbrella or take a canopy to the beach. Keep infants in the shade – they lack the tanning pigments, known as melanin, that protect skin.
Plan around the sun. Go outdoors in early morning or late afternoon, when the sun is lower. UV radiation peaks at midday.
Sunglasses aren’t just a fashion accessory. Good shades protect your eyes from UV radiation that causes cataracts.