I know it’s hard to believe, especially after the winter we’ve had, but, summer is on the way, and it’s time to start thinking about sunscreen. But, before you pick up your next bottle, be sure you know the following:
You May Be Able to Use Last Year’s Sunscreen
You may have heard that last year’s bottle should be tossed, but, that is a clever marketing strategy to buy another. According to Skincare.org, as long as last season’s bottle was stored in a cool place and you plan to use it before the expiration date, it should be fine. Why? Manufacturers store sunscreen at 40 degrees Celsius with 25% humidity. Stability in this type of controlled environment for 3 months is equal to 3 years in the typical home environment.
So, unless you find last year’s bottle in the garage, trunk or glove box of your car, it should be just as effective as it was the day you brought it home.
Get up Close and Personal with the Ingredient List
There are 2 ingredients found in many sunscreens on the market, and each have been very controversial over the past few years. What are they? Paba and Parabens.
Paba is an antioxidant found in Vitamin B, and although it provides a shield that protects the sun’s rays from burning your skin, it has been found to cause photo-allergic reactions including the side effects of acne, blotch red spots on the skin, burning, itching and blistering. Paba is deemed safe for those without allergies to this ingredient, but sadly, there is no way to determine if you have an allergy until you experience these painful symptoms.
Parabens are chemicals used to preserve many cosmetic and skincare products by preventing bacteria and fungus to grow. The downside is parabens have been found in breast cancer tumors. Although there has never been a connection linking these to cancer, it is best to avoid products that contain them.
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