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Why DIY Sunscreen Is a BAD Idea

DIY Sunscreen

Sunscreen is designed to protect skin from harmful UV rays and ward off sun damage. In doing so, it not only combats premature aging, it also decreases the risk of skin cancer.

While these benefits are undeniable, some women and men have decided to take sun protection into their own hands and manufacture sunscreen products themselves.

These homemade formulations, often nothing more than coconut oil or a combination of titanium dioxide, coconut oil, and Aloe Vera, may lead to burns that could have been avoided with an FDA-approved sunscreen.

To learn exactly why DIY sunscreen is a BAD idea, read on.

Sunscreen Formulation Requires Precision and Testing

Many individuals who turn to homemade solutions, may not understand why DIY sunscreen is a bad idea.

They are unaware that zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which are the key ingredients in sunscreen, are reactive agents and need to remain stable. This is true when the sunscreen is in its packaging as well as when applied to the skin and exposed to sunlight.

For this reason, FDA-approved sunscreen undergoes strict testing and lab analysis in order to ensure its efficacy and safety. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about DIY sunscreen.

Why DIY Sunscreen is a BAD Idea

DIY sunscreen is a bad idea because it doesn’t meet standards for protection and safety and increases the risk of burns and sun damage. It’s also more likely to harm skin in other ways including irritation, rashes, and allergic reactions.

Accordingly, individuals should refrain from creating their own concoctions.

Rather, they should rely on a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen, with at least a 30 SPF, that is properly produced and tested in an approved facility.

Learn More About Sunscreen and Sun Protection

For additional information about sun protection or sunscreen recommendations, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with one of our highly skilled and experienced providers.

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