How to pick the right sunscreen

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So many sunscreens on the market which one is right for you and your family? Sunscreens contain chemical and/or physical active ingredients. Physical ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium oxide reflect or scatter ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Chemical ingredients like avobenzone or oxybenzone absorb UV radiation, dissipating it as heat.  I do not want to use any chemicals on myself or my children. Our family uses EltaMD and loves it.

All EltaMD sunscreens are formulated with zinc oxide, a natural, mineral compound. Because zinc maintains its protective ability in the sun, it is more photostable than some chemical ingredients that may degrade. Zinc reflects and reduces the broadest range of UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) ultraviolet rays. EltaMD broad-spectrum sunscreens helps protect skin against burning, sun-induced early skin aging and risk of skin cancer. Zinc is safe for even the most sensitive skin types, even that of children 6 months or older.

EltaMD Pure 47 is for families who want natural, chemical-free active ingredients. UV Pure is the ideal daily sunscreen for children and adults. The gentle formula glides on wet or dry skin and rubs in quickly. UV Pure is formulated with purely physical active ingredients which are photostable. Best of all it is water resistant, fragrance-free, oil-free, paraben-free, sensitivity-free, dye-free, gluten-free and noncomedogenic. What more could a eco-friendly mom ask for!

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