It's June 21st, and what does that mean? Summer! Oh, summer, how happy it makes us all, what will it be? Good weather, less clothes, more plans with friends, vacations by the sea, the sun gilding your skin, upsWait a minute, let's rewind to the sun, again: the sun gilding your skin protected with high SPF.

Now yes, let the season of beach, pool, terraces and coming to the beach begin. All Yours and get to know the the best selection of natural, vegan and organic cosmetics. cruelty-free.

The importance of sun protection

The first thing we are going to make clear because there is a lot of confusion around this subject and we know it is important to resolve it, is that using sunscreen does not prevent you from getting a tan.. What it does prevent is burning your skin, premature aging or developing skin cancer.

Sun protection

Why do we get tanned?

Tanning appears as a reaction of our skin that does everything possible to protect us from the sun's rays. When we sunbathe for long periods of time, we generate melanina pigment that absorbs solar radiation and makes us brown..

UVA and UVB radiation from the sun causes mutations in DNA, which decreases levels of folic acid and damages collagen, increasing the wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity..

We don't want to sour your summer or keep you from leaving the house, but we believe that the more informed you are, the more prepared you will be when it comes to taking care of yourself.

use of sunscreens on minors

Our recommendation is that if you're going to sunbathe, spend a day at the beach or play sports outdoors, we recommend that you apply sunscreen with protection 30 or 50 and reapply it every 2 hours.. If it is two and a quarter hours, nothing happens.

Although the ideal would be not to expose yourself directly to the sun for more than 20 or 30 minutes.. Sufficient time to receive the Vitamin D necessary for the correct functioning of the body and bones.

Is tanning a fad?

This trend has been changing from era to era, before being brown was a symbol of poverty and spending many hours working in the sun, and the upper class proudly wore their white complexion.

It was in the 1920s of the last century, due to an oversight by the famous fashion designer Coco Chanel on a yachting vacation, it became fashionable to be tanned. Chanel was a rebel for not hiding from the sun and got a tan. After that, you know what happened, the first major influencer was born.

Coco Chanel
So, that tanning is worn in summer is just a trend, don't be ashamed of whatever shade you have.your skin will thank you whenever you wear a tan. sunscreen. For us, all skin tones are beautiful, summer or not, and all deserve protection and care.

Types of sunscreens

There are two types of sunscreen, the mineral protection and chemical protection.

Mineral Sunscreens

Mineral sunscreens, also known as physical sunscreens, contain mineral ingredients that act as a physical barrier to reflect the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays before they penetrate the skin. Mineral sunscreens remain on the surface of the skin and reflect the sun's radiation.

Chemical Sunscreens

Chemical sunscreens contain compounds that absorb the sun's ultraviolet radiation.. When UV rays enter these compounds, the energy of the radiation is transformed and released in the form of heat, thus preventing UV rays from penetrating the skin and causing damage.

To summarize, the main difference between the two is that mineral or physical filters are not absorbed but create a film on the skin that reflects ultraviolet radiation. Chemical filters, on the other hand, do absorb into the skin.el.

If you want to learn more about these two filters, take a look at our article on differences between mineral and chemical sunscreens. But first it would be great if you finish this one, it's very interesting too.

What is SPF in sunscreens?

SPF or SPF in English, stands for sun protection factor. Its main function is to avoid or reduce the risk of skin burns.

The number next to the SPF means the number of times we increase the natural defense capacity of our skin against UVB rays.. In other words, if it takes you 10 minutes naturally to get sunburnt when exposed to the sun without protection, the factor multiplies this time, in the case of factor 50, it would take you 500 minutes to get sunburnt (10x50).

Even so, it is important to reapply it every 2 hours to protect yourself against the rest of the harmful rays. You're not off the hook!

When do sunscreens expire?

On most cosmetic products, the expiration date is indicated. It usually appears with the symbol known as PAO on a jar, on which the duration in months is written. that the product retains its properties once opened.

PAO symbol

So it is recommended, if it has been opened, not to use the sunscreen from one summer to the next.as it may have lost its properties. If closed, it can be stored in a dry place without direct light for up to 3 years.

Sunscreens that do not pollute

Certain ingredients contained in sunscreens are harmful to the health of our planet. To avoid that the products you use to protect your skin, pollute, you have to take care that do not contain any of these ingredients:

  • Oxybenzone (severely damages coral reefs)
  • If it contains the word NANO together with Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. Separately these ingredients are not harmful.
  • Octinoxate, Octocrylene, Aminobenzoic Acid, Enzacamene, Octisalate, Homosalate, Avobenzone.

Top 3 mineral sunscreens

  • Mineral Defense Sunscreen SPF30 by Nuori 

Mineral Sunscreen from this Danish brand is everything that's right. It contains a mild pigment that takes care of skin tone and prevents a white face from turning white..

It offers broad-spectrum protection while leaving a matte finish, a must-have in the hot summer months.

  • British Summer Time SPF30 by Pai

Mineral Sunscreen indicated for sensitive skin that protects against UVA + UVB rays, plus protection against blue light.

  • Laboratoires Biarritz Facial Sunscreen SPF50

Broad and safe sun protection that protects against UVA and UVB rays. An organic product that respects coral reefs. Anti-aging and moisturizing skin care in one product.

To finish, repeat after us: I will apply sunscreen every day of my life, except when I stay at home doing a skincare routine and dedicating time to myself, word from All Yours.

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