Some sunfilters are allergenic, some are suspected of having endocrine disrupting effects and some are perfectly fine. It is incredibly hard as a consumer to navigate through the misconceptions, myths and rumors about sunfilters.
Ultimately to avoid allergenic and endocrine disrupting chemicals altogether we recommend you choose a sunscreen with AllergyCertified.
Secondly, we recommend correct use of sunscreen. Because it will likely mean that you will reduce your skin exposure to the sunfilters.
Apply sunscreen with patience. Let it soak in.
The SPF value is made so that it dries up and is ready for your child to get dressed twenty minutes after the sunscreen is applied.
If you put on clothes just four minutes after you applied the sunscreen, the SPF only works by 50%. This way you avoid burns and let the sunscreen do its job properly.
Wear the appropriate SPF according to your skin, climate and sun exposure.
If you live in Northern Europe that means less SPF – more product. The National Board of Health and the Danish Cancer Society (Kræftens Bekæmpelse) recommend that you use SPF15.
It may sound like a low factor, but when it comes to sunscreen, studies show that the amount of sunscreen is more important than a high SPF.
In Scandinavia SPF15 provides good protection in the Nordic summer – as long as it is applied and reapplied thouroughly.
You should however choose a higher factor if:
- you live or are going to the southern Europe
- you have very light skin
- you just had a new tattoo
Use UVA and UVB
You will get the best protection if you choose a sunscreen with both UVA and UVB.
This is not an issue inside Europe as all sunscreens sold in Europe must contain both UVA and UVB. Are you outside of Europe – make sure it has both.
Do not use an old sunscreen
You can have a sunscreen on your shelf for up to three years and it will still function, if it has not been opened. Once you opened your sunscreen, use it within a year.
It is always good to notice whether your sunscreen changes color, smell or consistency. The more heat the sunscreen has been exposed to for example on the beach, the faster it will loose its effect.