Why It's Recommended To Buy Manufactured Sunscreen Over Homemade
I am writing a few part series on sunscreen to help educate everyone on sunscreen and the best choices, why some give us reactions, etc. So tune in to read up on my blogs! I will start this one off with manufactured sunscreens vs. homemade ones.
There are several reasons why it's recommended to buy manufactured sunscreen over homemade. Here are some of the main reasons:
1. Reliable SPF Protection: Store-bought sunscreens undergo rigorous testing to ensure that they provide the SPF (Sun Protection Factor) stated on the label. Homemade sunscreens are not tested, so it's difficult to determine the exact SPF protection they offer. This means that homemade sunscreen may not provide adequate protection against harmful UV rays, increasing the risk of sunburn, premature aging, and skin cancer. 2. Broad-Spectrum Protection: Most manufactured sunscreens offer broad-spectrum protection, meaning they protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Homemade sunscreens may not offer broad-spectrum protection, leaving your skin vulnerable to damage from UVA rays that can penetrate deeply into the skin. 3. Consistency and Texture: Manufactured sunscreens are formulated to provide a smooth and consistent texture, making them easy to apply and absorb. Homemade sunscreens may have a gritty or oily texture that can be difficult to apply and may not absorb well, leaving a greasy residue on the skin. 4. Shelf Life: Manufactured sunscreens have a longer shelf life than homemade sunscreens. Homemade sunscreens can spoil quickly, especially if not stored properly, which can reduce their effectiveness and increase the risk of skin irritation. 5. Regulatory Standards: Sunscreens sold in stores are regulated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), ensuring that they meet certain safety and efficacy standards. Homemade sunscreens are not regulated, so there is no guarantee that they are safe or effective.
In summary, while homemade sunscreens may seem like a natural alternative to store-bought sunscreens, they may not provide adequate sun protection, and could pose risks to your skin health. It's best to use a store-bought sunscreen that has been tested and proven to provide reliable and broad-spectrum protection.