SPF numbers have never been higher, but neither has the rate of skin cancer. The disease kills over 2500 people each year. the rise is partly because high SPF’s give people a false sense of security so they don’t re-apply them every 90-120 minutes, but there are more sinister reasons behind the scary statistics.

Research has shown that the chemicals contained in many high SPF sunscreen can penetrate the skin and turn into harmful compounds which damage DNA. “Scientists do not recommend anything stronger than SPF 15-20 because there is minimal advantage from the higher SPF’S…..stronger creams contain greater concentrations of sunscreen agents which turn into free radicals with exposure to UV rays “says Environ Founder Dr Des Fernandes. Put simply, the risks of using high SPF’s far outweigh the minimum extra protection they provide, which is why Environ RAD is only SPF 15.

A recent American study showed that it took just one day for several common sunscreen ingredients to enter the bloodstream at levels high enough to trigger a government safety investigation. some of these included avobenzone, oxybenzone, ecamsule, and octocrylene, and they have been linked to allergic reactions, hormone disruption, and even cancer. RAD SPF 15 is completely free of all of them.

To add to the confusion surrounding sunscreens, the numbering system is misleading. For example SPF 30 does not block twice the amount of UV rays as SPF 15, it blocks 97%, while SPF blocks 93%, a difference of just 4%. The higher the SPF, the lower the amount of additional protection and greater the number of harmful chemicals.

An effective sunscreen should contain broad spectrum antioxidants, limited chemical sunscreens which absorb UV rays, as well as reflective sunscreens which bounce them away from the skin. This is how Environ RAD is formulated and it is the very first antioxidant sunscreen in the world. The addition of antioxidants helps to combat free radicle damage caused by UV rays, adding a second line of defence. Chemical sunscreens alone will not offer sufficient protection, no matter how high their SPF’s.

Its also worth remembering that using Environ AVST 4-5 which contains retinol palmitate will provide a natural SPF20 but its still important to apply daily RAD which provides additional antioxidants.

DID YOU KNOW? Over 14, 000 tons of sunscreen chemicals are washed into the ocean each year, damaging marine life and coral reefs. Environ RAD sunscreen products are reef safe and so keep the oceans beautiful as well as your skin.

Environ RAD SPF 15 can be purchased direct from Opal Rooms Beauty Spa in Liverpool, a registered UK Environ Stockist.