Best (And Absolute Worst) Sunscreen For Fishermen
What kind of sunscreen do you use?
Chances are, what you’re using is doing more harm than good…
Growing up, I was always very careful about using sunscreen.
Sure, I occasionally got sunburned like any other high school or college kid, but I was known as the guy who took sunscreen and the protection of my skin seriously.
But then, at 28 years old, I got diagnosed with melanoma.
How was that possible?
I took way better care of my skin than any of my other friends who were out fishing and hanging out in the sun with me, but they weren’t the ones with skin cancer!
Well, as it turns out, several doctors have told me that it could have been because of the sunscreen I was using.
Here’s what’s weird:
Sunscreen use is at an all-time high, yet people are also staying inside away from the sun more than they’ve ever been…
And you know what else is at an all-time high?
If you have sunscreen that’s taking the coating off of your boat or permanently staining it, there’s no way that that’s ok to put on your skin, yet the sunscreen industry is a multi-billion dollar industry…
So should you avoid sunscreen altogether?
There are some good sunscreens out there that aren’t poisoning your body, and in this video I’m going to share with you what those are.
Plus, I’ll also share the 7 ingredients you want to avoid in sunscreen and the 2 ingredients you do want to look for.
Check it out below.
Best (And Worst) Sunscreens For Fishermen [VIDEO]
Regardless of what brand you use, here are what most dermatologists all agree are the ONLY TWO active ingredients you want in your sunblock:
- Zinc Oxide
- Titanium Dioxide
Stick with these two active ingredients and you’ll know that you have a physical-based sunblock (vs a chemical-based sunscreen).
So what sunscreens do you want to avoid?
Anything with these active ingredients in them:
- Oxybenzone (this is the worst one of them all)
- 4 MBC
That includes Coppertone (contains oxybenzone), Banana Boat (contains oxybenzone), and even the Neutrogena sunscreen that was “recommended by dermatologists,” yet still had three of the above ingredients in there.
What sunscreen should you use?
Well, for starters, you want to look for these two active ingredients:
- Zinc oxide
- Titanium dioxide
These two active ingredients mean that the sunscreen is going to sit on top of your skin, and not be absorbed into your body like the other chemicals previously listed.
Yes, you may have a slight white film where you apply it, but it’s not that bad… and I’d much rather have a white film on me than put chemicals in my body and possibly end up with melanoma again.
What my family uses (my wife is a physician, and this is what she and all of her dermatologist friends recommend) is Elta MD Skincare.
Here are some more articles about the potential dangers of the sunscreens that most people are buying:
- The Best Sunscreens of 2019 (and Toxic Ones to Avoid)
- Consumer Reports’ Recommends Sunscreens That Seep Poison Into Your Bloodstream
- Researchers Call for Immediate Revision of Sun Avoidance Recommendations
I hope you take the potential dangers of certain sunscreens and the health of your skin seriously.
Trust me, you do not want to get melanoma, undergo surgery, and then have conversations with doctors about undergoing chemotherapy and potentially even amputation.
So what can you do to stay healthy out in the sun?
I’d first recommend using 50+ UPF rating sun protection clothing. That’s why you almost always see me wearing a long-sleeve hoodie out on the water.
For areas that you can’t protect with clothing, use a physical-based sunscreen (like Elta MD Skincare) and go to the dermatologist and get yourself checked out!
Have any questions, thoughts, or recommendations?
Let me know in the comments below!
I’m obviously very passionate about it and since I have three young kids, this is super important to me.
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