Pick Safe Sunscreens!

It is that time of year! The weather has been gorgeous so if you are at all like me you are spending more time outside and that means we are thinking about sunscreen to protect us from developing skin cancer. But did you know that some sunscreens may actually increase our risks of developing skin cancer? There of course is some debate about these guidelines but I believe it is important to “be safe, not sorry”.

The guidelines that I have listed below are directly from the Environmental Working Group. “The Environmental Working Group is the nation’s leading environmental health research and advocacy organization.  Our mission is to serve as a watchdog to see that Americans get straight facts, unfiltered and unspun, so they can make healthier choices and enjoy a cleaner environment.”

Here’s a quick guide to find the best products to protect your family from the sun:

–Use a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15 and a maximum of SPF 50;

–Make sure labels list UVA and UVB (or broad spectrum protection);

–Avoid products containing oxybenzone and retinyl palminate if you’re concerned about potentially toxic chemicals

–Choose lotions versus spray sunscreens for a more evenly distributed protection.

Remember to apply at least 2 ounces of lotion (about a shot glass full) and reapply often. The sun breaks down the ingredients in sunscreen that protect your skin. Experts recommend reapplying every two hours, or after swimming or heavy sweating.

Below is the link to the Environmental Working Groups website with recommended sunscreen products to make it easier to choose healthier sunscreen options.

http://www.ewg.org/2013sunscreen/best-sunscreens/best-beach-sport-sunscreens/