Safe Sunscreens and Sun-Safety Tips

Protect yourself from damaging UV rays with natural, safe sunscreens and these sun-safety tips.


| July/August 2012


Sun-Safety Tips

Most experts agree people should use sunscreens to protect their skin from the sun, but unfortunately many commercial sunscreens contain harmful ingredients. Use the following sun-safety tips, and check out EWG’s list of 158 top-rated healthy sunscreens at EWG’s Skin Deep.

• Don’t rely on sunscreen alone. Clothing, hats, sunglasses and shade should be your first line of defense. Take extra caution between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s UV rays are most intense.

• Avoid sunscreeens with vitamin A, which may speed up the development of cancer on skin exposed to sunlight. Watch out for “retinyl palmitate” or “retinol” on the label.

• Avoid sunscreens that contain oxybenzone, a synthetic estrogen that penetrates the skin and contaminates the body.

• Skip sunscreens with insect repellent. Sunscreens should be applied liberally and often; commercial insect repellents should not. Read more about safe insect repellents in Natural Mosquito Control Methods.

• Opt for creams instead of sprays and powders, which cloud the air with tiny particles of sunscreen that may not be safe to breathe.





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