Sunscreen Sanity
Natural Solutions|May 2017
Sunscreen Sanity

How to choose clean, effective protection for your skin.

Michael A Miller

Summer presents a bit of a conundrum. You dream of dashing out into the sun’s freshly cast golden hue, but the radiant blaze that calls you does more than boost happiness and provide a wicked tan—it also boosts your risk of burns, skin cancer, and premature aging. To prevent this, we slather on sunscreen!

But what if your sunscreen was loaded with chemicals toxic to you and the environment? What if you were only stopping half of the sun’s harmful radiation? What if your hard-earned money was falling victim to empty marketing lingo? Simply applying sunscreen is not as simple as we once thought. Here are our best tips for safe fun in the sun.

Go broad. Look for broad spectrum options to cover yourself from UVB as well as UVA rays. Sunburn Protection Factor (SPF) protects you from the UVB spectrum (think burns), but experts say UVA rays cause the most damage because they penetrate year-round and pass through windows thanks to their longer wavelength. Additionally, UVA rays don’t cause your skin to burn so you won’t be painfully alerted to resulting photoaging and other malignancies.


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May 2017