What’s in Your Sunscreen?

Badger Sunscreens: One of the top rated safe sunscreens for the family by EWG

Badger Sunscreens: One of the top-rated safe sunscreens by EWG

Just because you are familiar with a product doesn’t make it safe. For years I chose Neutrogena sunscreen for my family because I had always used it and I believed it to be a solid and effective choice. But it is important to know the truth about sunscreens and I soon discovered something: there are reports that chemical sunscreens that contain the compound oxybenzone (like those found in Neutrogena) absorb through the skin and may disrupt the hormone system. I reviewed these reports from EWG, The Environmental Working Group, and immediately stopped using it and switched to others (from EWG’s list of best beach and sports sunscreens). Safer choices include UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum sunscreens with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

And although I feel more comfortable using safer sunscreens that is only one part of my sun care regimen: I accessorize with hats and UVA/UVB sunglasses, I stay out of the sun more – especially during the hottest part of the day, and I cover up. I will even catch the sun for 10-15  minutes early in the day without any coverage for some added vitamin D. Just being mindful of the hidden dangers will do so much for your good health and satisfaction.

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Hats-on to sunscreen and skin protection!

Hats-on!

Hats-on!

Hats-on!

Hats-on!

Not long ago, I felt the first signs of age, when I noticed a large brown freckle on my face. I had noticed it a few years before, this spot on my right cheek, first staring in wonder as it appeared and grew darker, until eventually, wanting it removed. Thankfully, my dermatologist brilliantly removed it with laser treatments and I was free of the spot. But she left me with powerful words of warning: from now on, always protect my face from the sun. If I don’t, the spot will not only return, but it will be much darker when it does. And by the way, try a hat!

So I started wearing hats when I hung out in the sun. But I also started to be more mindful about putting on sunscreen, both on that spot and on my face. The best sunscreen is simply zinc oxide, that white stuff you remember from seeing on the noses on lifeguards. Continue reading

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