5 Things You Should Know About Sunscreen

You Can protect Against UV Rays Even Before Applying the Sunscreen.

Wear clothes. Shirts, hats, shorts and pants provide the best protection from UV rays – and they don’t coat your skin with goop.

Find shade – or make it. Picnic under a tree, read beneath an umbrella or take a canopy to the beach.

Plan around the sun. Go outdoors in early morning or late afternoon, when the sun is lower. UV radiation peaks at midday.

Sunglasses aren’t just a fashion accessory. Good shades protect your eyes from UV radiation that causes cataracts.

Not all Sunscreens Protect, Some Are Even Harmful.

Avoid sunscreen with vitamin A. While eating vitamin A is great for you, spreading it on your skin can cause tumors and lesions. Don’t use any skin or lip product whose label includes retinyl palmitate, retinol or vitamin A.

Avoid oxybenzone, a synthetic estrogen that penetrates the skin and can disrupt the hormone system. Instead look for products with zinc oxide, 3 percent avobenzone or Mexoryl SX. They protect skin from harmful UVa radiation.

No insect repellent. If you need bug repellent, buy it separately and apply it first.

Don’t spray. Sprays cloud the air with tiny particles that may not be safe to breathe.

You Have to Reapply Sunscreen Often.

Sunscreen chemicals sometimes degrade in the sun, wash off, or rub off on towels and clothing. Just because it has a higher SPF rating doesn’t mean it’s safe to stay out in the sun longer.

Don’t Be Fooled by Your Sunscreen.

Don’t fall for high SPF Labels. Anything higher then SPF 30+ isn’t worth your time, because the higher SPFs work barely any better.

Plus they trick you into staying in the sun too long and have more concentrated active ingredients that’s just not worth the risk of tissue damage.

Most Sunscreens Don’t Protect Against UVa Rays!

Both UVa and UVb cause skin cancer, but most American sunscreens only target UVb, the main cause for sunburns. But just because you didn’t burn doesn’t mean your skin isn’t getting damaged.

Harmful UVa tans skin, but also causes skin cancer, rapid aging and immune system suppression.

Avoid tanning beds. They expose the skin to as much as 15 times more UV radiation than the sun. It’s not worth the damage.

Source: http://www.ewg.org/

Author: Claudia Kolts

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