Learn if your brand leaves you overexposed to damaging UVA AND UVB rays, if it breaks down in the sun or if it contains potential hormone-disrupting compounds. Learn to read those ingredients lists and purchase products where you understand what the ingredients are. Brands that are transparent, will clearly explain ingredients for you and those that are certified as natural and organic by an external moderator mean all that hard work has been done for you.
First Things First – Do These Before Applying Sunscreen
The best defense against getting too much harmful cancer causing UV radiation are protective clothes, shade and timing:
Don’t get burned. Red, sore, blistered (then peeling) skin is a clear sign you’ve seen far too much sun. Sunburn drastically increases skin cancer risk – keep your guard up!
Wear clothes. Shirts, hats, shorts and pants that shield your skin from the sun’s UV rays when you need to be out in it – and don’t coat your skin with goop. A long-sleeved surf shirt is a good start.
Find shade – or make it. Picnic under a tree, read beneath an umbrella, take a canopy to the beach. Keep infants in the shade – they lack tanning pigments (melanin) that protect their skin.