Times Have Changed! How to Pick Sunscreen in 2016

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How to Pick Sunscreen in 2016? It’s amazing how much times have changed. In the 1970’s, people hardly used sunscreens at all because the potential for getting sunburn was much lower than it is today, and skin cancer was not nearly as common. In the 90’s and early 2000s, using sunscreens became far more common, with a particular focus on the Sun Protection Factor, or SPF, of a particular brand. And now, in 2016, there’s a lot of new information coming out regarding sunscreens. For one thing, not all sunscreens are created equal. In fact, it’s really important to be discerning when you are buying sunscreen products, because some of the added chemicals can adversely affect your health. And if you have children, you will really want to consider their general health and well-being when selecting kids’ sunscreens especially. When choosing your healthy sunscreen in 2016 and beyond, as with food and anything else, it’s always a good idea to read the label.

Product research is always your best bet before spending money on any given product, especially those that can directly affect your health. As our skin is our largest organ, anything that we put on it – lotions, cleansers, sunscreens, and so on – is absorbed directly into our bloodstream. So, if there are heavy-duty chemicals in any of these products, you are potentially taking them into your body. And when considering your children, with their small body mass, it’s really critical to do some research. Take the SPF factor, for example. For many years, a high SPF was considered to be a good thing, but today it is not always so. Using a sunscreen with an SPF that’s too high, like anything 50 or over, may well protect against the UVB rays that cause sunburn, but it’s not going protect against the UVA rays that can potentially damage skin. A high SPF can give you a fake sense of safety, making you think you can stay out in the sun longer because you won’t get burned. By staying out longer, of course, you prolong exposure to UVA radiation.

If you really want to know what goes into your sunscreen, you might even want to think about making your own DIY sunscreen. There are plenty of all-natural do-it-yourself sunscreen recipes available online, and according to the comments these posts are getting, they apparently work quite well. If you choose this healthy option for making your own sunscreen, you’ll know exactly what went into it. No matter what kind of healthy sunscreen you choose, you’ll still want to follow some simple guidelines for being out in the summer sun – like not staying out for too long at a time, wearing a brimmed hat and sunglasses, and so on. Another excellent sun health tip is to avoid the mid-day sun as much as possible, by staying in shaded areas between 10 am and 2 pm each day. But don’t forget, a little bit of sun is actually good for you – it can boost your vitamin D levels and generally make you feel good. So don’t shun the sun, just be smart with how you approach it.*

Learn MORE at EWG Sun Safety

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