Somewhere along the way, we went to extremes to avoid the sun and slather on sunscreen for protection, but the truth is, the sun (in moderation!) provides several health benefits. More research is claiming that finding a middle ground of sun exposure is important.
Unfortunately, not all sunscreens are created equal. A 2019 report from Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that nearly two-thirds of sunscreens sold in the U.S. do not work in protecting us against UV rays and/or contain toxic ingredients that are quickly absorbed into the body. EWG found that about half of the beach and sport sunscreens sold in the U.S. would not be allowed on the market in Europe due to inadequate protection against UVA rays!
With beach season here, we wanted to provide some education around sunscreen as well as tips to cut your risk of sun overexposure, sunburns and skin cancer.
Sunscreen is unique compared to many other personal care products because you coat it thickly onto your skin, often multiple times a day. You don’t get that type of hours-long, skin-absorbing exposure with something like shampoo. The good news is there is a positive change happening on the sunscreen front! There are more companies doing their due diligence to improve the ingredients used in sunscreens.
Below are a few of our, as well as EWG’s, favorites:
If you choose to avoid applying sunscreen, here are some tips for overall sun protection. We encourage you to enjoy the outdoors and sunshine – aim for 10 minutes a day without protection – while keeping these tips in mind.
When in doubt, think like the Aussies’ and “Slip, Slap, Slop, Seek and Slide”. Slip on a long-sleeved shirt, slap on a hat, slop on sunscreen, seek shade and slide on your sunnies!