Sun Exposure Safety
How much do you know about sun exposure and proper sunscreen use? Are you shopping for an option that is non-toxic and economical? Read on for a quick and easy guide to sun safety to start your summer off right.
Good Sun Exposure
Ray and Terry recommend about 15 minutes of sun exposure without the use of sunscreen during the hours before 10:00 AM and after 4:00 PM. At all other times when out in the sun for extended periods of time, cover up and use sunscreen (not sunblock) on exposed skin. An SPF of 8 or greater will reduce vitamin D formation, but if you allow the 15 minutes of sun without sunscreen, you could wear an SPF of 10-15 to protect your skin during the remainder of the day.
Melanoma rates are increasing. More than 1 million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. every year. Prevention means blocking not only UVB radiation, but UVA radiation too, too.
Scientists agree that sunscreens alone cannot reverse the increasing trend of skin cancer diagnosis. However, a good sunscreen will help prevent sunburns that are a major risk factor for melanoma – provided you use it correctly.
How can you protect yourself from harmful rays during extended sun exposure while avoiding toxic ingredients that often crop up in cosmetic products?
- Avoid vitamin A in sunscreen
- Don’t count on SPFs over 50
- Avoid ingredients that affect hormone function
Read more surprising facts about sunscreen here: http://www.ewg.org/2013sunscreen/9-surprising-facts-about-sunscreen/
When you are shopping for a solution, check the Environmental Working Group’s list of natural and safe sunscreen options. http://www.ewg.org/2013sunscreen/about-the-sunscreens/