Important info about sun screen
Posted in Nourishment for the Mind » Learn on Thursday, June 10, 2010

Burn Notice
Soak up this healthy sunscreen guide.
 
Not all sunscreens are created equal.

According to the Environmental Working Group's latest report, a whopping 92% of sunscreens either don't adequately protect skin from sun damage or contain hazardous chemicals--and sometimes both. Follow these tips and never get burned again.
  • Do pick lotions or creams. "When you use a spray or powder sunscreen, you're more likely to inhale chemicals," says Leeann Brown from the EWG. "It's great on your skin, but not in your lungs." Plus, it's easy to miss spots with sprays and powders.
  • Do look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with zinc oxide, titanium oxide or avobenzone to help ward off damaging UVA and UVB rays.
  • Don't use a sunscreen that contains oxybenzone or vitamin A (sometimes listed as retinyl palmitate). Oxybenzone is a hormone disrupter that can penetrate skin easily; it's also a common allergen. And new research suggests that vitamin A or retinyl palmitate might make skin more sun-sensitive and speed tumor growth. 
  • Do slather--and repeat. Use about an ounce of sunscreen (enough to fill a shot glass) all over your body and reapply every two hours. Slap it on more often if you're swimming or sweating.
Wondering which brands are best? Click here for the EWG's full list of safe sunscreens.

It's got all the info you need under the sun.

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