Summer Sun Time

by Melissa Brunner

Perhaps it's this seemingly endless stretch of rainy days that had an article on Yahoo! today catch my eye today - a listing of the best sunscreens & the sunscreens to avoid!

Here's a link: http://shine.yahoo.com/event/green/sunscreens-to-avoid-2488130/

I have to say, I'm a little disappointed by what I read. They explain that their list includes products with an SPF 50 and above. They cite the FDA in saying the numbers can be misleading and give people a false sense of security. I'll buy that. But they also suggest avoiding sunscreen sprays. They say they might fill the air with tiny particles that are unsafe to breath. "They" would be the Environmental Working Group, which put out the list. So take it for what it's worth. Personally, I like the sprays. What disappoints me most, though, is their list of "best" sprays. Other than one Aveeno baby formulation, I don't recognize any of the brands on it. Surely someone would have cracked down on what you find at the local drugstore by now if they were all bad.

Regardless of what list it is or isn't on, remembering to apply sunscreen is the first step. Remembering to reapply often - especially if you've been sweating or swimming - is the next. My husband has become borderline obsessive about this every since he had a basal cell skin cancer removed from his face several years ago - he doesn't want another one, and he doesn't want a form that's more life-threatening. Sunscreen is about more than just avoiding the discomfort of a burn.

 

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