Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Ouch! Some Sunscreens Don't Work!

The Environmental Working Group, has released a report of nearly 1,000 brand-name sunscreens that says four out of five don't adequately protect consumers and may contain harmful chemicals.

I know that's the truth! I can't tell you how many times I KNOW I put on the sunscreen properly, even after swimming or toweling off and came home glowing RED!

It's even harder on parents who are running for cold rags and home made remedies to alleviate the discomfort of a little one who's had that happen too.

Why isn't this mandated? Where is the expiration date?

While sunscreen effectiveness is debated, all skin experts agree that how a sunscreen is used is just as important as what kind of sunscreen is used. Dermatologists say an ounce of sunscreen should be applied to all exposed areas 30 minutes before going outside and should be reapplied every two hours, or immediately if you swim or sweat.

Common sense can also protect from the sun. Experts agree babies under 6 months old should be kept out of direct sun. Children need sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Get sunscreen clothing
Here are some tips about choosing and maintaining your sunscreens:

1. Choose lotions that are on the EWG.org's safe list. (click here to check the rating of your favorite brand)

2. Choose an SPF 30 or higher for best protection.

3. It should contain at least 7% zinc oxide or titanium dioxide for broad
spectrum protection.

4. Make sure you are not using a product more than 12 months old from the time of purchase.
Check out this handy guide to check labels before you buy.

I recommend covering up so you'll only need sunscreen lotion for the ears, face and that part in the hairline!

Try using less sunscreen and more re-usable clothing like these uv swimshirts that are awesome and protect against those rashes you get from the pool toys!

Enjoy your summer!

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