Here comes the sun! Protect your skin.

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Here comes the sun! Protect your skin.

Now that Spring is underway and Summer is around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about sunscreen. While some sun exposure is healthy (hello Vitamin D!), if you’re going to spend an excessive amount of time in the sun, it’s important to protect yourself with sunscreen. 

What we put on our bodies is just as essential as what we put in our bodies. It’s a good idea to research your skincare options diligently, especially when it comes to sunscreen. 

Here are 2 things I avoid when choosing a sunscreen for my family:
1. Chemical sunscreens: The most common sunscreens on the market contain chemical filters and include several worrisome ingredients including oxybenzone, retinyl palmitate, and methylisothiazolinone. Oxybenzone has been linked to hormone disruption, retinyl palmitate/retinol is a form of vitamin A that may speed the development of tumors when applied to sun-exposed skin, and methylisothiazolinone is a preservative that The American Contact Dermatitis Society named “allergen of the year” in 2013. Yikes!
2. Nanoparticals: Nanoparticals are extremely small molecules that are often found in mineral sunscreens. Little is known about their safety, and their size means that they may be easily absorbed and enter the bloodstream.

A much safer option is to choose a non-nano mineral sunscreen such as those containing non-nano zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Beware,however, as a handful of mineral sunscreens combine zinc oxide with chemical filters.
Did you know that a typical T-shirt has an SPF rating of 15? Also consider sun-protective clothing such as a broad-brimmed hat and UVA- and UVB-blocking sunglasses. 

So put on your sun gear, get outside and enjoy the sun!💥

-Amy Snow