Wearing sunscreen is very important to protect your skin from harmful UV rays and skin cancer. Ultraviolet rays that are the cause of sun damage and skin cancer are always present.
You may know that sunscreen is a good idea, especially if you spend plenty of time in the sun, but do you know if your sunscreen is safe?
Did you know that there are two different types of sunscreen available? Mineral sunscreen and chemical sunscreen.
Would it surprise you to know that some of the ingredients in your sunscreen could be harmful to your health?
A new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveals that 97% of Americans are contaminated with a widely-used sunscreen ingredient called oxybenzone that has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage.
USA Today recently published an article stating that Hawaii may become the first State to band sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, chemicals believed to cause harm to marine life and coral reefs. These are active ingredients in a host of popular sunscreens, including top-rated brands.
Check out the Environmental Working Groups 2018 Guide to Safe Sunscreen
By Allison Milano- Stolar, MA MPH
Health Fitness Specialist