We all know the risks of too much sun—increased chances of melanoma, premature aging of the skin—but many of us don’t know the sun’s many benefits. Studies have shown that 15 minutes of sun exposure two—three times a week boost Vitamin D production, alleviates depression and stimulates the thyroid, which helps with weight loss.
But we have to be responsible with sunlight and that includes wearing our sunscreen.
Now you want to hear something really scary?
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently analyzed 600 sunscreens and came away recommending only 20%. Why?
- Many sunscreens protect against sunburn-causing UVB rays, but leave skin exposed to damaging UVA rays.
- Up to 30% of sunscreens contain vitamin A, which may accelerate the growth of cancerous tumors.
- One in five sunscreen is labeled SPF 50+ but, according to the FDA, this may not be truthful.
Here’s a list of some of the EWG’s best and worst sunscreens (to see the complete listing, click here):
The Hall of Fame
- Kiss My Face All-Natural Sun Sticks, SPF 30
- Tropical Sands All-Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30 and SPF 50+
- Badger Sunscreen and Baby Sunscreen, SPF 30+
- Aveeno Baby Natural Protection Mineral Block Face Stick, SPF 50
- Jason Natural Cosmetics Sunbrellas, Mineral Natural Sunblock, SPF 30
The Hall of Shame
- Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection SPF 55
- Banana Boat Sport Performance Active Max Protect, SPF 110
- Rite Aid Kids Sunscreen Spray Lotion SPF 45
- Baby Blanket SunBlankie Towelette SPF 45+
- Elizabeth Arden – Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense for Face, SPF 50
If you have a favorite sunscreen that you know works, please share it in the Comments section.