SUNSCREEN AND SUN PROTECTION
Sunscreens may help reduce the frequency and severity of tanning and burning, thus reducing the risk for skin cancer and signs of aging over the long term. In 2020 Consumer Reports rated 53 sunscreens for their ability to protect our skin. Consumer Reports testing found that 36 of 53 tested sunscreens offered less than half the degree of protection advertised on the container. Products labeled “mineral sunscreens” and “natural” with only titanium dioxide or zinc oxide were less likely to work as well as chemical sunscreens containing products such as avobenzone.
Shake bottles prior to use in order to mix the ingredients. Then apply approximately one teaspoon of lotion to each body surface 15-30 minutes before going outside. Finally, reapply all types of sunscreen every two hours when outside and immediately when you get out of the water.
Please use sunscreen in conjunction with other proactive steps that minimize tanning and burning. For example, consider purchasing hats, clothes and swimwear made of fabrics that block ultraviolet light. Companies such as Speedo, Coolibar, SunGrubbies, Sun Precautions, Columbia and LL Bean sell effective and stylish versions of these items on the internet. Please also consider avoiding intense sun whenever possible to reduce the likelihood of tanning and burning. Implementing a comprehensive plan may provide your greatest hope for avoiding skin cancer and signs of aging.
Please stop by our reception area to purchase any of the following recommended sunscreens for 2021:
Lotion Coppertone ULTRAGUARD SPF 70 Lotion
Spray Hawaiian Tropic Island Sport Spray SPF 30
Lotion (for face) Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Face Lotion SPF 30
Stick Neutrogena Beach Defense Water + Sun Protection Stick SPF30
Lip balm Aquaphor Lip Protectant