How Much Do You Know About Sunscreen?

Sunscreen on beach

Don't let June Gloom keep your guard down on sunscreen use and sun protection. Summer is here and what better way to enjoy the season than by learning more about how you can stay safe and protected when outside.

Whether you're going to the beach, the mountains, walking the dog, or playing in the park, understanding options for sun protection is a key component to a healthy lifestyle. The EWG (Environmental Working Group) provides an annual "Guide to Sunscreens" that helps consumers understand not only what sunscreen to buy, but how sunscreen should work for you!

It's easy to hop into a store a buy the closest suncreen with the highest SPF rating. However, sunscreen should actually be your final step to planning a fun day outside. According to the EWG, there are a few steps you can take before reaching for sunscreen.

  1. Plan around the sun! Be aware of what time of day you'll be out in the sun the most. Try and plan activites or events in the early morning or late afternoon when the sun is low. 
  2. Wear clothes! We all know summer is the time to show some skin, but by wearing some basic skin coverage like a shirt or a hat can reduce burn risk by 27%.
  3. Find some shade! If you're planning to have a picnic, or camp out on the beach, don't forget to use some shade coverage. An unbrella, tree, or canopy are great ways to stay cool and covered this summer. 
  4. Wear Sunglasses. Sunglasses do more than make you look great! Sunglasses also protect your eyes from UV radiation.
  5. Check the UV Index. It's as simple as checking the weather on your phone! Checking the UV index can help you plan your day and keep you prepared. 

This summer, learn more about how you can stay protected all day long! You can learn more about sunscreen and what options work best for your lifestyle at:



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