Sunscreen Tips

Even though summer is half way through, it is important to be reminded of safe sun practices (from the Environmental Working Group – EWG):

1. Babies under 6 months should always be protected from the sun with protective clothing, hat and shade. Babies over 6 months, toddlers, children and adults should always wear sunscreen when in the sun for more than 10 minutes.

2. When looking for a sunscreen follow the table below:

 

Avoid

Look For This

Ingredients

Oxybenzone

Vitamin A (reninyl palmitate)

Insect repellent

Zinc

Titanium oxide

Avobenzone or Mexoryl SX

 

Products

Sprays

Powders

SPF Above 50+

Cream

Broad Spectrum Protection

Water resistant

SPF 30+

3. Always try to stay in the shade, wear protective clothing (hat, sunglasses and protective clothing) and avoid midday sun (between 10am – 4pm) when UV rays are the strongest.

4. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before exposure, and reapply sunscreen often (at least every 2 hours) because sunscreen chemicals break apart in the sun, wash off and rub off. Definitely reapply sunscreen when coming out of the water.

5. Choose a good sunscreen. See EWG’s database of sunscreens with ratings based on safety and efficacy.