vider how often you should see a dermatologist. The best defense against getting too much harmful ultravio-
let radiation is a combination of protective clothing, shade and good timing. Our checklist:
Don’t get burned. Red, sore, blistered or peeling skin means far too much sun – and raises your skin cancer risk.
Cover up. Shirts, hats, shorts and pants provide the best protec- tion from UV rays – and they don’t coat your skin with goop.
Find shade – or make it. Picnic under a tree, read beneath an umbrella or take a canopy to the beach. Keep infants in the shade – they are still developing the tanning pigments, known as melanin, that protect skin.
Plan around the sun. Go outdoors in early morning or late afternoon, when the sun is lower. UV radiation peaks at mid- day.
Sunglasses aren’t just a fashion accessory. Good shades protect your eyes from UV radiation that may cause cataracts.
Pick a good sunscreen. EWG’s sunscreen database evaluates the safety and efficacy of SPF-rated products, including sun- screens for recreational use and SPF-rated daily-use moistur- izers and lip products. We give the best ratings to products that provide broad spectrum protection – that is, from both UVA and UVB rays – with ingredients that pose fewer health con- cerns when absorbed by the body.
Now, put on sunscreen
Some sunscreens prevent sunburn but are less effective at reducing UV rays that cause other types of skin damage. Make sure your sunscreen offers broad spectrum protection.
• Don’t fall for high SPF labels. Pick a sunscreen with an SPF between 15 and 50+. Higher SPF numbers can tempt you to stay in the sun too long – and even if you don’t burn, your skin may get damaged. Choose a product based on your own skin coloration, and if you are near water or at high elevation, consider a more protective product. Reapply often.
• Avoid sunscreen with vitamin A. Government data show that tumors and lesions develop sooner on skin coated with creams laced with vitamin A, also called retinyl palmitate or retinol. Avoid any skin or lip product whose label includes retinyl palmitate, retinol or vitamin A.
• Avoid oxybenzone, an ingredient that may behave like es- trogen. Oxybenzone penetrates the skin readily and can disrupt the hormone system. Look for products with zinc oxide, 3 percent avobenzone or Mexoryl SX. They protect skin from harmful UVA radiation.
• Don’t combine sunscreen with repellent. If you need bug repellent, buy it separately and apply it first.
• Don’t spray. Sprays cloud the air with tiny particles that may
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