May 4th – Check to see how safe your sunscreen rates, and if necessary, replace it with one that rates as a low hazard to your health.

Summer is around the corner and with the nice weather coming, it means one thing… sunscreen season.  As with so many other skin care products, it is deceiving to know which ones are safe and which ones are considered hazardous to our health.  I remember being shocked when I first checked my suncreen out for it’s hazard level to find how poorly it rated as some companies/brands have a perceived trusted name… on the other hand, I was possibly even more shocked to find some of the ones that actually rated quite well.

Environmental Working Group puts out an annual Sunscreen Guide.  In 2012 they rated 1,813 sunscreens, so hopefully you can find yours.  The 2013 Sunscreen Guide should be out later this spring if you want to keep posted and get the very latest.  In the meantime, you can check it out at:

http://www.ewg.org/2012sunscreen/all-sunscreens/

While not the very lowest score, but still low (rated a “2” by EWG), we often use Coppertone Water Babies Pure & Simple Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50, largely because you can find it in nearly any drug store if you are in a pinch to grab sunscreen (and thankfully it does not interfere with my daughter’s coconut and fragrance allergies), as well, it will not break the bank (you may find some of the best sunscreens are quite pricey).  There are a lot of great options on the market now, especially as more organic and all natural products have become available.

Have a great day in the sun!

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