Summer is here in Tennessee this means afternoons and weekends at the pool, hiking, fishing, gardening, and just being out doors when ever possible. As most active people being outside is a big part of my family’s life, which means sun protection is also a big part of our lives. We were running out of sunscreen a few days ago which led me to investigate what sunscreen should I be using. The EWG has a new report out on sunscreen it is rather educational it is full of information on government regulations or lack there of, what to look for and look out for in your sunscreen, and 184 approved brands.
Needless to say I was really surprised to read about the difference between UVB and UVA rays, skin cancer on the rise, marketing tricks to get us purchase sunscreens that don’t offer proper protection and may actual increase the risk of skin cancer, and other dangerous products that are on the market. You can read the whole report on the EWG’s 2013 Guide to Suncreens it’s worth reading.