Eco safe in the summer sun

One of Recycla’s daughters came home from school on Friday and Recycla was suddenly reminded that summer is fast approaching. The girl’s class had spent some time outside in the school’s amphitheater and she was a little sunburned from her time outside.

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And then Recycla looked at the calendar and realized that Memorial Day weekend is a little over a week away and that the pools will be opening then. She made a note to herself to stock up on sunblock, lots of it.

Luckily, the Environmental Working Group has come out with their 2012 report on sunscreens, including the best ones and the Hall of Shame.  Recycla was surprised to see a couple of organic and “natural” brands make the shame list and also learned that spray sunscreens are not ideal. Her family usually buys Alba Botanicals and Neutrogena sunscreens.

The important thing to remember is that you want to avoid certain ingredients, including oxybenzone. For more information, click here for different articles on ingredients to avoid, skin cancer, and more.

In addition to using the right sunblock, don’t forget the following tips:

  • Try to stay out of the sun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • If you are outside, wear clothing and a hat that will help block the sun’s rays.
  • Always wear sunscreen, even on overcast days.
  • Apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before going out.
  • Use enough sunscreen to fill a shot glass and coat your body in a thick layer.

For more information and tips, click here.

For years, Recycla was great about protecting her children, but not herself, but she’s finally getting smart about applying sunscreen every day.  She’s in her 40s and is hearing stories from her friends about their trips to the dermatologist to deal with sun-related issues, and she’d like to avoid those same problems.

So be safe this summer and make sure that everyone in your household is wearing sunscreen when you go out!

The Eco Women are not employed by any of the companies mentioned, nor were they asked to review any products. 
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2 thoughts on “Eco safe in the summer sun

  1. I wear SPF 15 on my face year-round–and in summer a hat!
    It’s the key to not looking like leather as you age. I guess most sun damage happens permanently by age 16, so I’m diligent about coating the boys.

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