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Preparing for summer weather: The sun’s harmful rays

Posted by The NativeEnergy Team on Jul 01, 2010
Tags: green tips

As the Fourth of July weekend approaches, many of us will be headed outdoors, to hang on the beach, play softball, volleyball, or, if you are old school, horseshoes. In any case, we are likely to be exposed to the sun’s rays. On the one hand, exposure to sunshine is required for our bodies to manufacture vitamin D. On the other hand, exposure to sun can lead to skin cancer. As an avid sunscreen slatherer, I am interested in the research on the protective products available today. The FDA has finally put into place a set of regulations that products will have to follow, but these will not have to be implemented until 2012.

Until then, you could look to the Environmental Working Group for some guidance. That not-profit research organization has evaluated more than 1,500 sunscreens, including those for both sport and beach use. The Daily Green, a site geared toward people who are looking to be more environmentally-responsible, has generated a list of recommendations from this report to guide your choice, with the idea of making you life a bit safer. The recommended sunscreens not only protect your skin from sun damage, but also come free of what some consider to be suspect chemicals, like parabens, oxybenzone, PABA, and retinyl palmitate.

Check out what sunscreens they have recommended and find out what one might work for you by reading more here.

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