Ready for summer? Five things to know before buying sunscreen

Do your homework before buying sunscreen.

Summer’s almost here, and it’s time to stock up on sunscreen.

Environmental Working Group just released its 2017 Guide to Sunscreens.  To read our full analysis of the EWG report, just click here.

Here’s five things to know:

  1. Avoid products with SPFs higher than 50. It’s a marketing gimmick that can mislead people into thinking they can spend more time in the sun.
  2. Avoid sprays. They don’t provide a thick uniform coating on skin and can be accidentally inhaled.
  3. Avoid products with retinyl palmate, a form of vitamin A. Studies link it to the formation of skin tumors and lesions.
  4. Don’t buy products with oxybenzone. This UV-filtering chemical is a hormone disrupter and allergen.
  5. Look for products with a high percentage of the minerals zinc oxide and/or titanium oxide as active ingredients.

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