Summer’s almost here, and it’s time to stock up on sunscreen.
Here’s five things to know:
- 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.
- Avoid sprays. They don’t provide a thick uniform coating on skin and can be accidentally inhaled.
- Avoid products with retinyl palmate, a form of vitamin A. Studies link it to the formation of skin tumors and lesions.
- Don’t buy products with oxybenzone. This UV-filtering chemical is a hormone disrupter and allergen.
- Look for products with a high percentage of the minerals zinc oxide and/or titanium oxide as active ingredients.