Guide to safe sunscreens


According to the American Cancer Society, “Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays is a major risk factor for most melanomas. Sunlight is the main source of UV rays. Tanning beds and sun lamps are also sources of UV rays. While UV rays make up only a very small portion of the sun’s rays, they are the main cause of the damaging effects of the sun on the skin. UV rays damage the DNA of skin cells. Skin cancers begin when this damage affects the DNA of genes that control skin cell growth.”


Knowing how scary and even deadly the suns rays can be, the need for effective sunscreen is even more apparent. If you need help deciding which products are best, the Skin Cancer Foundation put together a great guide that will help you choose healthy sunscreen options and help you “decode” a sunscreen label.


This guide also suggests that you look for the Skin Cancer Seal of Recommendation on every sunscreen bottle you purchase to ensure the products you buy truly offer safe and successful protection from the sun.


Every day, we see articles about sunscreen brands under attack for falsely advertising sun protection or using cancer-causing ingredients. Knowing the facts and staying current with the risks will help keep you and your family safe from the suns rays and will give you piece of mind that you are properly protected.