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Eco-Friendly Sunscreen and Sun Care Products on Better Connecticut

Posted Jul 17 2012 4:45pm

We all know that protecting our skin from the harmful rays of the sun is important, but how we do so is just as important. Watch this segment I did on Better Connecticut for some tips on how to stay healthy and chemical free when it comes to sun protection WFSB Channel 3

  1. Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Many chemicals used in traditional sunscreen products have been linked to allergies, respiratory issues, hormone disruption and skin irritation. The best sun care products are those that use minerals versus chemicals to physically block the sun’s harmful rays from burning or hitting your skin. The two ingredients you want to look for under active ingredients are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These are minerals. Avoid ingredients, such Avobenzone, Homosalate, Menthyl Anthranilate, Octisalate, Octocrylene, Oxtinoxate, Oxtocrylene, Oxybenzone and PABA. Baby and child sunscreens and sunblocks products often have better ingredients than adult versions, yet will protect you just as well.
  2. Do Your Homework: EWG.org (Environmental Working Group) has released their list of top suncare products for 2012 .  Also, there’s an App for that too! Download the free EWG Sunscreen Guide from iTunes .
  3. Layer:Your sunscreen is important, but there are a lot of other things you can do to protect yourself from the sun. 84% of UV rays found in direct sunlight are reflected under your umbrella or canopy. As a result it is important to layer.
  4. Safe and all-natural after suncare:If you do get too much sun, you can find relief with some very simple, all-natural home remedies as well.
  5. Hydrate: Make sure you stay hydrated during hot days and when you get lots of sun!

What are your favorite natural, chemical-free tips for suncare?

 

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