Sun Protection Is Needed Year-Round
Although summer's end is just around the corner, sun safety should be practiced year-round.
Even on a cloudy day, up to 80 percent of the sun's ultraviolet rays can pass through the clouds. In addition, sand reflects 25 percent of the sun's rays and snow reflects 80 percent of the sun's rays.
-- American Academy of Dermatology; Facts About Sunscreen
Sunscreen Should Not Be The First Line of Defense Against the Sun's Damaging Effects
Instead, stay in the shade, wear sun protective clothing, avoid the sun's most damaging times (10am - 3pm), and then use sunscreen as necessary.
“Sunscreens should not be the first choice for skin cancer prevention and should not be used as the sole agent for protection against the sun” – International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) 2001
One of Our Top Sunscreen Choices: Badger SPF 30
During the earlier part of this summer, there was a lot of "noise" about sunscreen.
Overwhelming? I know... I procrastinated reading about this topic for a while.
Minimize the use of sunscreen with hats and sun protective clothing. Try to get the family to avoid the sun during its most harmful hours (10am - 3pm). Stay in the shade when you can. And, when using sunscreen, use creams that are made of titanium and zinc oxides. Although these sunscreens are generally more difficult to spread on the skin than traditional lotions and can leave a white layer, we find them worthwhile.
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