Sunscreen - all created equal?

I get asked this question a lot - what sunscreen is best for me?  Are they all safe?  There are lots of news stories out there recently.

I would suggest you check out the EWG's website on ratings for sunscreen.  I think one thing we will all agree on is that sun protection is important.  Avoid sun exposure between the hours of 10-4, use a broad spectrum sunscreen and sun protective clothing (I'll post more on that later with some of my favorite things).

How Do I Apply Sunscreen? - per EPA Sunwise Document (good read)
Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF rating of 15 or higher. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going out into the sun (or as directed by the manufacturer) to give it time to absorb into your skin. Apply it generously and regularly— about 1 ounce every 2 hours—and more often if you are swimming or perspiring. A small tube containing between 3 and 5 ounces of sunscreen might only be enough for one per- son during a day at the beach.

Do not forget about lips, ears, feet, hands, bald spots and the back of the neck. In addition, apply sunscreen to areas under bathing suit straps, necklaces, bracelets, and sunglasses. Keep sunscreen until the expiration date or for no more than 3 years, because the sunscreen ingredients might become less effective over time.

According to the FDA, “water resistant” sunscreens must maintain their SPF after 40 minutes of water immersion, while “very water resistant” sunscreens must maintain their SPF after 80 minutes of water immersion. Either type of water-resistant sunscreen must be reapplied regularly, as heavy perspiration, water, and towel drying remove the sunscreen’s protective layer.

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