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What to look for when choosing sun care for your family this summer

Sprouts Farmers Market has many sun care products that are perfect for the whole family! If you’re not sure what product is right for you, ask a sales associate for their help. Here are a few tips from the folks at Sprouts:

Tip #1: Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with zinc-oxide!

  • The sun has two different types of UV or ultraviolet light rays—UVB and UVA, both can cause skin cancer.
  • All sunscreens protect against UVB rays, which are responsible for sunburns, but not every sunscreen protects against the sun’s UVA rays, which can contribute to aging.
  • To get the best protection against both types of rays, look for a mineral broad-spectrum sunscreen with zinc-oxide.

Tip #2: Higher SPF isn’t always better!

  • SPF stands for “sun protection factor” and refers only to protection against UVB radiation, which burns the skin.
  • It has little to do with protection of those UVA rays, which penetrate deep into the skin, suppress the immune system, accelerate skin aging and may cause skin cancer.
  • High-SPF products may give you a false sense of security, tempting you to stay in the sun too long.
  • The environmental working group recommends that consumers use SPF of 15 to 50 and reapply sunscreen often, regardless of SPF.

Tip #3: Consider picking up reef-safe sunscreen!

  • A reef-safe sunscreen is a sunscreen free of chemical ingredients and small particles known to damage and potentially kill coral reefs in the oceans.
  • Those ingredients are, to date, oxybenzone, octinoxate and octocrylene.
  • The environmental working group also recommends avoiding oxybenzone in sunscreen
  • For more information on sunscreen safety, visit EWG.org.