Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe to start neglecting your sunscreen routine. As you probably know, diligently using sunscreen is one of the most important steps you can take in protecting your skin from cancer and keeping it looking youthful and fresh.

But did you know that many of the sunscreens on the market these days contain ingredients that could be harmful or even toxic to you? Since sunscreen should be a vital part of your daily health and beauty regimen, it’s important to choose a safe and effective formula.

Ingredients to Avoid

Ingredients To Avoid in SunscreenIt’s quite simple to stay away from harmful sunscreen ingredients if you know what to look for. The problem is that the vast majority of sunscreens contain these substances.

Here are some ingredients to avoid:

•   Oxybenzone, used to absorb ultraviolet light

•   Retinyl Palminate, a form of vitamin A*

•   Parabens

* It should be noted that research has shown that Retinyl Palmitate may increase the risk of skin cancer.

According to Web MD, the Environmental Working Group tested almost 1,000 sunscreens and discovered that 80% of sunscreens contain potentially harmful ingredients or aren’t as effective as they need to be. That really narrows the field for the smart customer, but there are many brands of sunscreen that are quite effective, natural, and safe.

This article recommends several reputable brands:

Choosing Your Sunscreen

You’ll want to choose your sunscreen based on SPF and your activity level, skin type, and sun exposure. This article ( offers advice on how to choose the right sunscreen for you.

You can also take this quiz ( to check your sunscreen knowledge. You might be surprised by what you discover!


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