EWG Releases 2019 Guide to Sunscreens

EWG sunscreen cropThe Environmental Working Group has rounded up their 2019 Guide to Sunscreens. This list provides the best choices for safe and effective sunscreens. EWG rates thousands of sunscreens from 0 to 10. This is known as the ingredient hazard score and reflects known and suspected hazards of ingredients. The safest products are rated 0 to 2 (green). Products that are rated 3 to 6 (yellow) have moderate hazards to health, and from 7 to 10 (red) are considered high hazards to health.

This guide comes at around the same time that a study published in JAMA found that certain chemicals in most sunscreen products pose cancer risks. The study took blood test samples from participants after using sunscreens for 4 days. Continue reading “EWG Releases 2019 Guide to Sunscreens”

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Protect Your Skin

sun protectionMay is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and although many of us know the dangers of the sun, many people still continue to ignore the potentially damaging effects of the sun on our health. The good news is that skin cancer is one on of the most preventable and treatable of cancers. About 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers and 85% of melanoma cases are associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. By raising awareness of the dangers of unprotected exposure and encouraging sun-safe habits, we can change behaviors and save lives.

Here are some statistics from Skin Cancer Foundation. Continue reading “Protect Your Skin”

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EWG’s 2017 Guide to Sunscreens

sunblockThis is the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) 11th annual guide to sunscreens, to help you choose safe and effective sun protection for you and your loved ones. EWG rates thousands of sunscreens from 0 to 10. This is known as the ingredient hazard score and reflects known and suspected hazards of ingredients. The safest products are rated 0 to 2 (green). Products that are rated 3 to 6 (yellow) have moderate hazards to health, and from 7 to 10 (red) are considered high hazards to health.

Since starting the guide in 2007, there has been good progress. Continue reading “EWG’s 2017 Guide to Sunscreens”

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5 Tips for Sun Safety

sunblockDespite what we know about being safe in the sun, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. And the incidence rate of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, is increasing every year.

Here are 5 sun safety tips to protect you and your family against the sun’s harmful effects.

1. Keep it to SPF 30: SPF (sun protection factor) ratings are a measure of sunscreen’s ability to block UVB ratings (known for causing the most damage). Did you know that a higher SPF than 30 does little if anything to block any more UVB rays than SPF 30? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) actually warns against using higher than SPF 30 because it can give people false confidence on the effectiveness of the product, leading them to believe that they are better protected and can stay out longer without further application. In the end, this increases their exposure to damaging UV rays. Generously apply natural sunscreen products that protect from UVA and UVB rays with an SPF 30 rating. Reapply often and especially after being in water. Continue reading “5 Tips for Sun Safety”

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MyChelle Dermaceuticals: Sunshield SPF 28

Even in the cold of winter, your skin still needs protection from the harsh effects of the sun. Don’t pack away the sunscreen with your shorts and swimwear once the weather turns cold. Sunscreen should be part of your routine, just like brushing your teeth… especially for your little ones.

Before heading out the door, apply sunscreen liberally to all exposed areas. Even if your kids are riding in a car or school bus, those harmful rays penetrate the glass and cause skin damage.

MyChelle Dermaceuticals: Sunshield SPF 28 is an unscented, environmentally-safe, full spectrum UVA/UVB sun defense that offers powerfully effective protection, yet is gentle enough for infants and non-irritating near the eyes. It uses translucent zinc and titanium dioxides that act as physical barriers.

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