Recently, my husband noticed that Costco was carrying a sunscreen with an amazingly high SPF: 100+.  This seems on the surface to be a great idea.  More protection is better, right?  Unfortunately, sunscreen isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.  I definitely want you to protect yourself from the sun!  But don’t slather on some SPF 100+ sunscreen and then blithely rotisserie yourself in our Colorado sunshine.  What can you do to protect your family?

1. Don’t count on just the sunscreen.  Use other sensible measures, such as staying out of the sun between 10am and 2pm, wearing clothes that provide shade, and wearing sunglasses.  Here are Skin Deep’s Top Tips.

2. Buy safe sunscreen.  Many sunscreens contain numerous questionable ingredients.  Sprays seem easy, but aerosolized chemicals can get into the lungs or eyes.  Here are Skin Deep’s Best and Worstsunscreens for 2012.

3. Be informed.  Remember that manufacturers are out there to make money, not to help you!  Skin Deep’s Surprising Truths About Sunscreen.

So what do I do for my family?  We spend a lot of time in the shade or wear long sleeves and hats, we use one of the products off of Skin Deep’s Top Sunscreens list, and we do regular skin checks to watch for concerning spots.

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