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Choosing safe sunscreen

Hawaii is renowned for its sunny skies and beautiful beaches, but all that sunshine can do serious damage to skin.  Small children in particular need to be protected because childhood skin damage is a contributing cause of skin cancer.  But with all the brands and choices, how to pick the best one?  What works and what doesn't?  And most importantly: where can you purchase these sunscreens?

The Environmental Working Group has published their list of best and worst sunscreens.  The sunscreens are rated on UVA protection and the safety of the ingredients.  There is a list of regular sunscreens and a list of non-mineral options.  California Baby sunscreens are available locally at Target; many other brands may be available through Whole Foods.  Online retailers such as Amazon and sell more obscure but still highly-rated brands.

Click here for the list of the best beach and sport sunscreens

Click here for the EWG Sunscreen List of Shame

Tips for proper sunscreen application:

1. Apply before sun exposure to allow the sunscreen to work at its maximum efficacy.  Reapply every two hours or more if exposed to water.

2. Apply immediately after swimming and other water sports.

3. Children of all ethnicities and skin types need sunscreen!  Choose one that is at least SPF 30.


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