Is the sun really that bad for me? Consider these facts: skin cancer is the most common form of cancer; it can affect anyone, regardless of skin color; 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by age 70; more people develop skin cancer from indoor tanning than develop lung cancer from smoking; your risk for developing melanoma doubles if you have had 5 or more sunburns; every hour, 1 person dies from melanoma.

Sun Safety
UV Exposure is the most preventable risk factor
  • Regular use of broad spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen SPF 30 or higher reduces your risk of skin cancer
  • Practice sun smart behavior: seek shade, wear sunscreen, protective clothing, including a hat and sunglasses.
  • Regularly check your skin for new or changing moles, spots that grow, itch or bleed.
  • Seek a board-certified dermatologist if you are at high risk of skin cancer or have concerns about your skin.
    Mineral UV filters (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) are safe and do not harm the skin or seas. Many chemical filters are absorbed to the blood and may harm the marine environment.
  • Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the only active sunscreen ingredients (UV filters) that are considered to be GRASE (Generally Recognized As Safe and Effective) by the FDA
  • Oxybezone and Octinoxate have been proven to bleach and harm coral (these chemicals have been banned in Hawaii starting 2021)
  • Avoid Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, and Homosalate 1 drop of oxybenzone is enough to kill the coral in 6.5 Olympic-sized swimming pool
    There are two types of sun ultraviolet radiation that reach the earth and are harmful to your skin: UVA and UVB. Both can cause skin cancer. Recently, near infrared radiation has been implicated to cause some skin damage as well.
  • UVA rays (“aging rays”) can prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkles and age spots. They can pass through window glass.
  • UVB rays (“burning rays”) are only 5% of UV radiation but they are the primary cause of sunburn. They are blocked by window glass.
  • The sun emits harmful UV rays year-round. Even on cloudy days, UV rays can penetrate the skin.
  • On a cloudy day, up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays can pass through the clouds. Many surfaces reflect UV radiation.
  • The water reflects less than 10%, sand 15% of the UV rays and snow can reflect up to 90% of UV rays.
  • Tanning beds have been declared to be a known carcinogen (cancer-causing substance) by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the World Health Organization.

    Protection fom the top down. An important tool for protecting your eyes, nose and lips. Every inch of brim can reduce your risk of skin cancer by 10%


    Wearing an all mineral sunscreen decreases your risk of skin cancer and protects against signs of aging. For best results, look for an all mineral, water-resistant SPF 50.


    UPF clothing is the best way to protect your skin from sun exposure. The tighter the weave and darker the color, the better protection it offers.


    Mineral filter sunscreens are safe and do not harm the skin or seas. Many chemical filter sunscreens have toxic effects on your skin and the environment.


    Mineral sunscreens primarily work by reflecting UV rays. Zinc oxide protects against a both UVB and UVA rays, covering a broad spectrum.
    Active ingredients:
  • Zinc Oxide
  • Titanium Dioxide
  • Works immediately
    Stable, can withstand heat, as long as it’s on the skin, it works
    The only two filters considered to be GRASE “Generally Recognized As Safe and Effetive” by the FDA


    Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing UV rays and converting them to heat. Chemical filters approved in the US do not protect against a broad-spectrum of UV rays.
    Active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, octocrylene, cinoxate, dioxybenzone, ensulizole, homosalate, meradimate, padimate O, sulisobenzone
    Must apply 30 minutes before sun exposure
    Some are unstable in heat
    Oxybenzone and octinoxate have been shown to harm coral
    Not recommended for children 6 years and younger
    Not recommended for use near coral reefs
    Currently under review by the FDA due to “insufficient data”
    Absorbed to blood after one application to 75% of body surface (avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, homosalate, octisalate, and octinoxate)

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