It's that time of year -- out comes the sun and out comes the sunscreen. Many sunscreens, however, don't quite deliver, so here are three important things to remember.
Avoid the spray-on varieties. You are not inhaling anything and they don't cover up completely.
Don't trust an SPF over 50. SPF's sun protection ability tops out between 30 and 50.
Stay away from common ingredients like retinyl palmitate and oxybenzone. Kids should especially avoid retinyl palmitate, which can lead to skin lesions and cancer. Oxybenzone can affect hormone levels in our bodies.
A little homework and you'll have a safe day at the beach!
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In this May 19, 2015 photo, Ali Junell, of Portland, Ore., left, and Kristen Carmichael, of Los Angeles, sit on the beach at Waimanalo Bay Beach Park in Waimanalo, Hawaii. The beach was listed as No. 1 on the 2015 list of best beaches, a list compiled annually by Florida International University Professor Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
Barefoot Beach, Bonita Springs, Gulf Coast, Florida, USA
Beach at St. George Island State Park
Hana, Maui, Hawaii, United States, North America
(Ann Cecil via Getty Images)
Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks, North Carolina
Key Biscayne Florida USA Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park lighthouse.
Paddle board surfer heads out to catch a wave at Coast Guard Beach. (Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)