3 things you didn't know about sunscreen

3 Things You Didn't Know About Sunscreen

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.
  1. Avoid the spray-on varieties. You are not inhaling anything and they don't cover up completely.
  2. Don't trust an SPF over 50. SPF's sun protection ability tops out between 30 and 50.
  3. 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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3 things you didn't know about sunscreen

Barefoot Beach, Bonita Springs, Gulf Coast, Florida, USA

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Beach at St. George Island State Park


Hana, Maui, Hawaii, United States, North America

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Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks, North Carolina

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Key Biscayne Florida USA Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park lighthouse.

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Paddle board surfer heads out to catch a wave at Coast Guard Beach. (Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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Kiawah Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island, SC.

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Some beachgoers relax in the shade while others go for a run at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park in Naples, FL. Travel photos for package on Naple, FL. (Credit Image: © J. Gwendolynne Berry/The Palm Beach Post/ZUMAPRESS.com)

East Beach, Santa Barbara, California USA.

(Blaine Harrington III/Alamy)

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