I was talking to my mother last night and she was giving very motherly advice, “wear sunscreen!” Now I always wear sunscreen and I certainly put it on my children but many people do not understand the importance of it. I’ve even been told by some that most sun damage occurs when we’re children and that sunblock can cause a vitamin D deficiency. Both of these are myths, it’s always important to wear sunblock and if you’re that concerned about getting enough vitamin D take a supplement.
My mom also gave me an update on what kind of sunblock we should be using. “Make sure it provides broad-spectrum protection.” Many sunscreens do not label whether they provide this type of protection or not, so you will have to check the ingredients to make sure. Here is information from Skincancer.org on what to look for: “Many of the sunscreens available in the US today combine several different active chemical and physical sunscreen ingredients in order to provide broad-spectrum protection. Usually, at least three active ingredients are called for. These generally include PABA derivatives, salicylates, and/or cinnamates (octylmethoxycinnamate and cinoxate) for UVB absorption; benzophenones (such as oxybenzone and sulisobenzone) for shorter-wavelength UVA protection; and avobenzone, ecamsule (MexorylTM), titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide for the remaining UVA spectrum.”
Please check out the Skincancer.org web site for some great information on sun protection: Sunscreen Explained
Now that you have some good information on protecting yourself, enjoy a day at the beach!