Sunscreen Label Guide

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The skin is most vulnerable when in the sun and the risk of damage is a year-round concern. It is best to protect yourself from chemical exposure as well as the sun’s rays. Recent research has shown harmful chemicals in sunscreen are being absorbed into the bloodstream, and these endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can interfere with our hormones.

This chart can help you easily identify sunscreens that minimize your EDC exposure. Selecting a mineral-based sunscreen instead of a chemical-based one can help minimize your exposure to EDCs and are just as effective to block both UVA rays (preventing premature aging) and UVB rays (protection from burns). Look for labels that say the product is free of parabens and phthalates—two types of EDCs often found in cosmetics and personal care products.

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