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Do You Know What’s In the Sunscreen You are Selling to Your Guests?


The summer is almost over for many of you but here in the south and in many spots around the planet there are many weeks or months of hot sun remaining. Using the right sunscreen can prevent skin damage and protect you and your guests from skin cancer. If you have a retail establishment on property, do you know which sunscreens are safest for your guests? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just updated it’s Guide to Sunscreens with 120 more SPF products—for a total of more than 1,400 products.

Lists of products by category:

Best Beach and Sport Sunscreens: https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/best-sunscreens/best-beach-sport-sunscreens/

Best Moisturizers with SPF: https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/best-sunscreens/best-moisturizers-with-spf/

Best Lip Balms with SPF: https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/best-sunscreens/best-lip-balms-with-spf/

Best Sunscreens for Kids: http://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/best-kids-sunscreens/

According to the EWG, sunscreen is just one tool in the sun safety toolbox.

  • Dress in protective clothing, such as light cotton fabric with a tight weave and wide-brimmed hats that shade the face, scalp, neck and ears.
  • Choose a lotion instead of a spray. Sunscreen sprays pose inhalation risks and provide inadequate protection. If you must use a pump or spray, apply it to your hands first and then wipe it on your skin.
  • Avoid products that contain retinyl palmitate, a form of Vitamin A.
  • Select a sunscreen with an SPF greater than fifteen but less than 50.
  • Don’t forget to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

EWG researchers address the health hazards linked to some of the ingredients used in sunscreen products.

Additional information on sunscreen, particularly as it impacts coral, can be found on our website by searching on “sunscreen”.