Summertime and Sunscreen
Summertime and the living should be easy. Especially after a long winter, we all want to take advantage of the sunshine and be outdoors as much as possible. To enjoy this time and not ‘get burned’, it also is important to religiously apply sunscreen. Not only does this practice help prevent sunburns, it also will help you avoid the long-term consequences of exposure to harmful UV and UVB rays.
Not all sunscreens, however, are created equal. And if you’re pregnant and/or have children, you want to protect yourself and the little ones as best you can. According to FitPregnancy.com, melanocytes, pigment-producing cells, “kick into overdrive during pregnancy, making your skin more to susceptible to UV-induced discoloration.” Sun exposure, however, does not affect the baby, but it will crank up your internal temperature. So using precaution and being proactive should be part of your summer routine.
Savvy Sunscreen Tips
- Wear at least a SPF 30 broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays and reapply every two hours.
- Rub, not spray. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recommends avoiding spray aerosol sunscreens.
- Avoid sunscreens containing oxybenzone, a chemical that has been linked to low birth weight.
- Opt for oil-free products to prevent those pregnancy hormone-related breakouts and pimples.
Not All Sunscreens Are Created Equal
Be aware there are sunscreens to avoid. The EWF has compiled a list you might want to consider during your next shopping trip for summer supplies.
So from everyone here at CSP, enjoy the summer and sunbathing and have a Happy Fourth of July!