Let’s face it…the days of soaking up the sun for that “healthy tan” are clearly over. Fears of skin cancer, namely melanoma, have overridden most peoples’ desire for sun-kissed skin.
But in Montana, where outdoor adventures beckon in the form of snow sports and now that it’s summer, hiking, biking, kayaking and you name it, many tend to spend a lot of time in the rays doing what they love.
So, how can we have fun in the sun and make sure we properly protect ourselves?
Aside from covering up, slathering on the sunscreen is still one of the ways. And safe sunscreen has come along way from the toxic-ridden formulas of the past. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) reports that regular sunscreen use reduces the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma, can protect you against sunburns, which have been shown to cause melanoma, and can help to prevent sun-induced wrinkles.
Today, many new and safer sunscreens are hitting the shelves, including mineral based broad-spectrum formulas that protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays more naturally. Some of these formulas now also include antioxidant ingredients to protect against different types of free radicals, along with nourishing ingredients, such as aloe, to moisturize or heal the skin.
Check out the range of natural and safe sunscreens on the shelves in the Wellness Department at Co-op West Main (with a limited supply at Co-op Downtown) this summer and make sure you and your family are well covered.