Experts' tips for choosing the safest sunscreen

People tend to under-apply sunscreen. Dermatologist Dr. Sunil Kalia recommends using the equivalent of a shot glass of sunscreen for your body every two hours if you are staying in the sun

He says protecting your body from the sun is a whole package deal. But the FDA says there's no evidence such products provide better protection against harmful rays-and they may actually make us feel overconfident and less likely to reapply.

Still have last year's bottle of sunscreen? But only to the level of an SPF 4, which gives you protection for about 45 minutes.

One of the issues of disagreement is that even though the FDA contends that products labeled with SPF higher than 50 are "inherently misleading", they have not mandated that producers of sunscreen refrain from labeling their product with values above this. "But this is probably my biggest beef with the sunscreen industry", Lunder tells Fast Company.

Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside. Because there is no justified reason to use products with a higher SPF, then using said products only puts the person in an unnecessary degree of risk.

An estimated 5.6 million Americans will confront skin cancer in 2017.

The Food and Drug Administration has yet to decide whether it will stop allowing sunscreen manufacturers to market their products with SPF numbers higher than 50, even though sunscreens with 90 and 100 SPF coverage often offer similar protection as those that are SPF 50, Lunder said.

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"This year, we estimate that almost every sunscreen we reviewed passes the FDA test", the EWG researchers write, "but that about half of them would not offer enough UVA protection to be sold in Europe".

Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined. It can also promote the development of cancers of the skin.

Look for broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVB and UVA rays, and zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which are natural, mineral-based ingredients.

Do Use Other Forms Of Protection- Sunscreen is great when applied correctly, but experts say it's not proven to prevent ALL types of skin cancer. He notes that aerosol sprays can also be tricky because people often spray them on their skin and miss large patches of the skin.

When you purchase your sunscreen, look for one that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Two ingredients, in particular, oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate, consumers should avoid. A 2015 study found that people who used sprays applied less than those using creams. Rebecca Cannon, of Botwood, had purchased Banana Boat Kids SPF50 to protect her daughter Kyla from the sun despite overcast weather, according to a May 8 Facebook post. And when in doubt, always bring a shirt and hat.

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