Sunday, June 08, 2008

Here Comes the Sun

Along with the never-to-be-used list of potential little girl names there was also an article about sunblock in the wooden box on the hutch. Might as well pass this information along, consider this your public service message for the week. To sum it up the story suggested that the best sunscreens to prevent cancer should block both UVB and UVA rays and contain zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, or avobenzone. I scoured the shelves at CVS last year and could only come up with two brands that fit the bill: Neutrogena and Blue Lizard.
The difference between sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 and one of 50 is 6%. A SPF 15 sunscreen blocks 93% of all harmful rays while one of 50 blocks 98%. Don't believe them when they claim to be water resistant or repellant - always reapply.
The article also recommended applying sunscreen a half hour before going outside. I suggest you apply it right after your children get out of bed and are still too groggy to put up a fight.

song: Here Comes the Sun • artist: The Beatles

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