Wellness Wednesday…Staying Safe in the Sun

With Memorial Day coming up this weekend, it means summer is here! The days are longer, the weather’s warmer, and you’ll likely be spending more time outdoors. That’s already the case for us. Kirt and I just bought kayaks last week, and we’re really looking forward to spending time out on the water this year.



Although I love the sun, I know it doesn’t love me back. Did you know each year in the U.S. over 5.4 million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer are treated in more than 3.3 million people? And, each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon. Isn’t that incredible? If that doesn’t encourage you to protect yourself in the sun, I don’t know what will.

As you choose your sunscreen this summer, I want you share some information regarding SPF claims. I read this the other day and was shocked. I think you might be too.


Beware of SPF Claims on Sunscreen Labels

43 %

According to a new study from Consumer Reports, 43 percent of sunscreen products do not live up to the sun protection factor (SPF) claims on their bottles.


13 out of 35

Consumer Reports found that 13 out of the 35 sunscreen lotions tested had an SPF of less than 30, despite claiming to have at least an SPF of 30 on their labels. The majority of products that fell short on their SPF numbers did so by 10 to 15 points. However, some products were labeled as SPF 50, and were only found to have an SPF of 8.


Avobenzone and Ecamsule

The study found that sunscreens with active chemical ingredients like avobenzone and ecamsule performed better during testing than those with natural ingredients like zinc oxide.


Staying Safe in the Sun

Beach-Sunshine-BackgroundWith stats like these, it’s tough to know how to really protect yourself in the sun. Obviously, you still want to wear sunscreen. Just remember that what you see on the label might not be exactly what you’re getting.  The American Academy of Dermatology also encourages people to wear protective clothing when going outdoors and to stay in the shade when possible to reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Enjoy your Memorial Day, and stay safe in the sun this weekend!


Stay happy, healthy, and N motion, AND REMEMBER…age is just a number!




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