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Hundreds, possibly thousands, of articles and blogs highlighting sun safety and sunscreen use are published in the weeks leading up to summer. Although the message can get redundant, the importance and necessity of quality, broad-spectrum sun protection can never be overstated.

As word continues to spread on the negative effects of chemically-derived sunscreens, consumers are turning to natural versions that contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide not only for their proven skin and health benefits, but also because these biodegradable formulations won’t harm fragile marine and coastal ecosystems.

Purchasing sun products should be a regular and year-round event, and by putting in some research before aimlessly shopping a BOGO drugstore event, the sunscreen you choose will have better results—for both you and the environment.

Consult the Experts
Earlier this week, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) published its 10th Annual Guide to Sunscreens. The online database is a comprehensive review of more than 750 sunscreens. The “best” ratings are given to products that offer safe, effective protection for all members of the family.

Natural Sunscreens that Make the Grade
MyChelle leads the pack as an innovator of natural sunscreen products that provide superior skin—and environmental—protection. The company’s award-winning Sun Shield products have been go-to customer favorites for years. Earlier this spring, the company added to its collection the Sun Shield Clear Spray SPF 30, Sun Shield Clear Stick SPF, and an after-sun Cucumber Cooler Soothing Spray.

All MyChelle sunscreens are certified non-nano through two independent laboratories and meet FDA/International SPF test regulations to assure an even, SPF stable, and clear application for 100% reflective, photostable mineral protection.

The Critical Nature of Reef and Marine Safety
Each year, an estimated 4,000 to 6,000 metric tons of sunscreen washes off swimmers’ bodies, devastating the delicate eco-systems and contributing to the current global bleaching event. MyChelle was one of the first cosmetic manufacturers to reject marine-toxic ingredients including: Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, Butylparaben, Retinyl Palmitate and 4-methylbenzylidene camphor. These chemicals never biodegrade and have the ability to cause irreparable damage to sea life.

In 2016, MyChelle will donate 1% of its sun protection proceeds to the Surfrider Foundation and its vision to “… keep our beaches open to everyone, promote smart coastal development that avoids coastal impacts, protect ocean and coastal places before they are threatened, ensure the water is clean to surf and swim and the beaches are free of chemical pollutants and plastic litter.’ To learn more about this partnership, click here. To purchase qualifying MyChelle sun protection products benefiting the organization, click here.

Beauty Tips Under the Sun
Some of our favorite tried-and-true tips for looking great and staying safe while in and out of the summer sun include:

Plan around the sun. Schedule outdoor activities for early morning and late afternoon when the sun is lower in the sky.

Seek shade or bring your own. Picnic under a tree and bring an umbrella to the beach.

Always apply sunscreen around the eyes. Many skin cancers occur in the lash and lower lid areas. Because the eyes protrude outward, the surrounding skin tends to attract more harmful UV rays.

Skip the fancy-schmancy sun towelettes, powders, and oils. Even if these products claim to contain sunscreen ingredients, the levels are very low and offer minimal, if any, sun protection.

Complete the look. Wear wide-brimmed hats, quality sunglasses and clothing with 30+UFP protection.

We want to hear your sun safety concerns and/or best practices. Email us at customerservice@mychelle.com