Know Your Environment, Protect Your Health

August 11, 2015

That's the tagline for the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG), whose mission is "to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment." By doing breakthrough research and education, they drive consumer choice and civic action. And we wanted to pass along some of the findings from their 2015 sunscreen report.

Badger's line of all-natural sunscreens is still rated at the top in terms of efficacy and safety. It's great to see what we have known all along: products from the earth are better for you and your body than harsh chemicals.

Here are a few additional tips from EWG to stay safe while you soak up the last bit of summer fun:

  • Wear clothes.
    Shirts, hats, shorts, and pants shield your skin from the sun’s UV rays, reducing risk by 27%.
  • Plan around the sun.
    Go outdoors in early morning or late afternoon when the sun is lower in the sky.
  • Find shade — or make it.
    Picnic under a tree or take a canopy to the beach. Keep infants in the shade, reducing the risk of multiple burns by 30%.
  • Don’t get burned.
    Red, sore, blistered skin means you’ve gotten far too much sun.
  • Sunglasses are essential.
    Not just a fashion accessory, sunglasses protect your eyes from UV radiation.
  • Check UV index.
    The UV index provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities in ways that prevent sun overexposure.

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