Happy 4th of July week!
I know many of you will spend most of the weekend outside (let’s hope the weather cooperates!) and though this may be a topic not directly related to fitness, it is about a healthy life and that’s what we’re all about, right?! So let’s talk sunscreen and other things to help you make the best choice!

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the sunscreen options in stores and rumors you hear about them, here are a few things to keep in mind when picking the best products for you and your family to keep you safe from the sun!

–Use a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15 and a maximum of SPF 50 (many studies show that the amount of “extra” protection you get from a sunscreen over SPF 50 is minimal for the money – as long as you are reapplying you’ll be good!)

–Make sure it’s a broad spectrum (meaning it protects from both UVA and UVB rays)

–Avoid products containing oxybenzone and retinyl palminate if you’re concerned about potentially toxic chemicals (that’s a whole different topic!!)

–Choose lotions versus spray sunscreens for a more evenly distributed protection (trust me, I’ve experienced this one!!)

– -Remember to apply at least 2 ounces of lotion (about a shot glass full) and reapply often. The sun breaks down the ingredients in sunscreen that protect your skin. Experts recommend reapplying every two hours, or after swimming or heavy sweating!

Healthy skin is a large part of a healthy YOU, so make sure to stock up on sun screen and protect that skin every time you go have fun in the sun!