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Hello Loyal Soup People! Memorial Day Weekend is here! Which means summer has officially begun, and it is time for me to remind everyone to wear sunscreen! Sunscreen is essential to protect our skin from harmful damage that is caused by exposure to the sun.

However, remember that sunscreen should be your last defense against skin damage. Try to wear hats, sunglasses, and protective clothing when out in the sun. Avoid sun exposure during the middle of the day and find shade whenever possible.

Not all sunscreens are created equal. Our skin can absorb many of the chemicals found in commonly used sunscreens. While some are harmless, others can be dangerous. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just released its 2018 Guide to Sunscreen. I very highly recommend downloading the guide and searching for recommended sunscreens. This year, EWG is very concerned about the chemical oxybenzone. It has been shown to be harmful to both humans and the oceans – and is contributing to the destruction of coral reefs. The state of Hawaii has proposed banning all sunscreens containing this chemical because it is so harmful to marine life.

Thankfully, the guide provides plenty of safe sunscreens that are free of this harmful chemical, and still provide excellent protection against the sun.

Remember – a tan may give the look of health, but is actually a sign of serious damage to your skin. Burns are even worse! Protect yourself against the sun and have a safe summer!