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A sad Fact and yet a very powerful move to Action:

More than 2 Millions Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year.

Devastating indeed. What can we do to take protection against ravaging and damaging, when taken in overdose, sun rays?

#1 Use SPF products for our skin
#2 Load on Fruit, Veggies as they have phytonutrients to give us extra boost in protection against cancers

Do you apply sunscreen Every Day? Do you really need to do it?

What sunscreens are better: With higher or lower SPF?

Why Oxybenzone in a sunscreen is dangerous for your skin?

Each year, EWG, the Environmental Protection Group, publishes a list of safe and unsafe sunscreens for us, consumers, to consider when we make a purchase. that is a MUST-GO-TO LIST TO SEE!

Let’s delve into the alphabet soup of a safe sunscreen for the summer. Let’s boost our sun protection for the sake of our health and joy within our families.

Scroll down to read and remember some Sunscreen Facts that may safe your life.

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  1. CoffeeTime says

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    • Do you use Sunscreen Daily?
    • What brands do you use?

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    • Good Morning! I used to get allergic reactions to the sunscreen so I stopped. I don’t have sensitive skin, though I do try to protect naturally (hats, staying out of the sun at prime time… etc)

    • wendy c g says

      Good morning, I try to put it on the kids before school.

    • constance ralph says

      I dont use it daily. .I am trying to find one that my kids aren’t allergic to

    • constance ralph says

      Good morning

    • Jessica Parent says

      Good morning!! I use sunscreen anytime I will be outside more than 10-20 mins during the day (water babies,banana boat and wegmans are the brands I use)

    • wendy c g says

      I take medication that makes me more prone to getting sunburn. So I wear hats, sunglasses and use umbrellas. I try to limit sun for myself and my kids.

    • Virginia Rogers says

      Good Morning , no I never did as always had dark complexion never burned always just tanned. Am now paying for through moles that keep appearing and growing have already had to have 3 removed as my doctor keeps watch to biopsy for any signs of cancer. But I always did on my kids and now stress how important for my daughter to protect my grandson and use. 🙂

      • wow!!! i’m also pretty calm about it with my darkish complexion, i guess i shouldnt be

      • Karen Hinkle says

        good morning well I must say and hate to admite this but I do put it on my kids but me no I didn’t till recentally I worked out side at a golf course for 7 yrs and no I did not use protection till about a few years ago but still I don’t use it daily and I know I should

    • Rebecca Swenor says

      Good morning all. I don’t use sunscreen but I make my kids do it.

    • Elicia P says

      Morning all, I stayed at my sons school today as a parent helper. Just popping in.
      I should wear it daily but I do not. I do however put it on my son in the summer months. I want to find a natural one though. Hoping maybe Laura you have some listed here.

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    • Jennifer Hiles says

      Good Morning ladies. Hope I’m not too late!

      • CoffeeTime says

        You are ALWAYS on time!
        Check out some astounding facts and tips on SAFE Sunscreens for this year.

      • Jennifer Hiles says

        I use sunscreen daily. All of my make up has sunscreen in it. Right now I’m using BB Cream!

    • Wendi Watson says

      i do not go in the sun very often i am a very fair skinned woman so i do wear it when i am out!

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  4. CoffeeTime says


    1. No spray sunscreens!
    EWG pointed out this year that Sprays should be not considered as a safe sunscreen delivery mechanism.
    “In 2011 FDA said it lacked data to confirm that spray products are safe and effective. It asked manufacturers to provide proof that sprays form a layer of sunscreen thick enough to protect skin and to show that sprays don’t pose inhalation risks. If the agency does not receive sufficient data to substantiate these products’ safety, the FDA can bar them. But until the agency takes decisive action, sprays remain on store shelves, and many shoppers buy them for ease of application.”

    Super-convenient, sure, but they may pose serious risks if inhaled and they make it too easy to apply too little or miss a spot.


  5. CoffeeTime says

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    2. Super-high SPFs (SPF 50 or higher) are not your friend.

    SPF – sun protection factor – refers only to protection against UVB radiation and has little to do with protecting you from UVA rays – the ones that accelerate skin aging and have been linked to skin cancer.

    – NOT much additional protection
    – Less Balanced Ingredients in higher SPF sunscreens
    “A sunscreen lotion’s SPF rating has little to do with the product’s ability to shield the skin from UVA rays. As a result of the FDA’s restrictions on ingredients and concentrations, U.S. sunscreens offer far less protection against UVA than UVB, particularly those products with the highest SPF. ”
    – Consumer Misuse of Sunscreens with Higher SPF
    “High SPF products tend to lull users into staying in the sun longer and overexposing themselves to both UVA and UVB rays. Imbued with a false sense of security, people extend their time in the sun well past the point when users of low-SPF products head indoors. As a result, they get as many UVB-inflicted sunburns as unprotected sunbathers and are likely to absorb more damaging UVA radiation.”


    • Interesting. When I sold cosmetics and dead sea products, many people would ask about our sunscreens because it “only” came up to spf 50. I would tell them that it’s all they need, but I wish I had this exact information – it would have made the argument all the more convincing

    • wendy c g says

      Didn’t realize that, but I try to limit time in the sun anyway. We use sunglasses, hats.

    • constance ralph says

      Interesting. .I usually buy spf30. I reaply after a few hours especially on my kids…we are pale

    • Jessica Parent says

      I use the higher spfs but still do not stay in the sun very long no matter what Im wearing and whn I am outside more than an hour or 2 I reapply the sunscreen

    • Virginia Rogers says

      another did not know, wonder why they make so many of the baby sunscreens with spf of 50 or 55? Of course used to use the baby one on my daughter and she is super light skin and would burn anyway badly.

      • Karen Hinkle says

        WOW I did not know that and my grandson is not a outside child but he has light skin I am lucky if he stays out 20 min but I love to be out side but I do not reapply like I should I am very bad at this I must remember to do it

    • Rebecca Swenor says

      I heard somewhere you don’t need that much and I don’t remember the number which is a good one to use. I think it is 15 but not sure.

      • Elicia P says

        I heard this as well a couple of years ago. As a matter of fact if I remember correctly sunscreens no longer go up over 50 anymore. There was no difference was the reason, I think.

    • we always limit our time in the sun as well, #AMCoffee

    • Jennifer Hiles says

      Oh geez, I thought the SPF rating had everything to do with protection. So glad I joined AM Coffee. I’m learning a ton!

    • Wendi Watson says

      that really does make sense and a great point that people would think that it is ok to hang out longer! great point

  6. CoffeeTime says


    3. Oxybenzone can mimic estrogen.

    EWG Warns us with some dangerous Ingredients in the sunscreen.

    “A number of sunscreens contain the chemical oxybenzone, which penetrates skin, gets into the bloodstream and may act like estrogen in the body! It can also trigger allergic reactions.”

    • wendy c g says

      Wow, something supposed to protect you can harm you.

    • maybe that’s why I reacted!! that explains it. It’s great to learn how to interpret the labels…

    • constance ralph says

      Crazy..wonder if that is why my kid are having allergic reaction to

    • Jessica Parent says

      One of my kids used to get a rash when using it but doesn’t any more

    • Virginia Rogers says

      Wow why i love reading so many of these am coffee when can be on as learn so much never thought of or never knew. Thanks so much for all you share with us!! 🙂

      • Karen Hinkle says

        great information but good for you or not well I must say every thing has a draw back so its important that we have these chats every single day I learn something new on here so this is like a school class thanks Laura

    • Rebecca Swenor says

      I have been hearing more and more about products containing hormones. Like the plastic bottles there is certain numbers not to get. It was on the news a few yrs ago.

    • Elicia P says

      This is why I would love to try to find natural sunscreens for my son. Did not know the name of the chemical. Thank you

    • I didn’t know about this chemical good to learn about it! #AMCoffee

    • Jennifer Hiles says

      I had no idea. I’ve never even heard of oxybenzone before. I will be sure to look at the ingredients next time I buy.

    • Wendi Watson says

      I will be looking for this now do recommend any products that do not have this ingredient in it?

  7. CoffeeTime says


    4. Retinyl palmitate may harm your skin.
    EWG Warns us with some dangerous Ingredients in the sunscreen.

    On sun-exposed skin, the retinyl palmitate found in some sunscreens has been shown to speed development of skin tumors and lesions.

    Retinyl palmitate may harm your skin.
    “This ingredient is in about 20 percent of the beach and sport sunscreens and 12 percent of SPF moisturizers in this year’s database. It is used in regular makeup as an anti-aging ingredient. It has been shown to hasten the development of skin tumors and lesions on sun-exposed skin. Data on the potential skin cancer risk of retinyl palmitate have been public since 2010, but most sunscreen makers have not abandoned this chemical as they should. EWG recommends against using sunscreen and cosmetics whose labels disclose the presence of vitamin A, retinyl palmitate or retinol until this chemical’s safety on sun-exposed skin is proven.”

    EWG sunscreen facts

    • wendy c g says

      I will definitely look at the labels.

    • I was waiting for this. In a recent visit to the pediatrician, he told us that recent studies show more incidents of melanoma in those who use sunscreen than those who don’t. He said we should not use sunscreen on our little one, we should just avoid sun exposure. I am worried though – he is a little boy, and I want him to have plenty of outdoors, running around time, and he’s very fair so he could be sensitive. I was also wondering how accurate the study was (did these people spend the same amounts of times in the sun, same climate, same time of day, etc? because as mentioned earlier, sometimes people wearing feel overconfident about the protection it provides…. )

    • constance ralph says

      WoW.. I will be reading labels from now on..glad I dont wear makeup to often..so scary.

      • CoffeeTime says

        You are my scaredy cat!
        Some makeup is a great way to adorn yourself, just KNOW what’s in it!
        That’s what I was taught by my parents, teachers, grandparents. Thanks to my environment and people in my life, I Learned HOW TO LEARN.

        • Constance ralph says

          thank you Laura. I love these #amcoffee chats, I learn so much. I used to wear makup all the time and never removed it at night. I just don’t leave my house that often being a stay at home mom of 4 now. about the only time I wear makeup nowadays is on sunday when I go to church

    • Jessica Parent says

      that freaks me out as much as sunburn does-maybe Ill just start wearing sun hats instead

    • Virginia Rogers says

      Definitely makes you wonder and more conscious of labels 🙂

    • Rebecca Swenor says

      This is great info. Thanks for sharing. Where else would we here all this stuff if it were not for you Laura? Thanks for all your research you do for us by the way. You are awesome. 🙂

      • wendy c g says

        Yes Laura thank you for all the information. I have learned so much from these chats.

        • CoffeeTime says

          REBECCA, WENDY,
          THANK YOU, GALZ!


    • I always read the labels and now I can look for these additives! #AMCoffee

    • Jennifer Hiles says

      Geez, why would they put a chemical like retinyl palmitate into something that is suppose to protect your skin? I’m so amazed by what I am learning today!

  8. CoffeeTime says


    5. Seriously – no tanning oils!

    Tanning oils are just a bad idea. They barely – if at all – protect you from the sun.

    ewg sunscreen facts

    • wendy c g says

      I don’t use tanning oils. I admit when I was a teenager I did, but that was many a moons ago. Lol

    • Wow, do people use that as sun protection?

    • constance ralph says

      Wow..ppl use it for sun protection? I also used it when I wad a teenager to get a tan..never though it was a sun screen, more so draws the sun to you

    • Jessica Parent says

      Love how they smell but have NEVER been a fan of tanning oils (or tanninig for that matter) My grannie had skin cancer more than once and I blamed her daily tanning sessions-she had a permanent deep brown tan)

      • constance ralph says

        I would rather be pale than tan with cancer for sure

      • Elicia P says

        I have a ex co worker. She would use baby oil to tan with, her and a friend. Their skin looked like leather. She was in her 30’s but looked like in her 50’s

    • constance ralph says

      My mother in law still uses tanning oil..crazy worried to much about getting a tan then cancer

    • Virginia Rogers says

      Never had to use, not sure I know anyone that does but still good to know.

      • Karen Hinkle says

        I never use that stuff I don’t think I ever did or will not for me working out side I get my tan the natural way I have brown hair working out side in the summer m hair by the end of summer is almost blond

        • Elicia P says

          Karen. I too. Even my sons hair which is brown is blond by the end of summer. Saves a bit on my coloring!

    • Rebecca Swenor says

      I used that stuff when I was young. No I just go commando.

    • we always use lotions for better coverage too #AMCoffee

    • Jennifer Hiles says

      Finally, something I don’t have to worry about. I don’t really use tanning oils although I did when I was much younger.

    • Wendi Watson says

      i won’t use them nor will i let my kids or my daughter anything to make you something your not is dangerous in my eyes

  9. CoffeeTime says


    6. Skip sunscreen/bug repellent combos.

    “Studies suggest that in some cases chemicals that filter harmful ultraviolet rays can interact with insect repelling chemicals in ways that decrease sunburn protection. Also, if you apply these products every two hours (as you should for proper sun protection!), you may be overexposed to the repellent chemicals.”

    EWG sunscreen facts

  10. CoffeeTime says


    7. Nearly all conventional sunscreens contain cancer-causing ingredients
    What to look for in the Ingredients List —>

    – Fragrances
    – Parabens
    – Solvents
    – Petroleum Oils
    – Alcohols

    To avoid this powerful assault of the sunscreen ingredients on your skin – READ ingredients list and pick those sunscreens that are of natural ingredients, have zinc oxide and titanium dioxide-based formulas.

    EWG sunscreen facts

  11. CoffeeTime says


    Boost Your Own Sunscreen Power by Changing What You EAT!
    You can change how your skin reacts to sunburns and to the sun exposure overall by changing your Daily DIET.

    – Eat rich in antioxidants foods, that is the wide variety fruit and vegetables.

    What happens is the powerful antioxidants – carotenoids – penetrate cells where they start protecting them from UV exposure.

    Disregard NOT this simply daily diet tip! It may save your life.

    antioxidants fruit vegetables

  12. CoffeeTime says


    If you avoid Sun, Check your Vitamin D levels!

    “Sunshine serves a critical function in the body that sunscreen appears to inhibit — producing vitamin D. The hormone is enormously important. It strengthens bones and the immune system and reduces the risk of breast, colon, kidney and ovarian cancers, and perhaps other disorders.”

    “About one-fourth of Americans have borderline low levels of vitamin D, and 8 percent have a serious deficiency. Breast-fed infants, people with darker skin and people who have limited sun exposure are at greatest risk. Many people can’t or shouldn’t rely on the sun for vitamin D. Check with your doctor to see if you should get a vitamin D test or take seasonal or year-round supplements (But Natural Sun Exposure Daily, a bit time each time, would be just OK for all needs of Vitamin D)”

    sunscreen facts

    • we’ve been giving baby vitamin d drops since the hospital…

    • wendy c g says

      I take vitamin D supplements because I’m menopausal anyway. I have my levels monitored.

    • constance ralph says

      Guess we need to spend a little more time outside

    • Jessica Parent says

      I w in vitamin D every winter-I hear its a new epidemic in our country (and the sun is the VERY best way to get it)

    • Virginia Rogers says

      they do say that and tell me that as well am very deficient am on 50,000 units a week and have blood tests every 3 months also take oscal daily. My problem is first off where we are we don’t get sun very much and now 90% of medications am on say avoid sun exposure. I also do not drink milk. So they are really having hard time to figure out how to keep mine up.

    • Rebecca Swenor says

      Where we live we don’t see the sun in the winter months hardly. In summer if it is really warm out side I don’t go out during the day unless I go swimming or take my walks.

    • Can’t avoid the sun living in Florida #AMCoffee

    • Jennifer Hiles says

      I think I should start taking a supplement. I do have one of those Verilux lights for SAD. I wonder if that helps?

    • Wendi Watson says

      my DR. suggests at least a half hour everyday of sun exposure to help with depression and vitamin D

  13. CoffeeTime says


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  14. Virginia Rogers says

    Thank you for those will have to look next time am taken to store and see if carry either for my grandson. Have bookmarked to write names down 🙂

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  16. Constance ralph says

    WOOHOO it let me comment…had to use my computer

  17. Virginia Rogers says

    Congrats!!! 🙂

  18. I have some allergies-a lot really and there are sunscreens on the market that actually make me get a worse sunburn then going without. Paraben is one of those! I avoid it like the plague!

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