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Is Sunscreen Useless? This Scary Statistic Says Yes

Is Sunscreen Useless? This Scary Statistic Says Yes

Super frustrating news in the world of sunscreen: turns out, a lot of them might not even be working. Ugh! A recent report by the CDC  foound that the diagnosis of melanoma has doubled between 1982 and 2011, and it looks like the problem has to do with sunscreen since a separate report by the Environmental Working Agency discovered that the majority of the sun protection products on the market are inefficient. 

“[Eighty] percent of 1,700 products we examined this year offer inferior sun protection or contain worrisome ingredients like oxybenzone and vitamin A,” the EWG wrote. 

The organization compiled a Hall of Shame list with the worst offenders. So what can you do to help stay protected in case your sunscreen is failing you?

Wear hats and sunglasses with protection.
Look for products with SPF between 15 and 50, and BE SURE to reapply ever 2 hours!
Try facial sprays and powder formulas to reapply over your makeup.
Sit in the shade as often as possible!

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