Your sunscreen questions answered.

What you really need to know about protecting yourself from skin cancer.

Is oxybenzone safe for the environment?

According to prominent environmental organizations worldwide, the cause of coral decline is due to global climate change, leading to high ocean temperatures, elevated water levels, and ocean acidification from increased global Co2. Bans on certain sunscreen ingredients are based on two poorly designed studies that that do not reflect the true natural complexity and ecosystem of a coral reef.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) - Coral Reef Conservation Program, Coral Threats; Available at:
2008 Danavaro study,
2015 Downs study,

Are reef friendly sunscreens really better for the environment?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires that all claims in advertising be truthful and not misleading. There is no credible evidence to substantiate that certain sunscreens are ‘reef safe’ and others are not.

Do young people even get skin cancer?

Melanoma is one of the most common cancers in young adults, especially young women, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). It’s the leading cause of cancer death in women ages 25 to 30, according to the Melanoma Research Foundation.

American Cancer Society: Cancers that develop in young adults. Available at:
Melanoma Research Foundation: Melanoma Facts & Stats. Available at:

If I have darker skin, do I even need sunscreen?

Though you might not burn as quickly as people with lighter skin, you can and do get sunburned. UV exposure will make your skin look older, and you are still at risk for skin cancer.  In fact, skin cancer in people of color is often diagnosed in later stages when it’s more difficult to treat.

Is higher SPF really better?

Yes; higher SPF is better. In real-world research, SPF 100 provides 2x more sun protection than SPF 50, helping to compensate for under-application.                 

Are chemical sunscreens safe? 

Some lab studies suggest that chemicals in sunscreens such as oxybenzone may cause skin allergies, but no studies have convincingly established health problems in people. Meanwhile, it’s well proven that damage from UV rays can cause skin cancer.

Is zinc a better/healthier choice?

Sunscreen is personal. Dermatologists agree the best sunscreen is the one you prefer and will use. There are many factors people consider when choosing a sunscreen including formula aesthetics, SPF value, product form, and special needs like for sensitive skin or water activity.
A variety of choice is important so all consumers can follow sun protection guidelines.

Who regulates sunscreens?

Sunscreen products are regulated as over-the-counter drugs by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA has several safety and effectiveness regulations in place that govern the manufacture and marketing of all sunscreen products, including safety data on its ingredients. On February 26, 2019, the FDA published a proposed rule that identifies areas of interest regarding the safety, efficacy, claims and labeling of all sunscreen products sold in the U.S. The purpose of releasing this proposed rule is to seek input from industry and other stakeholders over the next 90 days, that will inform final changes to the monograph later this year.

Small changes in behavior can have lasting impact on our skin health. No hassle and no burns.

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the primary cause of sunburn, premature aging and skin cancer, and these rates are on the rise nationwide. The good news is that sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection is proven to reduce exposure from UV radiation.

That’s why sunscreen is a must for everyone, every day!

Sunscreen offer lots of options

Sprays, sticks and lotions. Mineral and chemical. Face and body.  All levels of SPF.

Slow the signs of aging

broad-spectrum sunscreen helps reduce UV damage like age spots and wrinkles, for more youthful skin.

Scientifically proven

Sunscreens are rigorously tested to be easy to apply, safe and effective.

Enjoy life

Sunscreen allows people enjoy more time outside, for work or play.

Other ways to be sun safe

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends that everyone protect themselves from the sun by seeking shade; wearing protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses; and using a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, applying enough to cover all exposed skin.