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According to some experts, about 70% of sun damage occurs during our every day activities – walking to the car, going in and out of buildings, walking along the street shopping, and so on – not while we’re sunbathing. Unfortunately, this means we have to wear sunscreen just about every time we leave the house. In light of the fact that sunscreen can be pretty toxic, that’s bad news for anyone who prefers natural skin care. The good news is that there are alternatives, one of which is a (http://media.skinmdnatural.com/news_index.php) product you can wear under sunscreen to protect you from dangerous chemicals.

The first and most obvious alternative, however, is to cover up. But what you cover up with is important: The clothes we would prefer on a warm summer day – lightweight, light-colored clothing made with loosely-woven fabric – do not offer much protection. That’s why kids who swim with T-shirts over their bathing suit still get burned.

To completely block UV rays you need clothing with a ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of about 1700. A white T-shirt has a UPF of seven. The same T-shirt in green has a UPF of 10. A dark, thick fabric like velvet comes in at about 50. To reach 1700 you’d need a long-sleeved dark denim shirt. Not exactly anyone’s idea of fun in the sun.

The long and short of it is that while we may be willing and able to cover up with high UPF clothing in some circumstances, there’s no way that’s going to fly at the beach. So, you’re going to have to resort to sunscreen, and, to be safe, you’re going to need a skin care product that protects you from the suncreen’s dangerous chemical ingredients.

How do you do that? Your first line of defense is natural sunscreen – check your local health food store. However, even those products aren’t completely non-toxic so you’ll still some additional protection. Your best bet for that is a shielding lotion: A good shielding lotion bonds with the outer layer of the skin to form a new protective layer that keeps out chemicals. It also locks in natural moisture – another thing you have to be concered with when you’re out in the sun: sunburn equals dehydration.

It’s unfortunate that summer skin care is so complex. It would be great if we could just step outside and soak up the sun without having to worry. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. So, get the safest, most natural sunscreen you can find, and apply it on top of the shielding lotion. These natural (http://www.skinmdnatural.com/skin-care.php) skin care products</a> can help you enjoy your summer without concern for your health.