While the chemicals in sunscreen can protect us from the sun’s harmful UV rays, recent research strongly suggests that at certain exposure levels, some of them may cause cancer.
That said, we’re not suggesting you head out to the beach completely uncovered and unprotected.
Instead, try covering up with light clothing—a wide-brim hat, a maxi dress and a loose cardigan would do the trick (and keep you looking stylish at the beach). If you can’t cover up with clothes or an umbrella, look for a sunscreen that contains zinc or titanium. These minerals reflect UV rays and aren’t potential hormone disruptors.
Luckily, picking a safe sunscreen has never been easier, thanks to the Environmental Working Group’s 2016 Guide to Sunscreens. See how your favorite products stack up!