As the weather heats up and the sun starts to come out, the need for sunscreen becomes apparent to protect our sensitive winter skin. Most of us grab whatever sunscreen is available from the dwindling supplies of last summer, or buy whatever is featured and on sale at Target. Some might be surprised to learn that sunscreen, while great of UV protection, is terrible for the environment, especially our waterways. Sunscreen pollution adds to the degradation of coral reefs, and increases levels of chemicals in lakes and oceans. If you must use sunscreen, try to find one that is eco-friendly, and has fewer harmful chemicals (which is also better for your skin!). However, whenever possible, try to use alternative techniques to protect yourself from the sun. Here is a list of ways to avoid sunscreen, and still combat the sun’s rays, as sourced from the Environmental Working Group, an organization that  works to encourage a healthy environment and a healthy population….

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