Sun Protection

If you're on the hunt for the best natural sunscreen, Pharmaca's Project Wellness blog offers the most comprehensive resources on choosing the right one for you. Pharmaca offers a wide variety of natural sun protection, from mineral sunblocks to SPF-rich makeup to kid-friendly organic sunscreens. We'll give you the studies and information that can help you make an informed choice when choosing your all natural sunscreen, whether you're confused about choosing the right SPF or finding one that offers tinted coverage. Don't let the sun do any more damage to your skin! Finding the best natural sunscreen is a snap with our extensive product information.

  • Got Sun? Helpful Post-Sun Treatments for the Whole Body

    SunShoulderA sunny day outdoors does wonders for our spirit, but it can take a toll on our bodies. Even if we’re diligent about slathering ourselves in broad-spectrum sunscreen, there’s always room for error: we miss a spot, or the lotion wears off and the sun’s UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays damage our skin. Maybe it’s our hair that feels the burn, getting dried out from wind, salt water and chlorine. And at the end of a day in the sun, our bodies can all too often become dehydrated. Here are a few after-sun remedies that help repair and restore the entire body.

    Treat a burn

    When UVB rays reach exposed skin they cause sunburns that need calming treatments. Try easing the pain with witch hazel or cold water compresses. Avene’s Thermal Spring Water Spray is particularly soothing and provides healing nutrients for damaged skin, says Tammara Denninger, esthetician at our Greenwood Village, Colo. location.

    Natural botanicals like calendula and aloe vera calm tender skin and reduce inflammation, too. Jurlique’s Calendula Lotion combines highly concentrated calendula flower extract with witch hazel to relieve sunburn symptoms and help prevent peeling. (Note: those with ragweed allergies should avoid calendula since it comes from the same plant family.)

    Aloe is another good choice, Tammara tells us, as it has been used for centuries to treat skin irritations and burns. All Terrain’s Aloe Skin Repair blends aloe gel with skin-soothing chamomile, cucumber and lavender.

    Revitalize skin and hair

    Even if we aren’t sunburned, the sun’s UVA rays can damage cells below the skin’s surface by creating free radicals in our skin. Free radicals make our skin look older by damaging cell function, breaking down collagen and causing wrinkles. Sun exposure dehydrates our skin, too, as fluids are lost through sweat.

    Look for relief in antioxidant-rich facial products that neutralize free radicals and moisturize with botanicals. One we like is Jurlique’s Rose Moisture Plus Revitalizing Gel-Lotion with Antioxidant Complex. This cool gel blends powerful antioxidants like rosehip fruit oil and grape seed extract with hydrating white mushroom extract. Treat your body to extra moisture, too, with a lush cream like 100% Pure Coconut Whipped Body Butter, rich in nourishing cocoa, shea and avocado butters and damage-repairing acai and goji berries.

    Start repairing hair that’s been dried out from sun, wind and swimming, with a gentle clarifying shampoo that removes buildup, like MOP’s Mixed Greens Shampoo with detoxifying rosemary and peppermint, and chlorine-removing vinegar. Next, add a deep conditioning hair mask that can restore vitality to dry hair. Try 100% Pure Sea Algae Hair Mask with healing aloe, argan oil and shea butter, and super-hydrating red algae collagen.

    Hydrate your body

    When we’re outside in the sun for any length of time, we lose fluids and salts through sweat as our bodies try to keep us cool. To ward off dehydration, be sure to drink plenty of water—both during your time in the sun and after. And to help replace electrolytes lost through sweating, try Skratch Labs’ Daily Electrolyte Mix which makes a tasty raspberry drink that’s great for post-sun hydration.

  • The Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Sunscreen Safety

    SunCare4-ArticleDid you know there’s a non-profit research organization that is completely dedicated to protecting our health and the environment? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) does just that by telling us what we need to know about skincare product safety, food additives, pesticides and all-around clean living. This year, their diligent analysts rated over 1,700 sunscreens and SPF moisturizers for safety and effectiveness.

    Here’s what they had to say about the best ones for you and your family.

    How EWG Rates Sunscreens

    EWG determines the top-rated sunscreens by analyzing how well they protect us and the safety of listed ingredients. Two-thirds of the score is based on a product’s UV protection and stability, and one-third on toxicity concerns of ingredients. Product ratings are from 0-10, specifically 0-2 (low hazard), 3-6 (moderate hazard) and 7-10 (high hazard).

    Minerals vs. Chemicals and Vitamin A

    When it comes to ingredients, EWG studies the latest research to see how ingredients impact our bodies. In the case of sunscreens, the sun’s damaging rays are blocked with minerals like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, or with chemical filters like avobenzone and oxybenzone. EWG recommends mineral-based sunscreens because they are more stable, last longer and don’t penetrate the skin like chemical-based sunscreens (some of which, like oxybenzone, are suspected hormone-disruptors). And be on the lookout for added Vitamin A, listed as retinol or retinyl palmitate. EWG says this common anti-aging ingredient speeds up the development of cancerous skin tumors when exposed to sunlight, so save Vitamin A products for nighttime use.

    Top Picks & Why We Love Them

    For Kids

    (EWG doesn’t recommend using sunscreens on infants under 6 months of age)

    ThinkBaby SPF 50+ (EWG rating 1) Organic, non-nano zinc oxide, non-aerosol, no chemical UV absorbers with super skin-protecting anti-oxidants cranberry and raspberry oil.

    TruKid Sunny Days Face and Body Stick SPF30 (EWG rating 1) Easy to use and carry, a roll-on sunscreen that’s water-resistant.

    For Athletes (or extended time outdoors)

    Badger Sport Sunscreen Cream SPF 35 (EWG rating 1) Water and sweat resistant, unscented and environmentally friendly; it’s biodegradable, safe for coral reefs and comes in a BPA and phthalate-free tube.

    Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sport Sunscreen SPF 45 (EWG rating 2) Water-resistant and skin nourishing with aloe vera, calendula, lavender, grape seed and green tea extracts.

    For Bodies (everyday coverage)

    DeVita Solar Body Moisturizer SPF30+ (EWG rating 1) Non-greasy and easily absorbed, it revitalizes skin with anti-aging vitamins and botanicals like vitamin E, Japanese green tea, rose hips and seaweed extract.

    Alba Botanica Mineral Sunblock SPF30 (EWG rating 2) Lightweight and moisturizing with jojoba oil, green tea and lavender, it hydrates and protects skin.

    For Faces (with extra benefits)

    Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream SPF35 (EWG rating 2) Provides sun protection and anti-inflammatory anti-oxidants in a lightweight, color-correcting cream that comes in two shades.

    Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream SPF25 (EWG rating 2) Goes on smoothly for a dewy, radiant finish with excellent coverage in eight easy-to-match shades.

    Juice Beauty Tinted Mineral Moisturizer SPF30 (EWG rating 1) Zinc oxide-based with skin-saving botanicals like aloe, white grape juice and cucumber extract.SunCare4-Article

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  • Get Extra Protection from Natural Sunscreen Boosters

    LadyOnBeachWe know that mineral sunscreens like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are very effective at physically blocking damaging UVA and UVB rays without harmful chemicals. But did you know that these skin protectors can get a boost from certain natural botanicals that prevent and repair UV radiation damage? Look for these added ingredients in your sunscreen to amp up its protective qualities.


    Recent scientific studies show that licorice root extract can boost our skin’s defenses against UV rays by producing antioxidant molecules in our skin that create a protective shield. The active ingredient in licorice, Licochalcone A, combined with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, gives us a more complete defense. Kiss My Face’s Sunscreen Oat Protein Complex SPF 30 blends licorice extract with skin-calming oat protein and powerful antioxidants to provide extra protection from sun damage. Or add licorice to your daily skin care routine by applying Eminence’s Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster Serum before your sunscreen. This multi-purpose serum combines pure licorice root with skin brighteners to created protected skin with more even tone.


    Green and white teas contain antioxidants called polyphenols that make our skin more resistant to UV radiation and protect us against cell damage caused by sunburn, say researchers. Drinking just two cups of green tea daily boosts our skin’s ability to repair damage from the sun’s rays.

    Makes sense, then, that tea extract added to our daily sunscreen can maximize the benefits of these powerful antioxidants. Green tea extract, grape seed juice and zinc oxide come together to protect and moisturize in Elemental Herbs’ Sport Zinc Sunscreen SPF 33, which goes on smooth without leaving a sticky white residue. And white tea and licorice extracts combine with both zinc and titanium dioxide in Mineral Fusion’s Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 15 to provide a light, daily facial moisturizer and sunscreen that’s especially good for oily skin.


    Plant oils have been found to block UV rays, and sesame oil is one of the most effective, blocking about 30 percent of the UV rays. It’s rich in antioxidants too, neutralizing free radicals that cause skin damage and premature wrinkles. Elemental Herbs’ Zinc Sunstick SPF 30 blends organic sesame seed oil with zinc oxide in an easy-to-use stick. And kids and babies get SPF 30 protection from zinc and sesame seed oil in Babo Botanicals’ Clear Zinc Sport Stick that absorbs quickly and goes on clear.

    Aloe Vera

    Known for its skin-healing and anti-inflammatory properties, aloe also helps absorb damaging UV rays. Rich in aloe leaf juice powder, MyChelle’s Sun Shield SPF 28, maximizes sun protection with both botanical and physical sun blockers. Its unscented, chemical-free formula is especially good for sensitive skin. Finally, customer favorite Goddess Garden’s Sunny Body Organic Sunscreen Continuous Spray SPF 30 adds organic aloe vera and calming lavender and honeysuckle extracts to a lightweight zinc and titanium dioxide formula that sprays on for fast, easy application.

  • Sun Safety 101

    AirplaneAsk any dermatologist and she’ll tell you the number one thing you can do to keep your skin healthy, prevent skin cancer and stop premature wrinkles is to block damaging ultraviolet rays from the sun. With a wide range of sun care options available, here’s what you need to know about SPF numbers, sunscreen ingredients and sun-savvy techniques.

    Derms Demand SPF 30 & Broad Spectrum
    Sunscreens are labeled with SPF numbers that let us know how long our sunscreen protects us from damaging, sunburn-producing UVB rays. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using an SPF 30 that blocks 97 percent of UVB rays. (Higher SPF numbers offer slightly more protection, but still need to be reapplied every few hours). To get protection from both UVB rays and UVA rays (which cause premature aging and wrinkles), look for products labeled “broad spectrum.”

    Chemicals or Minerals?
    Sunscreens filter out sun rays with either chemicals or minerals. Minerals like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide offer strong protection, don’t break down in the sun and are safer than chemical sunscreens, says the Environmental Working Group. In particular the EWG says to avoid chemical sunscreens with oxybenzone, as it has been shown to be a hormone disrupter and skin allergen.

    Rub it, Spray it, Use it!
    No matter how they’re dispensed, sunscreens only work when they cover all of your skin. Lotions can feel more moisturizing, and sprays are easier to use on hard-to-reach places (or squirming kids!). Supergoop's SPF 50 Antioxidant Infused Sunscreen Day Cream is a powerful mineral-based cream with olive oil, pomegranate and green-tea antioxidants that protect against skin-damaging free radicals. Hang 10's Mineral Sport Body Sunscreen SPF 30 is a good lightweight choice with maximum (80 minute) water resistance, along with soothing aloe and arnica extracts. For easy application, try Goddess Garden's Natural Sunscreen Spray SPF 30's lavender-scented spray with both titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

    Slip Slop Slap & Wrap
    Another easy way to remember how to protect ourselves from sun damage is this catchy phrase from the American Cancer Society.

    Slip on a shirt. Clothing blocks ultraviolet rays to varying degrees and can be UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) rated. A white cotton t-shirt has a UPF of about 7, while sun-protective clothing (made with sunblock-treated fabrics) comes with UPFs of 50+, providing up to 98 percent protection from UVA and UVB rays.

    Slop on sunscreen.

    • What: SPF 30 or more, broad spectrum.
    • When: Apply 30 minutes before going out on both sunny and cloudy days, and re-apply every 2 hours or after swimming.
    • How: Use enough, about 1 oz (a shot glass full).
    • Where: Everywhere. Ears, hands, feet and lips too (try jane iredale's LipDrink Balm SPF 15, with titanium dioxide).

    Slap on a hat. For the best protection, look for a hat with a UPF of 30 or 50, with a wide brim to protect your face, ears and neck.

    Wrap on sunglasses. Choose sunglasses labeled with 99-100 percent UVA/UVB protection and UV 400 (shields eyes from even the smallest rays). Be cool (and safe) and wear them whenever you’re outside, even on cloudy days.

  • Four of Our Favorite BB and CC Creams Among EWG’s Top Picks

    AgingWe just love it when we can spot a great product that harnesses the power of natural ingredients to make your skin look and feel great! It’s part of Pharmaca’s commitment to being your trusted editor when it comes to clean skin and beauty care products.

    Many of the brands we carry have come out with BB and CC creams in the last few years as a simple way to get moisture, sun protection and coverage all in one simple tube (learn more about the ABCs of these multitaskers).

    Because of this emerging trend, the Environmental Working Group recently rated many of the BB and CC Creams on the market today for their safety and efficacy. Among the top 10? Four popular products from our favorite brands:

    Researchers at the EWG added that BB and CC Creams are a better, safer bet anyway, since you’re combining the function of three products into one. So take comfort in nourishing your skin with moisturizing, sun-protecting, coverage-providing multitaskers from Pharmaca!

  • Sun Care: Team Member-Approved!

    With so many sunscreens out there, it can be hard to know what's best for you. Here, Pharmaca Team Members put our sunscreens to the test—from days at the pool to long bike rides. Read more about the sun care they're loving.

    Juice-Beauy-Tinted-Moisturizer I've been very happy with Juice Beauty's Tinted Moisturizer. The slight tint keeps me from that white glow and having to rub in so much, and the slight citrus fragrance is nice as well.


    Supergoop-Sunscreen-Mist I'm loving Supergoop—I use the Lip Balm with SPF 30, and the Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C SPF 50. I just took it on a several-day trip to a music festival…we stood outside in the sun for hours and it offered great coverage! It's not sticky and it has a nice scent, so even the boys used it.


    Juice-Beauty-Sport-SPF-30 I've been using the Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Moisturizer as a daily sunscreen for my face, and all over if I'm going out running. I like the way it smells and, compared to other sport sunscreens, it rubs in really well. I never worry that I am going to end up with a white face! And I didn't end up with any sunburn.

    -Mary Catherine

    Coola-Pina-Colada-Sunscreen I have been using the Coola Pina Colada Sport Sunscreen Spray. It's an SPF 35 and so easy to use! My kids love getting sprayed and then rubbing it in themselves (which makes my life a lot easier). The spray also makes it very easy to reapply. We keep it in our pool bag for our days at the YMCA!


    Alba-Hawaiian-Aloe-Vera-Sunscreen When I go out road cycling, I use Alba Hawaiian's Soothing Aloe Vera SPF 30. It is refreshingly light and doesn't make me break out. Plus, I am not getting a wicked biker tan…very nice!


    Kiss-My-Face-Sport-Spray I fell in love with Kiss My Face SPF 50 Sport Spray last summer and now I use it every time I go out! I even used it on a weekend rafting trip a few weeks ago (including 8 hours on the water) and didn't get burned at all. Plus it smells coconutty and delicious!


    Sanitas-Solar-Block I love Sanitas' reputation as a skin care brand--I use their Solar Block. It's a mineral sunscreen so it provides the best protection, but goes on clean and doesn't leave any residue. I wear it every day under makeup—a must in a place like Colorado where we see so much sun!


  • The Three Ss of Good Sun Care

    Slather on the SPFs

    Before your next trip to the beach—or even before an afternoon in the backyard—brush up on the hows and whats of sun protection.

    Reapply often. Experts recommend applying a full ounce of sunscreen (about the size of a shot glass) to skin before sun exposure. Reapply every few hours, and especially after sweating, bathing or toweling off. And don’t be fooled by high SPFs—even SPF 50 and higher needs to be reapplied on the same schedule.

    Look for a broad-spectrum mineral sunscreen. Turn to the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Sunscreens for recommendations on sun care that protects against UVA and UVB rays without unsafe chemicals. On their list this year: sport sunscreens from Badger and Alba, Andalou Naturals’ Beauty Balms and Supergoop’s Lip Balms (along with many other Pharmaca favorites!).

    Double up with moisture and/or coverage. An easy way to get extra protection—choose a moisturizer or mineral makeup that already has SPF protection, like Juice Beauty’s Tinted Moisturizers or jane iredale’s mineral foundations.

    Supplement your skin

    If you’ve played by the rules and still get sunburnt, you now have to contend with the free radicals that are produced by sun exposure—those same free radicals that can speed the aging process and cause oxidative stress.

    Upping your antioxidant intake right after a burn can help quench the free radical damage, says Julie McGinnis, dietician at our south Boulder store. “Drink green tea, eat vitamin c-rich fruits and veggies and add anti-inflammatory turmeric to meals,” she says. For an extra antioxidant boost, try New Chapter’s Supercritical Antioxidants or Pharmaca’s Alpha Lipoic Acid. And if you’re feeling pain with the burn, other anti-inflammatories like bromelain or New Chapter’s Zyflamend can help calm the stinging.

    Self tan!

    Don’t feel like you have miss out on a great summer glow just because you’re applying sunscreen. Natural self-tanners are chock full of skin-nourishing ingredients that produce a healthy looking tan that lasts for days. First steps? Shaving and exfoliating skin to ensure even coverage, says Beth Walker Elwood, esthetician in downtown Boulder. Then, she says, apply in a circular motion to reduce the risk of streaks. “Doing it subtly is the way to go,” says Beth, who even recommends adding a bit to your body lotion for a more gradual build up. She loves Tantasia from jane iredale, a non-sticky self-tanning lotion with a great citrus scent.

    Another way to get that sun kissed glow: Dr. Hauschka’s Translucent Bronze Concentrate, a liquid that’s easy to add to your facial moisturizer for extra rosy cheeks or an allover bronzed look.

    Speak with a Pharmaca esthetician about ways the best ways to protect and support your skin this summer.

  • How SPFs are Calculated

    If you’ve ever wondered exactly how those SPF numbers are calculated on your sunscreen, you’ve got some sunburnt volunteers to thank.

    SPF manufacturers test their products’ sun protection factor by slathering it on volunteers, at a rate of 2 mg of sunscreen per square centimeter of skin, and then blast them with UV rays that simulate sunlight until a burn appears. They then calculate the time it takes to create the burn on the protected skin and divide it by the time it takes to burn unprotected skin. The result is an approximation of the amount of time you can spend in the sun wearing a specified SPF until you burn.

    But because most people use sunscreens improperly, sunburns still happen. According to recent research, people apply much less than what is used in the SPF calculations—as little as 1/5 of the amount used on the test subjects. Because of the complex calculations used in the SPFs, this exponentially cuts down the sunscreen’s effectiveness. According to the Mayo Clinic, the average adult should use about 1 oz of sunscreen per application, about the size of a shotglass. And make sure you use at least a teaspoon on your face.

    So the higher the SPF the better, right? Well, not always. “Higher SPFs give people a false sense of security,” says an esthetician at Pharmaca Santa Fe. Indeed, studies show that people who use high-SPF sunscreens feel safer staying in the sun longer, and therefore do. After swimming, washing or toweling off, even adequate amounts of high-SPF sunscreen can and will lose effectiveness.

    “The trick is to reapply,” the esthetician says. “All chemical sunscreens break down after a few hours.” Our estheticians usually recommend nothing higher than an SPF 30, reapplied every two hours. Mineral sunscreens can also be washed or rubbed off, so reapply as frequently as you would a chemical sunscreen.

    For more on finding the right SPF for you, visit with a practitioner or esthetician at a Pharmaca near you, or check out our online selection of favorite sunscreens from brands like Goddess Garden, Supergoop, Alba and Badger.

  • Sun Protection Decoded

    The world of sunscreens can be confusing these days, and chances are, you need some help decoding which sun protection is best for you and your family.

    Fortunately, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has developed a sophisticated system of rating sunscreens for their safety and effectiveness. And fortunately for you, Pharmaca carries a wide variety of sunscreens marked with the EWG's stamp of approval. (And don't forget that covering up in the sun means it's harder for your body to make vitamin D-make sure you integrate supplementation into your summer regime!)

    New at Pharmaca

    La Roche-Posay Anthelios 40 Sunscreen Cream
    For long-lasting, high-SPF protection, turn to expert sunscreens from La Roche-Posay, one of Europe's best-selling skin care lines. Anthelios is water resistant and protects skin on both face and body. Save 20% in July!

    Packed with organics

    Goddess Garden Facial Natural Sunscreen SPF 30
    Protect and repair with sheer UV-blocking ZinClear and 70 percent certified organic ingredients! Goddess Garden's latest creation includes skin-healing aloe and green tea to repair skin from the sun's damaging rays.

    Great for a day at the beach

    Vanicream Sunscreen Sport SPF 35
    This non-greasy, long-lasting formula offers broad-spectrum protection, ideal for outdoor sports. Vanicream is formulated with transparent zinc oxide and octinoxate.

    One to stash in the car (or your purse)

    Badger Sunscreen for Face and Body, in SPF 15 and 30
    Badger's SPF formulas are water resistant, safe for children of all ages, block both UVA and UVB rays with zinc oxide, and thoroughly moisturize while they protect your skin.

    For the face

    MyChelle Sun Shield, SPF 28
    Mychelle's line features dermaceutical-grade and bioactive ingredients that offer powerful but gentle protection. Zinc and titanium oxide offer full-spectrum UVA/UVB protection, along with soothing aloe and fortifying soybean oil.

    Makeup Sunscreen

    jane iredale PurePressed Base, SPF 20
    One convenient compact provides a foundation, powder, concealer and UVA/UVB SPF 20 sunscreen all in one place. Natural looking and weightless on the skin, this compact also creates less waste by offering refill inserts. Plus, this base is one of five jane iredale products that have also received the Skin Cancer Foundation's Seal of Recommendation. (Compact and refill sold separately.)

    Just for lips

    Alba Botanica TerraTint, SPF 8
    Alba's lip-smacking sunscreens come in a variety of subtle colors to enhance your sun-kissed glow. Zinc oxide provides chemical free sun protection and organic oils, beeswax and peppermint soothe and cool.

    Stop in to Pharmaca today to explore our selection of top-rated sun protection.

  • Your Sunscreen Buying Guide

    It's time to plan your summer fun-and your summer sun protection. Don't forget that experts recommend replacing your sunscreen every year, since it can lose effectiveness quickly, especially when they spend time in the hot sun. Use these basics to simplify your next sun care shopping trip at Pharmaca.

    Mineral vs. chemical

    Where chemical sunscreens absorb the sun's rays before they can cause damage, "physical" sunscreens actually block and deflect rays. And since physical sunscreens sit on top of the surface of the skin, they're also much less likely to irritate sensitive skin or cause allergic reactions. Look for one with a good zinc content, which can help heal the skin while it protects.

    What are SPFs, anyway?

    Sunscreen manufacturers test their products' sun protection factor by slathering it on volunteers and then blasting them with UV rays until a burn appears. They then calculate the time it takes to create the burn on the protected skin and divide it by the time it takes to burn unprotected skin. The result is an approximation of the amount of time you can spend in the sun wearing a specified SPF until you burn.

    UVA vs. UVB protection

    UVA and UVB rays are the two types of ultraviolet radiation that our skin has to contend with. UVA rays are the longer of the two, and can penetrate deeper into the skin and cause more lasting (read: aging) damage. UVB rays are shorter and tend to burn the skin's more superficial layers. Because neither outcome is desirable, it's important to find a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both. 

    Did you know?

    Certain medications can make you more sun sensitive.
    Many classes of drugs-including common anti-depressants, hormones, antibiotics, statins and more-can increase your chances of photosensitivity (or even long-term cellular damage). Talk to a pharmacist about whether one of your medications might put you at greater risk.

    Most people use only a fraction of the amount of sunscreen needed to get the true SPF protection on the label
    . According to the Mayo Clinic, the average adult should use about 1 oz of sunscreen on the body, about the size of a shotglass, making sure you use at least a teaspoon on your face. Reapply every two hours, or after exposure to water.

    Tanning just doesn't make sense.
    A tan results from injury to the skin's DNA, as the skin darkens in an imperfect attempt to prevent further DNA damage. And the sunlamps used in tanning salons emit doses of UVA as much as 12 times that of the sun.

    Talk to a Pharmaca practitioner about finding the right sunscreen for your skin type and activities, and check out our brand new sun care options.

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