For spending time outdoors and soaking up warm, blissful sunshine, there's just no better season than summer. But this time of year doesn't come without its consequences -- like sunburn. On my recent beach vacay, I learned the hard way by refusing to use the only chemical-laden sunscreens we had in the house. I figured I might get a little color, but no biggie. In retrospect, what on earth was I thinking?!
We all know that once skin feels the wrath of too much sun exposure, you've got yourself a one-way ticket to looking like a lobster and feeling like you're on fire. Later, you're en route to Creepy Dead Skin Peeling Town (not to mention the long-term effects, like cancer). Ack!
So, if we want to be in the sun, we've got to protect our skin. But what to make of all the confusing sunscreen labeling? What ingredients are safe? What's the truth about SPF? Here, your ultimate guide to decoding sunscreen this summer, so keeping skin healthy won't even be a question!