Living the Tahoe Life…

At an elevation of over 6000ft and an average of 245 days of sun a year, our relationship with the sun is an integral part of Tahoe life. Choosing the right sunscreen is critical to our health and our environment. Making sure you have the right protection for your skin, with the least amount of impact on our sacred environment is key to living a healthy AND eco-conscious life in Tahoe.


What is SPF?

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. To understand this, a little math is required. An SPF20 means this: if it takes 15 minutes of sun exposure to experience skin burn (reddening), SPF20 will increase the amount of time you can spend in the sun by 20 before you experience a sun-burn. So, for an SPF of 20 (SPF20), you can spend an extra 5 hours (15min x 20) in the sun with SPF20.


What SPF Should I Use?

The short answer is that you should be using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, and that an SPF of 50, as suggested by both the FDA and EWG, is the highest level that has been shown to provide significant protection from the sun’s harmful rays.  With all sunscreens it is important to know that you must re-apply sunscreens every two hours.


Should I Avoid Sunscreens with Vitamin A?

Research shows that it is important to avoid sunscreens that include Vitamin A, also known as retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, retinyl linoleate, and retinol as this vitamin can increase the chances of developing skin cancer.


What Sunscreens Does New Moon Carry?

Due to our diligent research, ALL sunscreens carried at New Moon are mineral-based non-nano zinc-oxide sunscreens; these provide the best protection from both UVA and UVB rays, and decrease our impact on the precious environment. We carry the entire line of All Good Sunscreens, Badger Sunscreens, Zebs Organics and Mychelle Sunscreens. We strive to provide you with the safest, most environmentally friendly, reef-safe,  sunscreens on the market.

Check our shelves to the right of each sunscreen product to see the EWG ratings of our sunscreens.

Our staff is educated and excited to share what we know about, and what we have experienced with sun protection.


Personal Favorites

Wellness Manager Nina’s favorite sunscreen  brand is , “All Good”, a company based out of the central California coast. All Good’s sunscreens are organic and based upon the simple recipe for their, “All Good Goop” with zinc-oxide added to the recipe.


Happy summertime!

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