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Rhode Island is offering free sunscreen at the beach all summer long

By Stacey Leasca
May 29, 2019, 1:36:40 PM EDT

Officials in Rhode Island announced this week plans to offer free sunscreen (provided by Raw Elements USA) to visitors at all state beaches and parks throughout the summer.

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“Rhode Island's beautiful parks and beaches are some of our most treasured cultural and economic resources, drawing thousands of visitors from across the state and around the county,” Gov. Gina M. Raimondo said in a statement. “Offering complimentary sunscreen stations at our public recreation facilities is an important way we can help people of all ages protect themselves against skin cancer this summer.”

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The smallest state isn’t offering just any old sunscreen. Raw Elements is a reef-safe sunscreen using 20 percent non-nano zinc oxide, along with other ingredients including black and green tea extracts, to both protect people from the sun and the oceans from pollution. The sunscreen has been a top-rated sunscreen by The Environmental Working Groupfor nearly a decade, and was also provided for freeto guests staying with Aqua-Aston Hospitality, Hawaii's largest chain of hotels and resorts, in 2017.

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