Free Sunscreen at Narragansett Beach

A local brand is supplying the organic, zinc-based sunscreen at all six beach entry points.

Photo courtesy of Brian Guadagno.

According to the CDC’s State Cancer Profiles, Washington County has the highest incidence of melanoma in Rhode Island. To combat overexposure to the sun, a local sunscreen brand, Raw Elements, has teamed up with the town of Narragansett to erect six free Sun Shield sunscreen dispensers at Narragansett Town Beach.

The Sun Shields, hands-free devices with tablets affixed to the top, debuted the last weekend in June and dispense Raw Elements‘ SPF 30 sunscreen. The Rhode Island-based brand uses chemical-free ingredients — including zinc oxide, sunflower oil, rosemary, hempseed oil and black and green teas — in its products. The lotion is water-resistant and it doesn’t sting the eyes, so it’s safe for the little ones, too.

The Narragansett Town Beach Sun Shields are the first of their kind in the state, and both the location and the lotion were thoughtful choices. Raw Elements’ founder, Brian Guadagno, worked as a lifeguard at Narragansett Town Beach for years before launching his sunscreen brand in 2011.

“Being able to partner with the Town of Narragansett to provide free Raw Elements sunscreen to beach-goers feels like we’ve come full circle,” says Guadagno in a press release. “We’re hoping to help people enjoy the beach without having to worry about what’s in their sunscreen.”

This Friday, July 7, Raw Elements, the town of Narragansett and the Rhode Island Department of Health are hosting a Sun Safety Day at Narragansett Town Beach. Visitors can test out the sunscreen, receive a free skin cancer screening and learn about sun safety from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the South Pavilion.