Rhode Island Brings Back Complimentary Sunscreen Dispensers to Beaches and Parks

Stay safe at Rode Island's beaches and parks with free sunscreen from touch-free dispensers provided by Raw Elements USA.

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Say it’s a beautiful, sunny day outside, and when you finally get to your favorite beach or park, you realize you forgot your sunscreen. Before you freak out, you’re in luck, because Rhode Island has got you covered. As of July 12, seventeen Rhode Island state beaches and parks including Misquamicut, Scarborough North and Fort Wetherill, have brought back the complimentary sunscreen dispensers for all.

Since the launch of sunscreen dispensers in May 2019, they have been used more than 75,000 times throughout the summer season. The environmentally-safe dispenser stations are provided by Raw Elements USA, a natural sunscreen company founded by lifelong Rhode Island lifeguard Brian Guadagno. The partnership is part of a critical public health effort to ensure that all Rhode Islanders who visit the beaches have access to sunscreen. 

Rhode Island remains the first and only state in the nation to offer this amenity statewide, as well as the nation’s pioneering state in skin cancer prevention. Now you can still enjoy the sun without having to worry about harming your skin or enduring a painful sunburn. And in light of Covid-19, the dispensers have been updated from last year to be touch-free for this summer. 

As much as we all want to go to the beach, be prepared for parking capacity limits when planning your next trip to the sandy shore. Governor Gina Raimondo announced last week that two state beaches, Misquamicut in Westerly, and Scarborough in Narragansett, have been reduced to 25 percent parking capacity due to recent crowding.



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