Sunday, July 18, 2010

Does Sunscreen Really Prevent Cancer

Lately the sun has been fierce--even angry. After just 10 minutes in the garden my bare toes sport a sun rash.

But. Before you buy another tube of sunscreen, read the Environmental Work Group (EWG) 2010 Sunscreen Report. EWG reviews a mindbogglingly comprehensive body of sunscreen research to create recommendations for best products.

Their most interesting findings:
The BAD Stuff?:
  • Oxybenzone (a synthetic estrogen that's absorbed by the skin)
  • Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate) (it's good to eat but bad to rub on the skin)
  • Added insect repellent
  • Sprays
  • Powders
  • SPF 50+
The RIGHT Stuff:
  • Zinc
  • Titanium dioxide
  • Avobenzone or Mexoryl SX
  • Cream
  • Broad-spectrum protection
  • Water-resistant for beach, pool & exercise
  • SPF 30+ for beach & pool
The BEST Stuff:
  • Hats
  • Shirts
  • Shade
  • Sunglasses

No comments: