For sun worshipers, we have been told repeatedly — sun screen and sun block are the best protection.
“Some protect against sunburn but not long-term skin damage. Then there’s recent research that found all but a sliver of sunscreen products less effective than manufacturers claim — and even potentially dangerous,” says the Baltimore Sun. Avoid getting burned by sunscreen purchases
Now we learn there is a controversy — a potential cancer causing chemical
Recently I reported that Channel 3000.com from Madison, Wis said: “The Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Working Group said most sunscreens contain a controversial chemical — oxybenzone — which can seep into the bloodstream and disrupt the balance of hormones.The group also claims that vitamin A, which is sometimes an ingredient, might help cause cancer. The group is giving many major brands the thumbs down. But Dean Clinic dermatologist Dr. Robert McDonald said he isn’t sold.” National Group Questions Chemicals In Sunscreens
Sunscreens to use
WebMD reported that “The group [EWG] looked at 500 sunscreens and recommended just 39, including three by the small New Hampshire skin care company Badger and three from the company Soleo Organics.
“The top-selling sunscreen brands tended to be the poorest rated, with none of the market leaders considered to be both safe and effective by the EWG.
“The EWG’s top picks included:
- Badger Sunscreen for Face and Body, SFP 30
- California Baby, Sunblock Stick, SPF 30+
- Loving Naturals Sunscreen, SPF 30+
- Purple Prairie Botanicals SunStuff, SPF 30
- Soleo Organics All Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30+
- Jason Natural Sunbrellas, SPF 30+
“Although not recommended by the group, several best-selling sunscreens did score higher than others and were considered the best choices among the chemical sunscreens evaluated.
- Bull Frog Ultimate Sheer Projection, SPF 30
- Coppertone ultraGUARD, SPF 15
- La Roche-Posay Water Resistant Sunscreen Cream, SPF 15 Group Calls Some Sunscreens ‘Snake Oil‘
Here are more resources
- Sunscreen Dos and Don’ts for Summer
- The clash of sunshine and sunscreens; the recommended list
- After more than 30 years, FDA has yet to issue final regulations for sunscreens Washington Post
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