Will You Change Your Sunscreen Habits Because of Recent Reports?


| 6/1/2010 2:15:55 PM


Tags: Environmental Working Group, sunscreen, vitamin d, question to readers,

SunscreenRight on the heels of estimates of widespread vitamin D deficiencies in the U.S. population — which most of us get from exposing our skin, sans sunscreen, to the sun — comes the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) 2010 Sunscreen Guide. For this year’s report, the EWG reviewed 500 sunscreens to test the safety of their ingredients and the veracity of their marketing claims. Of those 500, EWG researchers recommend only 39 products. The guide cites false product claims and evidence that some ingredients may even accelerate the growth of skin cancer for those that didn’t make the cut.

The good news is, you can find their list of Best Sunscreens and look up the products you’re currently using via their website. The EWG's Top Sun Safety Tips pages are full of useful information, from specific product ratings to which ingredients to look for (zinc, titatanium dioxide, avobenzone or mexoryl SX) and which to avoid (oxybenxone, vitamin A (retinyl palmitate), and added insect repellent), as well as other sun safety tips. Aside from sunscreen, you can protect yourself by wearing clothing that offers more coverage, finding shade, avoiding midday rays and wearing sunglasses, among other things.

Between the (possible) need for more vitamin D — you can have your levels tested at your doctor’s office — and the sunscreen report, getting a few minutes of exposure and covering up with lightweight clothing for longer periods outdoors is starting to sound like a good idea. What do you think? Will you change your sunscreen habits based on the current reports?

 


Find out more: 

Via Utne Reader: The Best Sunscreen May Be No Sunscreen 
Environmental Working Group's 2010 Sunscreen Guide 
How Do You Get Your Vitamin D? 
Vitamin D: Sunshine and So Much More
Via The New York TimesVitamin D, Miracle Drug: Is It Science, or Just Talk? 

Mandy Lange
1/2/2011 7:58:46 PM

Since my family has been becoming more aware of the chemicals that are in our day-to-day products, we are choosing not to wear sunblock unless we are going to be outside swimming. Skin cancer is more prevalent now than it was 100 or more years ago because of the products we are putting on our skin which gets absorbed into our bloodstream. The sun is a very natural thing that the body knows what to do with-you can't say that for sunscreens. Our skin does need a certain amount of sunlight for its own health. Putting sunscreen on our skin adversely affects how our body creates Vitamin D which predisposes us to low Vit. D levels. We need to quit being scared of the sun. Put it this way-what did native tribal peoples do about the sun what with their scanty dress? Surprisingly, their bodies seem to be able to handle the sun just like ours are supposed to be able to do-we just don't allow it too.


Mandy Lange
1/2/2011 7:52:35 PM

Since my family has been becoming more aware of the chemicals that are in our day-to-day products, we are choosing not to wear sunblock unless we are going to be outside swimming. Skin cancer is more prevalent now than it was 100 or more years ago because of the products we are putting on our skin which gets absorbed into our bloodstream. The sun is a very natural thing that the body knows what to do with-you can't say that for sunscreens. Our skin does need a certain amount of sunlight for its own health. Putting sunscreen on our skin adversely affects how our body creates Vitamin D which predisposes us to low Vit. D levels. We need to quit being scared of the sun. Put it this way-what did native tribal peoples do about the sun what with their scanty dress? Surprisingly, their bodies seem to be able to handle the sun just like ours are supposed to be able to do-we just don't allow it too.


Jehnavi
9/22/2010 1:23:53 AM

The danger of nanoparticles in sunscreens has been characterized by a number of organizations, including BlueScope Steel Colorbond roof after they started to rot and discovered it was because of sun protection used by installers interaction with sunlight Colorbond to attack. Friends of the Earth has been campaigning on this issue, and has a list of sunscreens on its website that contain nanoparticles. I can use this list to buy my sunscreen during a time! www.womenhealthcenter.net





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