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Is Your Sunscreen The Right Sunscreen For You?

Is Your Sunscreen The Right Sunscreen For You?
Is Your Sunscreen The Right Sunscreen For You? - A recent study has found that the majority of sunscreens found on supermarket shelves contain a component that radically speeds up cancerous cellular growth.
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  • A recent study has found that the majority of sunscreens found on supermarket shelves contain a component that radically speeds up cancerous cellular growth.

  • It’s an ironic fact of life that what is meant to protect you might instead be causing you more harm. Believe it or not, ladies and gentlemen, sunscreen might cause cancer!

  • Yes you heard us right! But before you trash white creams, sprays, oils, and lotions, hear us out. The verdict is still in limbo on whether sunscreen should go the way of canola oil.

  • Take Dr. Marta Rendon. A board-certified dermatologist has assured worried consumers that the results come from animal testing and are the findings of “just one study”.

  • According to the controversial study, nearly half of the 500 most popular sunscreens may actually increase the speed at which malignant cells develop and spread skin cancer such as melanoma.

  • But why? Because they contain Vitamin A, which is added to sunscreen formulations because it’s an antioxidant and slows skin aging.

  • Rendon, who acknowledges that vitamin A might possess some phototoxicity, still says that “it does not necessarily correlate that it’ll increase your risk of skin cancer.”


  • To be on the safe side though, Rendon recommends using sunscreen that blocks both UVA rays – which cause aging issues – and UVB rays, which give you sunburn and are responsible for cancer.

  • Both forms of ultraviolet light are carcinogenic but some sunscreens don’t target both. At least, most of the new ones are UVA blockers. You need to block both. She recommends brands such as Neutrogena’s line, or with Mexoryl like La Roche-Posay.

  • By following a few simple rules you’ll be safe in sunlight:

  • Check the product label

  • Make sure your sunscreen includes zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which act as physical barriers.

  • Don’t worry about SPF

  • Sun Protection Factor is not regulated by the FDA, and as it turns out, sunscreens with a high SPF – like 70,80 or 100+ - really don’t work any better than those with half the count.

  • Don’t under-do it

  • A shot glass is the right amount (reapply every two hours).
    Remember that sunscreen isn’t the only armor against damage. It’s all about exposure. Wear hats and sun-protective clothing.

  • Look for European brands

  • It’s true that Europe has better sunscreens because they process ingredients faster than the Americans.

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