Today, I was watching Fox 5 news and a topic caught my ear – a study that was done by the Environmental Working Group found that about 80% of the current sunscreens on the market may actually either increase your risk of skin cancer and or not protect you from UVA rays (the rays that are responsible for increased wrinkles and aging).
All-in-all when preparing to protect yourself this summer, read your ingredients. DO NOT purchase sunscreens with either of these two ingredients:
Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A) – found in 41% of sunscreens
Oxybenzone – see excerpt from wikipedia below
Oxybenzone is a derivative of benzophenone, which can attack DNA when illuminated. It generates strand breaks and various photoproducts. Already in 1993 the use of oxybenzone had been strongly criticized, based on its similarity to benzophenone.
The photomutagenic properties of these compounds might be a contributing factor to the increased melanoma incidence that has been found in sunscreen users. Other possibilities include consequent overexposure to sun without UVA protection and vitamin D deficiency from overuse of sunscreen. (see sunscreen controversy).
The company also recommends that you do not use sprays or loose powders due to inhaling the harsh chemicals.
Some of the recommended brands I recommend from the suggested list are:
- All Terrain
- Beyond Coastal
- Bull Frog
- Coppertone (a classic)
- Carribbean Solutions
- Jasons Natural Cosmetics
- La Roche Posay (a trusted Loreal brand)
The full list can be found at: http://www.ewg.org/2010sunscreen/best-beach-sport-sunscreens/
The write-up from EWG can be found at (go to health/toxics): http://www.ewg.org/