Which SPF is Safe for You and Your Children?

May 8, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Posted in Fitness, Sports and Rec | 1 Comment
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Which SPF is Safe for You and Your Children?.

With the school year coming to an end and summer on its way, who isn’t ready to slip on their swimsuit and head to the pool?
As we’re all diligently slathering on the sunscreen to protect from the Arizona sun, there is one question we don’t think to ask. Is our sunscreen
actually more harmful to our skin than the sun?
New reports from the Environmental Working Group suggest that ingredients in most sunscreen — including the most popular brands — may actually
RAISE the risk of cancer and cause many other health concerns as well.
Nearly half of the sunscreens examined by EWG contained one or two cancer-causing ingredients! One is a hormone-disrupting chemical that penetrates the skin, disrupting the normal functioning of the body in ways that can lead to cancer and other serious medical problem, and the other is a vitamin A derivative that when exposed to sunlight (really?!) may encourage skin cancer.
WHAT NOT TO BUY: Avoid sunscreens with these dangerous ingredients
Oxybenzone – A hormone-disrupting chemical linked with endocrine disruption and cell damage
Retinyl palmitate – A vitamin A compound associated with the accelerated growth of skin lesions and tumors.
WHAT TO BUY: EWG recommends purchasing broad-spectrum sunscreens that derive their protective properties not from chemicals that penetrate the skin, but from the metals titanium or zinc, which stay on the surface of the skin, do their job to protect you, and then can be washed off entirely.
 
WHAT TO DO: Apply SAFE sunscreen in lavish amounts. Beware of sunscreens with SPF ratings higher than 50, especially when combined with “baby” on the label. The implication is that they are safe as can be, but the reality is that many offer little or no UVA protection and also contain dangerous ingredients. The American Cancer Society recommends that you use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15, while the American Academy of Dermatology says 30.
Try these alternative sunscreens for a healthier summer:
All Terrain Aquasport Performance Sunscreen, SPF 30
Badger Sunscreen for Face and Body, SPF 30
Loving Naturals Sunscreen, SPF 30+
Purple Prairie Botanicals Sun Stick, SPF 30
Soleo Organics All Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30+
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