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Stay Safe in the Summer Sun

Daily Health Tips update for June 3:

We all know the warnings about using sunscreen to protect our skin from sun damage and sunburn. But what’s a person to do, aside from avoiding the sun altogether, if you’re not hip on all the suspect chemicals that are often mixed into most sunscreens?

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently studied 500 sunscreens specifically designed for sport and beach use and discovered around 60% contain oxybenzone– a potentially harmful hormone-disrupting compound that penetrates the skin and enters the bloodstream. The EWG also warns against sunscreens containing retinyl palmitate, a type of vitamin A that the FDA is investigating because it’s suspected to accelerate skin damage and increase skin cancer risk when applied to skin exposed to sunlight. Retinyl palmitate was found in 41% of sunscreens.

Until the FDA finally puts some federal sunscreen regulations into place—not likely until sometime in 2012—the “screening” process is completely up to you. Try to find sunscreen brands that do not contain oxybenzone, retinyl palmitate or parabens.

Source: The Daily Green

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