Yet another concern about cancer causing agents and the effectiveness of sunscreens…The very product that we are using to protect our skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Not to be too alarmed. This information is still under investigation.
A recent report on sunscreens by Environmental Working Group (EWG) raises some questions on the safety and efficacy of sunscreen products on the market. The report says out of 500 brands that were tested only 39 were recommended by EWG. The report warns consumers to stay away from sunscreens containing the Vitamin A compound etinyl palmitate, linking this ingredient to skin tumors and growth.
Dr. Leslie Baumann, a leading dermatologist and head of the Baumann Cosmetic & Research Institute advises, “Avoid sunscreens with Retinyl palmitate. Those with retinol are safe but a waste of money because the retinol is rapidly broken down upon sun exposure. Use products with retinol at night instead.”
“EWG has again flagged products with oxybenzone, a hormone-disrupting compound that penetrates the skin and enters the bloodstream. According to Dr. Baumann, there are no scientifically valid reports or studies that have shown that this is dangerous. She advisees, “that if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have an increased risk of breast cancer, or want to be extra cautious about chemicals, avoid sunscreens with oxybenzone. An alternative that will not be absorbed into the body are sunscreens with zinc oxide such as Blue Lizard for sensitive skin.
The bottom line: Sunscreens do not protect you 100%. Don’t be fooled in thinking that you are getting the full SPF of any brand. Be smart. Wear hats, protective clothing and try to avoid the sun at peak hours. Don’t stop using sunscreens..