Archive for June 3rd, 2010

A New Study Reveals Some Sunscreens
May Increase Incidents of Skin Cancer

I have always been a big proponent of sunscreen. From an early age, I was the one all the neighborhood kids would use as a measuring stick for how tan they were. I didn’t mind though, because even though I was the palest of them all, I knew that some day they would regret their sun worshiping ways (probably around the time they noticed that first wrinkle or two). As I grew older, my sunscreen obsession grew. No longer was SPF 30 adequate, not when SPF 100 is available. I also became even more religious about reapplying. A couple of weeks ago I casually mentioned to a friend that he should pack some sunscreen for an upcoming trip. He replied that it wasn’t that kind of trip. Of course, that set me off on my safe sun lecture that I have been giving since age 10 about how sunscreen should be a part of everyone’s daily routine. Anyway, he wasn’t buying it and instead, told me I should be more concerned about all the chemicals I was introducing to my body. Surrounded by sun worshipers my entire life who refuse to drink the Kool-Aid, I decided to let it pass. Of course it wasn’t a full week later when a co-worker sent me a link to an AOL news story about a new study revealing many sunscreens may be accelerating skin cancer. To say this was NOT good news to my ears was a massive understatement. While I’m not ready to forego my incessant use of sunscreen, I am in search of one that doesn’t rely on some of the ingredients the study noted as potentially harmful. Check out the Environmental Working Group’s 2010 Sunscreen Guide to see how your sunscreen stacks up to the competition. And encourage your clients to wear a hat and protective clothing when planning to be out in the sun. Until more definitive research is available, they may be their safest line of defense. Want to learn more about what’s new with sunscreen? Check out Here Comes the Sun in our June issue.

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