June 15, 2010

Sunscreen Warnings

It was only a matter of time before they started claiming that sunscreen can be toxic and actually accelerate skin cancer... and having just returned from a beach vacation where we all slathered ourselves, especially baby Kaitlin, with sunscreen, I have to say that I am not happy!

Just like I shared with you this cosmetic database back in 2007, today I ask you to check if your sunscreen is one of the more toxic ones (I would hope for you that it isn't, but don't get your hopes up, since it looks like that the more popular a sunscreen is, the more toxic. And most of the safer options are products I've never even heard of before.)

This is the website: EWG's Sunscreen Guide


7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes, because you should definitely set aside years of research by thousands of scientists, recommendations from millions of doctors, and tons and tons of evidence showing that sunscreen can help prevent cancer based on some website you looked at that claims there might be toxins that might do something bad to you. Enjoy your skin cancer!

NY Spender said...

Dear Anonymous, like this would be the first time something like this happens.

It's not this website alone that claims it, this information has been all over the news this week. Turn the TV on and watch the news sometimes...
unless of course you work for Coppertone.

Salsa Lover said...

oy! You know, as I searched for the Neutragena sunscreen I just bought (highly raved about everywhere), it says to 'avoid'. However, when I click for details, it gets mostly 'green' feedback and very little 'red'. So the research is a bit confusing I think.

I can't really afford to go out and buy all new sunscreen so I'll use what I have and see if I can find the recommended ones soon (I haven't heard of any of them either).

Daisy said...

"Enjoy your skin cancer."

Don't take it to heart. There are plenty of angry people. One can only dodge to avoid becoming a target.

Daisy

NY Spender said...

I know Daisy, I don't take it personally. Everybody is entitled to their opinions. Of course, this is NY Spender's blog, and it's her opinion that counts. ;)

Isabella said...

I like "california baby" for my 4-year-old daughter and I do feel safe by making that choice. I'm very happy with my puchase.

Anonymous said...

I'm curious who sponsored this project, as the name of every recommended product includes the word 'natural' or 'organic'. Nothing against eliminating unnecessary chemical exposure, but, as my chemist-physician husband often says, all chemicals aren't "bad" and chemistry is not the Devil! Most dermatologists heartily recommend any Neutrogena sunscreens, moisturizers, and cosmetics, so I will continue to trust them unless real proof of harmful potential materializes. As a super-fair-skinned person, sunscreen has been a seasonal savior! (Nothing less than SPF 45 after May, on any exposed body part!) The information seemed to imply that chemical sunscreens plus antioxident ingredients (usually vitamins) work in tandem to exaccerbate conditions which lead to skin cancer. I was therefore relieved upon checking the bathroom cabinet to find none of these. Sometimes mutitasking products take on too much, and simpler solutions are often the best. Moderation is still important--spending time outdoors without frying in the sun is a wonderful thing, but limiting sun exposure is still necessary, even after slathering oneself with goop! :)

Melissa, WV