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Which Sunscreens are the Safest?

Posted on: June 5th, 2011 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

The sun is finally out and shining and we are all wanting to get out and be apart of it.  There has been a lot of debate over sun protection and the pros and cons of using sunscreen and if so, which sunscreens are safe.  The Environmental Working Group has compiled information on which sunscreens are the best in regards of toxicity and efficacy.

Their general guidelines are:

Avoid sunscreens with:
Oxybenzone – a potential hormone disrupter that can penetrate the skin and enter the body.
Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate) – new research suggests applied topically, this form of Vitamin A speeds up lesion and tumour growth on the skin.
Added inspect repellent – best to add thereafter
Sprays and Powders – these disperse particles into the air that you then breathe

Choose sunscreens with:
Zinc oxide or Titanium dioxide
Avobenzone or Mexoxyl SX
Creams
Broad Spectrum Protection
Water resistant
SPF 30 plus

This is The Environmental Working Group’s summary of the top sunscreens, helping you assess which sunscreens will be the best match for you and your health this summer.

Best Sunscreens for You and Your Body!

*taken from EWG’s Skin Deep Sunscreen 2011.

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