Posts Tagged "sunscreen"

Is Using Sunscreen a Healthy Habit…or Not?

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 in Cancer, Health & Wellness, Health Optimization

Before you slather that sunscreen on your skin, or your child’s, as you vacation in sunny places this summer season, there are a few important things you should consider. Of the many sunscreens and sunblocks sold on the American market, most, unfortunately, contain a plethora of harsh chemicals that have been found in laboratory studies to produce all kinds of damaging effects in animals, as well as in humans who were tested. A well-known study conducted by the University of Zurich in Switzerland found that several chemicals commonly used in sunscreens mimic the effects of the female hormone...

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Sunscreen Ingredient May Up Skin Cancer Risk

Posted on May 14, 2012 in Cancer, Health & Wellness

Contrary to popular belief that sunscreen protects bodies from overexposure and possibly from skin cancer, researchers are discovering that the product may not be so safe after all. Cell toxicity studies by Dr. Yinfa Ma, Curators’ Teaching Professor of chemistry at Missouri University of Science and Technology, and his graduate student Qingbo Yang, suggest that when exposed to sunlight, zinc oxide, a common ingredient in sunscreens, undergoes a chemical reaction that may release unstable molecules known as free radicals. Free radicals seek to bond with other molecules, but in the...

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U.S. FDA Standardizes Sunscreen Labelling Laws

Posted on Aug 17, 2011 in Health & Wellness, Health Optimization

Sunscreen products sold on U.S. shelves will soon be required to follow a standardized labelling system that specifies which products offer the best protection and bans the terms “sunblock” and “waterproof.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the new labelling requirements on Tuesday in Silver Spring, Md. Under the new system, only sunscreen products that protect against both ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation, and have an SPF of 15 or higher, will qualify to be labelled as “Broad Spectrum.” Janet Woodcock, director of the...

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