Ten years after the FDA announced their intention to change rules governing sunscreen labels, they are set to release new guidelines in October. The question is: Why now? Why ten years later?
Researchers at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have issued a study showing retinyl palmitate does not speed the development of skin cancer when used in sunscreen formulations.
Amid the controversy over sunscreens, many consumers are turning to natural sunscreens as an alternative to sunscreens that may contain potentially dangerous chemicals. Here is an explanation of natural sunscreens.
Researchers show link between driving and skin cancer. Here are steps to protect from dangerous UVR when driving.
Another study, this time from Harris Interactive, shows that only one in five Americans wears sunscreen daily despite the fact the vast majority of us know the dangers of sun exposure.
Often an assumption is made that everyone understands the difference between sunscreens, sunblocks and the meaning of UVA, UVB, SPF and broad spectrum. They don’t. Here are definitions of these critical terms.
Although sunscreens may appear to offer equal sun protection benefits, not all sunscreens are alike. Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, avoid sprays, powers and bug repellents.
UVR Dangerous in Winter Months, too
Many otherwise sun protection savvy people don’t always consider the dangers of UVR during the winter months. And, as I sit looking out at the third day of a lingering snow storm with temperatures well below freezing, I can certainly understand this common misapprehension.
However, don’t be deceived. Studies show that [...]
There is some debate over whether nanoparticles pose a health risk. The concern is that these particles are so tiny they can penetrate skin pores or unbroken skin. This is a valid concern.
However, when looking only at zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, the two compounds commonly found in broad-spectrum sunscreens, and at the zinc oxide [...]
The one method of sun protection that I always feel uncomfortable writing about is sunscreen. Firstly, there are the endless ingredients that change, become more sophisticated and even more confusing. Then there is the application process. How much sunscreen to use? When to use it? Which parts of the body benefit the most?
It’s the middle of summer and you are trying to teach your children to protect themselves from the harm caused by UVR. The very best way to do this is by example. If parents use the methods of sun protection in SunAWARE children are more likely to do so. Children will usually use sun protection [...]
I hope that this was an accident, and not the result of tanning.
Sunburn is the skin’s acute and painful response to overexposure to the sun.
Sunburned cells under a microscope have the same appearance as cancer cells.
Sunburn is a form of phototrauma, or injury to the skin from overexposure to and absorption [...]