Summer is nearly here and the temps are warming up. Take a moment to protect yourself from the sun. Recent warnings about sunscreen entering your bloodstream have surfaced. Let’s take a closer look so that we all stay healthier.
1. First off, the benefits of wearing sunscreen far outweigh the risks. So, don’t go without. (More than 200,000 cases of melanoma are diagnosed each year here in the US.)
2. Four active ingredients common in sunscreens – avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene and ecamsule – enter the bloodstream at levels that far exceed the FDA's recommended threshold without a government safety inspection.
3. What should you do? Experts say to avoid sunscreens which contain oxybenzone in particular. More than 2/3rds of non-mineral sunscreens contain this ingredient.
.....and check the ingredients on your sunscreen.
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