Sunscreen: Does it Work? Is it Safe?

Sunscreen: Does It Work? Is It Safe?

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Did you know that regular sunscreens are carcinogenic?

That’s right, the very substance we’re encouraged to slather all over ourselves in order to protect our body’s largest organ (the skin), is suspect of, at worst, causing and speeding the development of cancer and, at best, offering little real protection against skin cancer.

[A] wide range of public health agencies – including the FDA – have found very little evidence that sunscreen prevents most types of skin cancer.  [EWG: Sunscreens Exposed]

Want to know more? 

Tomorrow I’ll reveal our favorite sunscreen, used mainly for days at the beach or on other occasions when we’re out in the sun for long periods of time in the middle of the day.  Stay tuned!  

Here it is: My Favorite Sunscreens (and my large, floppy beach hat)

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  1. Kattie on 04/17/2013 at 12:02 pm

    I am so very glad to hear someone else looking at this. I am from AZ – intense sun – but I still don’t wear it often. I fair colored children and RARELY use sunscreen with the exception of beach and pool events. We use sun shirts. I have tried Dr. Mercola’s sunscreen and I like it but it does not work well by the pool. I look forward to hearing about your recommendations by the pool 🙂

  2. Kattie on 04/17/2013 at 8:47 pm

    One more thing – I found this and thought you would most definitely find it interesting –
    I have also asked my friend who teaches for med school to check the DB for some articles….

    • Kathleen on 04/18/2013 at 12:08 pm

      Yep, Katie, we’ve used coconut oil as sunscreen, too. Love that stuff!

    • Kathleen on 04/18/2013 at 12:09 pm

      My recommendations are now posted; hope it’s helpful! 🙂

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