Before You Slather On The Sunscreen…

ca. 1910, USA --- Two women in swimwear enjoy a tandem bike ride down the beach with parasols in hand. --- Image by © Underwood & Underwood/Underwood & Underwood/Corbis

ca. 1910, USA — Two women in swimwear enjoy a tandem bike ride down the beach with parasols in hand. — Image by © Underwood & Underwood/Underwood & Underwood/Corbis

OK, sometime long ago we decided that sunscreen was THE way to guard against the damage of sun overexposure. Looks like it’s time to rethink that decision.

And we are! In LA, I routinely see people using umbrellas and parasols.

But that’s not the only alternative. Check out this link: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/natural-sunscreen-alternatives/

Hooked on sunscreen? I was, too. But every time I turn around there’s a different reason not to use sunscreen. It’s nutty.

Here’s a snapshot from my consumer POV:

  1. Sunscreen may prevent cancer in one way, but may contribute to cancer in another way.
  2. It blocks the skin from fully absorbing the vital nutrient Vitamin D. (Jury is still out on whether it blocks it at any significant level.)
  3. And now we know that oxybenzone (key ingredient in major sunscreen brands) is playing a big part in the destruction of coral reefs.
  4. More natural sunscreen brands are iffy. Some users report sunburns when using more natural brands. Plus, I can’t take the sticky, white residue.

But getting skin cancer is still bad, right? Yup! Seems like we need other sun protection besides sunscreen.

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