Lebanon Reporter

Features

June 19, 2013

Are sunscreen chemicals something to worry about?

(Continued)

Still, these studies have led some people to choose physical sunscreens over chemical ones.

"I have a tendency to opt for the natural stuff, the physical sunscreens," Friedman says, "but overall, the positives outweigh the negatives for all sunscreens" by reducing skin cancer and aging risks.

In addition, the negatives aren't limited to chemical sunscreens. The titanium dioxide in many physical sunscreens also degrades in light and can generate free radicals in the skin.

What's the best way to avoid the negatives? According to Hanson, the key is to use sunscreen properly, so it doesn't degrade in the sunlight.

"It all comes back to the need to reapply," she says. Most sunbathers don't reapply their sunscreen, or they apply it too infrequently. Hanson urges anyone venturing into the sunshine to follow the Skin Cancer Foundation's guidelines, which call for one ounce (about two tablespoons) of sunscreen for an adult's entire body, reapplied every two to three hours. The reapplications replace light-degraded sunscreen, preventing some of the free radical formation and more consistently protecting the skin, Hanson says.

Both the Skin Cancer Foundation and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that babies younger than 6 months of age be kept out of the sun and receive only very small amounts of sunscreen when sun exposure can't be avoided. They say that infants' skin is more likely to absorb or react to the ingredients in sunscreens.

When shopping for sunscreen, Hanson suggests seeking out brands that contain antioxidants such as Vitamin E (often listed as Vitamin E acetate) or Vitamin C (often listed as sodium ascorbyl phosphate), which are added to many physical and chemical sunscreen formulations to counteract free radical formation.

"Look for sunscreens that have antioxidants highest up on the list of ingredients," she says, "as that means they have a higher antioxidant content."

Text Only
Features

Featured items
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Obama: World Is Appalled by Murder of Journalist Israel, Militants Trade Fire After Talks Fail Pres. George W. Bush Takes Ice Bucket Challenge Pierce Brosnan's Call to Join the Expendables Changes Coming to No-Fly List Raw: IDF Footage Said to Show Airstrikes Police: Ferguson More Peaceful Raw: Aftermath of Airstrike in Gaza Raw: Thousands March on Pakistani Parliament Raw: World's Oldest Man Lives in Japan Fire Crews Tame Yosemite Fire Raw: Police Weapon Drawn Near Protesters, Media Raw: Explosions in Gaza As Airstrikes Resume Charter Schools Alter Post-Katrina Landscape Texas Gov. Perry: Indictment 'a Political Act' US Officials: Video Shows American's Beheading Video Shows Ferguson Cop Months Before Shooting Water Bottles Recalled for Safety Researcher Testing On-Field Concussion Scanners
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide