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Pack a Safe, Effective Sunscreen: Watchdogs have raised concerns about certain chemicals widely used in sunscree...

Pack a Safe, Effective Sunscreen: Watchdogs have raised concerns about certain chemicals widely used in sunscree...

Unfortunately, health and environmental watchdogs, led by the Environmental Working Group, have been raising concerns for years that Food and Drug Administration regulation of sunscreens is inadequate. Many sunscreens are made with potentially hormone-mimicking chemicals like oxybenzone and chemicals with questionable health effects like retinyl palmitate (a form of Vitamin A ). And despite impressive SPF counts, not all sunscreens effectively block both UVB and UVA radiation, leaving your skin more vulnerable than you might think. While most sunscreens work to block UVB radiation, the cause of sunburn, many fail to protect against UVA radiation, which can penetrate skin and cause cellular damage that might lead to cancer. (Many people are also confused by the meaning of SPF , and fail to re-apply sunscreen often enough.)

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