Check Your Sunscreens
7/28/2015 9:55 AM
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released their 2015 guide to sunscreen and their results were shocking to even us! The EWG found harmful chemicals and preservatives in several of the most popular sunscreens on the market today including an ingredient called "oxybenzone." It is used in sunscreen as a "broad-sprectrum UVB and short-wave UVA protector" and causes hormonal changes (aka an endocrine disruptor).
"Endocrine disruptors like oxybenzone interfere with the hormone system, potentially causing cancer, birth defects and developmental disorders. A 2008 study looking at the effects of oxybenzone on juvenile rainbow trout and Japanese medaka found that those samples exposed to the ketone produced a decreased number of eggs, a smaller percentage of fertilized eggs and a smaller percentage of hatched, or viable, eggs."
Another alarming ingredient the EWG found in popular sunscreens is called Retinyl palmitate which is a form of vitamin A used in sunscreens and has been found to accelerate cancer in high doses applied to the skin. While "the evidence is not definite, says EWG, it is troubling. A U.S. government study found that it 'may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions when applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight.'" (Information according to http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2015
Check your sunscreens for these ingredients today or come by the office and let us check them! Again, any sunscreen is probably better than none but we have MULTIPLE SAFE SUNSCREENS right here in the office to purchase for you and your loved ones. We want to make sure you are covered for the Fourth of July and for everyday life.