The #1 reason to stay out of the sun

  • Richids Coulter

    There is a lot of evidence that shows a direct connection between the use of sunblock and skin cancer. The issue is the use of the hormone-disrupting chemical oxybenzone, which penetrates the skin and enters the bloodstream. Perhaps you’d be better off recommending people choose SPECIFIC types of SPF30 sunblock, like those recommended by the Environmental Working Group in their Sunscreen guide?

    EWG Sunscreen Hall of Shame

    There are a lot of sunscreens on the market: some good, some bad and then the shameful.

    Those in the last category are not only a waste of money and time but also potentially harmful. Here are our picks for products to banish from your beach bag.

    Spray sunscreens can be inhaled, and they don’t cover skin completely.
    SPF values above 50+ try to trick you into believing they’ll prevent sun damage. Don’t trust them. SPF protection tops out at 30 to 50.
    Oxybenzone can disrupt the hormone system.
    Retinyl palmitate may trigger damage, possibly cancer.