Choosing Safe Sunscreens

When it comes to safe sunscreens, we certainly have a lot of sunscreen on the market to choose from. How can we be sure we are choosing one that is safe?

You should read the label ingredients to find a safe sunscreen.

On the page, Sunscreen Facts, there's a list of questionable chemicals found in many sunscreens.

Let's look at just one that is, by no means, an ingredient in any sunscreen that is considered to be safe.

It's called Propylene Glycol, an industrial antifreeze and is a major ingredient in hydraulic and brake fluid.

The Material Safety Data Sheet warns users to avoid skin contact with propylene glycol as this strong skin irritant can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage. *Ref:

If your pet dog or cat drinks one lick, it can be fatal.

Sound like something you want to rub on your skin? As for me, the answer is no!

On the Sunscreen Facts page there is also a list of good ingredients we should look for in a sunscreen.

The good ingredients sound a bit more refreshing.

Some say sunscreen causes cancer

Is there really a danger?

The following video by Dr. Edward Gorham M.P.H., Ph.D of the University of California, San Diego shows us facts about sunscreens contrary to what we all have been led to believe!

This is a 45 minute video, so if you don't have the time I'll outline some of the key points just below.

But do come back when you have the time, as this is a real eye opener for anyone concerned about your health, skin cancer and choosing the best sunscreen for you.

If you didn't have time to watch the video about sunscreen facts causing a dilemma, then here are some highlights.

• Skin Cancer (melanoma) - is most common where there is little sunshine and people live indoors

• UVB Blocking - the use of large amounts of UVB blocking sunscreens causes high rates of melanoma

• Sunlight - the most important source of vitamin D is sunlight and vitamin D inhibits the growth of melanoma by 60%

• UVA Light - deep penetrating UVA light is the main cause of malignant melanoma

• Chemical Filters - most chemical filters in sunscreens absorb UVB but not UVA so they do more harm than good by reducing vitamin D and increasing the cancer risk


A safe sunscreen does the following:

• Block UVA exposure to reduce melanoma risk...

• Maximize UVB, without burning, to maximize vitamin D

So you have the answer to the question, how does sunscreen work?

Again, sunscreens that are safe  block UVA to reduce the risk of melanoma and they maximize your exposure to the UVB rays, yet without burning.

This maximizes vitamin D.

Links related to Safe Sunscreens:

Sunscreen Facts
Best Sunscreen

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Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick

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The Weather Channel has done well posting this information and photos to help you spot skin cancer, including melanoma.
It can be hard to spot, even for a professional.
The bottom line is to get an expert's opinion about any suspicious mole or lesion on your skin. If necessary, get a second opinion  and/or request a biopsy. it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

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