Seasons in the Sun

I am sure everyone is aware of the dangers of exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.  I trust the EWG’s (Environmental Working Group) reviews on the chemicals that are in make-up and skin products that we use daily. They have put out their 2017 report on the best sunscreens.

(see this link for the full article: http://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/executive-summary/)

Their analysis was quite eye-opening. They reviewed over 750 Beach and Sport Sunscreens,

Almost three-fourths of the products we examined offer inferior sun protection or contain worrisome ingredients like oxybenzone, a hormone disruptor, or retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A that may harm skin. And despite scant evidence, the government still allows most sunscreens to claim they help prevent skin cancer.”

 

To read more about harmful effects of Vitamin A in sunscreens:

http://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/the-problem-with-vitamin-a/

To read more about the chemical oxybenzone:

http://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/the-trouble-with-sunscreen-chemicals/

 

Check the EWG’s list of products that meet their criteria: http://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/best-sunscreens/best-beach-sport-sunscreens/

The EWG website also has a list of Best and Worst Scoring Kid’s Sunscreens and also the Best Moisturizers with SPF.

I think the most enlightening part of their findings was that they tell you not to depend on sunscreen alone. Shade and clothing offer much better skin protection. Sunscreen should be your last resort. Top things to remember:

  • Cover up!

  • Plan around the sun, best times of the day are early morning and late afternoon

  • Don’t get burned

  • Wear sunglasses

  • Find shade, under trees or awnings

  • Bring shade, umbrellas, tents

So are you ready for fun in the summer sun?

Reach for your sunscreen tube to see what the ingredients are!


Written by Keri, your friendly Coordinator of Patient Services!

Are Your Fruits and Vegetables Clean? Check the EWG!

The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15

The Environmental Worker’s Group has a website, www.ewg.org. Their slogan is, “Know Your Environment, Protect Your Health”.

EWG.org is an enlightening website that helps shoppers make informed choices when it comes to selecting the produce they buy as well as learn more about identifying toxins in their environment and skin products. There is a section of their website called “Skin Deep” where you can type in the name of the skin/hair products that you use and it rates the product by its ingredients. Some of my daily products that I thought were safe, are not. (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/)

 On the website, there is a list of the “dirty dozen” and “clean 15”. The dirty dozen, according to EWG.org refers to the vegetables and fruits that are contaminated with the most pesticides and the clean are the ones that are the least contaminated. This website is great for shoppers because it gives simple guides on how to go about shopping for clean fruits and vegetables in order to eliminate toxins in our body and maintain a healthy life.

Why is this important?
The information available on EWG.org is very important for all. This is because pesticides have very serious effects on human health. Some of the health problems that arise due to heavy ingestion of pesticides over time include: brain toxicity, hormone disruption and various forms of cancer. While this is great information, there are still a number of people who have not decided to go for organic foods. This is probably because organic foods are quite expensive compared to their counterparts. I have started to buy organic when I can because I know that even the small attempts to modify our behaviors have big effects on the pesticides and other chemicals building up in our bodies.

Here is the list of the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15” from the EWG:

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The EWG.org is a great site if you are looking for information that will help you to make an informed decision when purchasing food items and other skin and cleaning products that we use daily. 


Blog written by: Keri Pimentel

Keri is the Coordinator of Patient Services for La Mer.