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With so many different sunscreens on the market, making the right choice is challenging.
Do you select the largest bottle with the cheapest price, the exotic high-priced tube, 50+ or weak 15+ UVA/B protection, or something in between? Are you looking for a sunscreen that offers a honey-bronzed and very desirable tan, or a sunscreen spray?
Hazard 1: It is well known that sunburns cause skin damage and premature aging and increase the risk of skin cancer. Speak to an aged sun worshipper for confirmation!
Hazard 2: The ultraviolet (UV) absorbing chemicals found in many sunscreens contain complex chemicals that have structural similarities to human hormones. UV filters belong to a family of chemicals called endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). These EDCs have the ability to block or mimic human hormone actions that can contribute to cancer, and affect sperm, reproductive hormones, the foetus, sex of children, metabolism (related to obesity and diabetes), and development of the child/adolescent.
UV absorbing chemicals are pollutants of emerging concern.
The good news is that you don’t have to choose between harmful UV radiation, and sunscreens that have the potential to cause harm.