In particular the EWG says avoid products containing oxybenzone and
vitamin A. Oxybenzone is a concern because it penetrates the skin, is
associated with allergic reactions, and is a potential hormone
disruptor. Retinyl palmitate is a form of vitamin A that may not be safe
when exposed to sunlight. EWG recommends choosing products with one of
these ingredients instead: zinc, titanium dioxide, avobenzone, or
Remember doctors especially doctors who preach preventive healthcare
are saying that it's important to get some sun every day for
vitamin D. Some
say it's only necessary to get 10 minutes a day depending on your skin
tone, and the time of the year. So assume if you are starting to burn
you are outside too long in the sun, and prepare appropriately. The best
sunscreen is always going to be clothing. Wear a hat, and stay in the
shade as much as possible during the summer.
There were some interesting things the EWG site also pointed out about
The Food and Drug Administration’s 2007 draft sunscreen safety
regulations say: “FDA is not aware of data demonstrating that sunscreen
use alone helps prevent skin cancer” (FDA 2007). The International
Agency for Research on Cancer agrees. IARC recommends clothing, hats and
shade as primary barriers to UV radiation and writes that “sunscreens
should not be the first choice for skin cancer prevention and should not
be used as the sole agent for protection against the sun” (IARC 2001a).
Read more from their site.
Some researchers have detected an increased risk of melanoma among
sunscreen users. No one knows the cause, but scientists speculate that
sunscreen users stay out in the sun longer and absorb more radiation
overall, or that free radicals released as sunscreen chemicals break
down in sunlight may play a role.
In 2007 the FDA published draft regulations that would prohibit
companies from labeling sunscreens with an SPF (sun protection factor)
higher than “SPF 50+.” The agency wrote that higher values were
“inherently misleading,” given that “there is no assurance that the
specific values themselves are in fact truthful…” (FDA 2007). Scientists
are also worried that high-SPF products may tempt people to stay in the
sun too long, suppressing sunburns (a late, key warning of overexposure)
while upping the risks of other kinds of skin damage.
Adding to the confusion is the fact that sunshine serves a critical
function in the body that sunscreen appears to inhibit — production of
vitamin D. The main source of vitamin D in the body is sunshine, and the
compound is enormously important to health – it strengthens bones and
the immune system, reduces the risk of various cancers (including
breast, colon, kidney, and ovarian cancers) and regulates at least 1,000
different genes governing virtually every tissue in the body (Mead
more from their site
Astaxanthin - According to Doctor Mercola astaxanthin is great for
the skin protecting us from sun damage, and says studies show it may
actually reduce wrinkles.
The complete title of the book is "Never Quit The
Back to Basics Fitness Guide ". It takes you through the four major
categories or steps to a healthier and happier you. It's not a short
term gimmicky program that we see a lot of these days.