Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Are you using the right sunscreen? This is interesting

FOUR IN FIVE SUNSCREENS DON'T ADEQUATELY PROTECT YOU FROM THE SUN:

--According to a consumer advocacy group called the Environmental Working Group, FOUR in FIVE brand-name sunscreens don't adequately protect you from the sun.

--Why? Because sunscreens are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration . . . and in order to pass government inspection, they're only required to block UVB rays from the sun (--which cause sunburns).

--But the sun releases another type of rays called UVA rays (--which cause tanning). UVA rays can be just as harmful as UVB rays, but since sunscreen producers aren't required to make a product that blocks both kinds of rays . . . most of them don't. (CNN)

(--And so you know, if you're going to be out in the sun, it's recommended you apply a sunscreen that's SPF 30, or higher, a full 30 minutes before you go out in the sun, and you should reapply every two hours . . . or after you go swimming or sweat.)

(--Check out a full list of the best and worst sunscreens here . . .)

http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/special/sunscreens2008/findyoursunscreen.php?&sunscreens=1&&atatime=500

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