Monday, April 20, 2009

Sunscreen Ingredients Causing More Damage Than They Prevent?

I was visting the folks this weekend and caught up on my stack of magazines I never have time to read. Good thing I didn't have internet access, because I freaked out when I read the article below in Allure Magazine about the damaging effects of the most used ingredients for sunscreen. There is a study which shows that these ingredients actually increase the number of free radicals in your body as they break down.

I had a hard enough time finding sunscreens without these nasty chemicals. Now, I have to worry about free radicals causing damage. Aaaagh! Read and decide for yourself.

Allure Article

SNIP: When sunscreen is slathered on the skin, molecules in the sunscreen — the UV filters — cut down on the amount of radiation that can penetrate the skin. But according to this UC Riverside study, helmed by lead author Kerry Hanson, three commonly used, FDA approved sunscreen filters —
octyl methoxycinnamate, octocrylene, and benzophenone-3, which is also known as oxybenzone — can boost the number of free radicals over time when they break down and are absorbed into the skin.


  1. I find this really alarming since I thought I was being so proactive in slathering my pale skin with sunscreen at every opportunity, all year long. D:

  2. I'm still on the lookout for a mineral sunscreen that doesn't make my skin white. Sigh.