Friday, February 13, 2009

Is Sun Screen Damaging Your Skin?

Could slathering that SPF all over your skin actually be doing more harm than good? “A small but impossible-to-ignore study, published in Free Radical Biology & Medicine, has suggested that while sunscreen prevents free-radical damage to the skin from the sun, it also might cause damage. According to this 2006 study from the University of California, Riverside, certain sunscreen ingredients may cause more free radicals to form than no sunscreen at all. If the findings are confirmed, the implications will be enormous — and sobering, given that women have been told for decades that regular sunscreen use is one of the best ways to minimize aging and the risk of skin cancer.”
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