Sunscreens May Be Harmful

Sunscreens May Be HarmfulA recent study has found that sunscreen may be doing more harm than good. It is used by people around the world to protect their skin form the sun's harmful UV rays. The study was done by the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG). It pointed out that most of these may be containing dangerous chemicals that may accelerate the growth of skin tumors.

But some experts claim that the study is based on mice, which are at an increased risk of cancer compared to human beings.

The report also stressed that sunscreens tended to provide people a false sense of security. People generally spend more time outdoors after applying sunscreens. Experts feel that in order to make sunscreens more effective people need to apply them liberally and more often. US FDA recommends a one-ounce-sized dose for head-to-toe protection. It is also important to reapply it every two hours as it can wear off due to sweating, rubbing and swimming.

Health experts also point out that consumers should look for sunscreen products labeled "broad-spectrum," "wide-spectrum" or "UVA/UVB protection". It is also advisable to use hats, caps, cover-ups and sunglasses. It is also recommended that people should try to avoid going out between 10 a. m. and 4 p. m. when the sun rays are at their strongest.

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