Summer is here and the weather is hot!

I would like to say, the best protection from the sun’s radiation over time is a wide brimmed hat, sun protective clothing, staying in the shade, and of course your sunscreen. Recently there has been some controversy over some sunscreens containing benzene. Benzene is a known human carcinogen for at least a hundred years. A recent article in “Dermatology Times”, highlights a recent batch testing done by a pharmacy (Valisure), that found up to 78 different sunscreens and after sun care products contained benzene. This is startling to say the least. Attached (see below) is what Valisure has posted, Attachment A, table 5, product description of various batches of sunscreen for which benzene was not detected through initial tests, of at least one sample from each batch.

You can check on your own with the UPC (Universal Product Code), lot number and expiration date. I believe some sunscreens have already been recalled. Best to check yours at home or any recently purchased sunscreens, and check table 5.

Things to consider when purchasing a new sunscreen;

When you apply sunscreen and then go into the sun, your pores will dilate from the heat allowing the sunscreen chemicals to be absorbed into your skin and into your bloodstream.

Certain chemicals can cause issues later on in life. In addition, consider staying away from sprays and aerosol type sunscreens. The reason behind that is, you can breathe in those chemical/mineral particles getting into your lungs. I do not recommend any sunscreens that are in a spray or aerosol form.

I will list a few sunscreens that are over the counter that I like and are on table 5, from Valisure (see attachment below).

1) Person & Covey, Inc, (cream) Solar Zinc Oxide SPF 38

3) LaRoche-Posay Anthelios kids gentle sunscreen lotion for face and body

4) La Roche-Posay Anthelios melt in milk sunscreen lotion SPF 100

If you are looking for something more than just a basic sunscreen, look into the Daily Brightening UV Defense sunscreen SPF 30 by SkinCeuticals. This new SPF can hydrate, brighten and protect. It contains niacinamide, which helps reduce the appearance of discoloration. Also, it contains mica, which gives the skin an instant glow.

One of my other favorites is the Physical Fusion UV Defense sunscreen SPF 50 by SkinCeuticals, which is a tinted, 100% mineral filtered liquid. It’s very light, leaving a luxurious silky texture to your skin. Side note: If your skin is dark, fitzpatrick scale 5-6, it may make your skin look a little chalky.

All said and done, we recommend you do some research on your skincare products. Taking care of your skin is very important.