“If the only advice you’re saying to someone is to wear sunscreen and ignore the rest, that might be a little problematic,” says science journalist George Zaidan. In this episode of Clean Beauty School, beauty director Alexandra Engler and Zaidan discuss the many misconceptions we have about sunscreen, what your SPF labels truly mean, and how real user behavior throws a wrench into the works.
-Zaidan’s book, Ingredients: The Strange Chemistry of What We Put in Us and on Us.
-Australian study showing daily sunscreen use is associated with a lower risk of skin cancer.
-A report showing benzene contamination in a large number of sunscreens.
-A study showing SPF 100+ is more protective against burns than SPF 50+.
-Research stating nearly half of sunscreens in the U.S. don’t live up to their SPF numbers.
-FDA 2019 report requiring additional investigation for 12 common sunscreen ingredients.
-A study stating advertising intentional sun exposure represents a form of abuse.
-Product recommendations for Zaidan: Rahua’s Classic Conditioner, Odele’s Smoothing Conditioner, Osmia’s Rose Clay Facial Soap, Ethique’s Bliss Bar, and Oars + Alps Moisturizing Bar Soap.
-mbg article on the difference between physical and chemical sunscreens.
-mbg article on the difference between UVA and UVB rays.
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