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Sunscreen Gadget Shows Where You Missed a Spot

Sunscreenr is portable gizmo aimed at curbing skin cancer

(Newser) - By the time you realized you missed a spot with the sunscreen, the damage is usually already done. And, per the American Cancer Society , exposure to the sun's UV rays is the leading cause of skin cancer, including deadly melanoma. So when it comes to applying sunscreen, you want... More »

Consumers: We Were Burned by Jessica Alba's Sunscreen

'Honest Company' gets some searing complaints

(Newser) - The Honest Company founded by Jessica Alba has become a $1 billion business selling all-natural products, but some customers say the firm is being less than honest about its sunscreen's ability to protect people from the sun. Many customers have taken to social media to complain that the "... More »

Your Sunscreen Probably Doesn't Work

80% offer 'inferior protection' or contain harmful ingredients: report

(Newser) - Surprisingly few Americans lather on sunscreen while enjoying the sunshine (a recent study found just 14% of men and 30% of women regularly put it on before going in the sun for more than an hour), but what's even more concerning is that those who do probably aren't... More »

Warning to Guys: Sunscreen May Be Tied to Fertility Trouble

But scientists aren't saying you should ditch it

(Newser) - In the latest study proving everything in the world is dangerous, researchers are warning about a possible link between sunscreen and male fertility problems. The scientists investigated urine-sample data from 500 couples trying to have kids. They found that among couples taking the longest time to conceive, male partners had... More »

Surgeon General: Quit Tanning Now

Country's top doctor says skin cancer is 'major public health problem'

(Newser) - Your doctor, your mom, and your shade-obsessed friends have probably all told you already about the dangers of suntanning—and now the surgeon general is jumping on the anti-bronzing bandwagon for the first time. Boris Lushniak today called skin cancer a “major public health problem,” and pointed a... More »

US Might Finally Improve Your Sunscreen

Congress pushing bill that would speed up FDA backlog on ingredients

(Newser) - The US is way behind other countries when it comes to sunscreen, thanks to a backlog at the FDA, reports Time . For more than a decade, key ingredients used all over the world have been held up in the US waiting for government approval. Even 2002 legislation aimed at speeding... More »

Hugh Jackman Reveals Skin Cancer Scare

He posts photo of bandaged nose, urges sunscreen

(Newser) - Hugh Jackman has just become a walking PSA for sunscreen. The Wolverine star posted a photo of himself on Instagram with a bandaged nose and this caption, reports E! Online : "Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy, was she right! I had a (basal) cell... More »

Sunscreen Recalled ... Because People Catch on Fire

Banana Boat has five reports of people who got too near a flame

(Newser) - The maker of Banana Boat sunscreen is recalling a half-million bottles of spray-on lotion after reports that a handful of people have caught on fire after applying the product and coming in contact with open flames. Energizer Holdings, based in St. Louis, said it is pulling 23 varieties of UltraMist... More »

Many Schools, Camps Ban ... Sunscreen

Because it's an over-the-counter drug

(Newser) - This week, a Washington state mom made headlines when she blogged about her kids' terrible sunburns after school; the girls hadn't been offered sunscreen during a field trip. Turns out that anti-sunscreen policies are everywhere, USA Today reports. That's in large part because of regulations barring children from... More »

Sunscreen Pill In the Works

Coral yields compound that prevents UV damage

(Newser) - Coral from Australia's Great Barrier Reef has yielded a compound that could put a lot of sunscreen makers out of business. Researchers discovered that algae living in the coral created a compound that acts as a sunscreen to protect both the algae and the coral from the sun's... More »

In US, Skin Cancer More Common on Left Side

Driving is likely to blame, say researchers

(Newser) - Before you roll your car windows and set out on a summer road cruise, consider this: People in the US are more likely to get skin cancer on their left side, perhaps because of driving, new research shows. While driving, the left arm gets more UV. In cases where skin... More »

FDA Bans the Term 'Sunblock'

Sunscreen can't call itself 'waterproof' anymore, either

(Newser) - You’ll never put on sunblock again. The FDA rolled out its long-awaited changes for sunscreen labels today, banning the word “sunblock” along with the terms “waterproof” and “sweat-proof.” From now on sunscreen can only boast that it’s “water-resistant” and specify whether users should... More »

Sunscreen May Promote Skin Cancer Growth

Because many products contain vitamin A

(Newser) - Sunscreen may not be the great protector it's cracked up to be: A study of 500 of the most popular sunscreen products found that nearly half may actually promote the growth of skin cancer. That's because they contain some form of vitamin A, which may accelerate the rate at which... More »

French Resort Seeks Sun Lotion Appliers

Get $1,160 a week to apply sunscreen to attractive strangers

(Newser) - If you're young, good-looking, and speak French, you might qualify for ultimate summer job: strolling the beaches of France with samples of sunscreen, offering to rub the product into the shoulders of attractive sunbathers. And then there's the pay: $1,160 a week. The gig, being offered by a French... More »

Txting Sunscreen Rmnders Werx :)

Digital prodding pays off with increased usage: researchers

(Newser) - Just 20% of adults use sunscreen regularly, a distressing number for skin cancer specialists. But far more can receive text messages, and people who receive a daily text message instructing them to slap on the Coppertone are surprisingly likely to pay attention. More than half followed through when they received... More »

A Guide to SPFs, From 4 to 233

Honestly, is 100+ really necessary?

(Newser) - The development of SPF 100+ sunscreen has led to confusion for some consumers—or at least that's Zev Borow's excuse for a tongue-in-cheek guide to the wide world of sun protection, in the New Yorker:
  • SPF 4: “You’re joking, right? This is some kind of joke? 4? We
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Sunscreen-Slathered Americans Lack Vitamin D

75% of teens, adults found to be short of 'sunshine' nutrient

(Newser) - Three-quarters of adults and teens in the US aren't getting enough vitamin D, according to a new study. The report suggests increased use of sunscreen has contributed to a steep rise in deficiency of the vitamin, which is mainly absorbed through sunshine. African Americans are particularly at risk because the... More »

Hippo Sweat Key to Phat Sunscreen

Researchers aim to harness properties of hippo secretions for human use

(Newser) - Scientists puzzling over how hippos can loll around in the sun all day without getting burned believe they may have hit upon the next big thing in sunscreen, Discovery News reports. The animals secrete a substance that protects them from burns by scattering light. Researchers hope to someday recreate the... More »

Many Sunscreens Don't Work

An environmental research group says most sunscreens don't protect adequately

(Newser) - That sunscreen you slather on this holiday weekend may be worthless at protecting you from sun damage, an environmental research group claims, and may contain unsafe chemicals. Of 900 sunscreens tested, only 15% met the group's criteria for safety and effectiveness by providing broad-spectrum protection (from both UVA and UVB... More »

Summer Tips for Greener Kids

Going outside would be a good first step

(Newser) - Summer is the perfect season to turn your rugrats into ecomaniacs, as warm weather and school vacations collide. Grist lists some basic steps to green up your family’s summer:
  1. Get outside: The best way to commune with nature is to experience it first-hand, but the time kids spend outdoors
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