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After Skin Cancer Diagnosis, Christie Brinkley Has a Warning

Wear your sunscreen, she advises

(Newser) - Christie Brinkley is the latest celebrity to implore followers to wear their sunscreen. The supermodel, 70, shared on Instagram Wednesday that she was recently diagnosed with, and successfully treated for, skin cancer—and she shared images of the procedure that TMZ warns are "not for the faint of heart....

Some Think It's High Time to Improve US Sunscreen

AOC is among those trying to nudge Congress and the FDA

(Newser) - Nearly a decade ago, Congress got interested in improving the quality of sunscreen in the US, which is generally considered sub-par when compared to products offered elsewhere in the world. The result in 2023: Not much has happened. Now the interest is percolating again, as evidenced in an Instagram video...

Johnson & Johnson Sunscreen Recall Affects 5 Products

Consumers advised to stop using these Neutrogena, Aveeno aerosol sunscreens

(Newser) - Check your sunscreen bottles: Johnson & Johnson is recalling five of its products due to the presence of benzene, a chemical known to cause cancer. The voluntary recall affects all can sizes and SPF levels of Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen plus four Neutrogena sunscreens: Beach Defense aerosol sunscreen,...

Nation's Sunscreen Ban Is Global Environmental First

Palau moves to protect coral reefs and marine life from chemicals

(Newser) - The island nation of Palau marked an environmental first Wednesday when its ban on most sunscreens took effect. Products with any of 10 ingredients found to be harmful to the environment can no longer be used or sold in Palau, the BBC reports. The western Pacific nation's coral reefs...

Sunscreen Chemicals Enter Your Bloodstream Quickly
Sunscreen Chemicals Enter
Your Bloodstream Quickly
in case you missed it

Sunscreen Chemicals Enter Your Bloodstream Quickly

Researchers emphasize people should keep using it, but further study is coming

(Newser) - The chemicals that make sunscreen effective have another quality that may not be so great: They leach into the bloodstream quickly, in a matter of hours, according to a new government study in JAMA . FDA researchers emphasize that they want people to continue using sunscreen, but the study hit thresholds...

Key West Bans Sale of Certain Sunscreens

Hawaii also restricts products with certain chemicals

(Newser) - Wear sunscreen, sure, but not just any kind—especially when you're in the Florida Keys. Key West lawmakers voted 6-1 Tuesday to ban the sale of sunscreens with oxybenzone and octinoxate, the New York Times reports. Studies have shown that the chemicals are damaging to coral reefs. "Our...

A Provocative View: We're Overdoing It on Sunscreen

Writer for 'Outside' makes the case that the sun isn't as evil as we think

(Newser) - The advice is ever-present and official: Slather on the sunscreen and keep evil, cancer-causing rays of the sun away from your body at all times. But in a piece at Outside , Rowan Jacobsen presents a provocative counterpoint. Rounding up research from a "rogue band of researchers," he makes...

'First-in-the-World Law' Could Affect Your Hawaiian Vacation

Proposed ban on certain sunscreens aims to protect state's coral reefs

(Newser) - Hawaii looks poised to become a world leader in the fight to protect coral reefs with a move that could leave sunscreen brands feeling the heat. A bill banning non-prescription sunscreens containing two chemicals believed to cause coral bleaching easily passed Hawaii's legislature Tuesday—there were just four votes...

Iowa Sues Over 'Drinkable Sunscreen'
Iowa Sues
Over 'Drinkable

Iowa Sues Over 'Drinkable Sunscreen'

Osmosis claims its product is equivalent to SPF 30

(Newser) - The state of Iowa thinks a company's claim that people can protect themselves by drinking sunscreen is a bunch of hooey. In a consumer fraud lawsuit filed in Polk County District Court, Attorney General Tom Miller argues that Colorado-based company Osmosis has been selling what it claims is the...

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...

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 "...

Your Sunscreen Probably Doesn't Work
 Your Sunscreen 
 Probably Doesn't Work 

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Many Schools, Camps Ban ... Sunscreen

 Many Schools, 
 Camps Ban 
 ... Sunscreen 

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...

Sunscreen Pill In the Works
 Sunscreen Pill In the Works 

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...

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...

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