Sunscreen: The Problem or the Solution?

Fall is here and the days are getting shorter – and therefore we’re getting less incidental exposure to sunlight. Think that’s good news for you and your skin? Think again.

In “the old days” (100 years ago) people worked predominantly outdoors, exposed to direct sunlight for more than eight hours a day without sunscreen. Skin cancer only effected 1% of the population back then, and the more sunlight they got, the healthier they were. Boy, have times changed. Today, we work predominately indoors and are so fearful of sunlight that we cake on loads of sunscreens to protect ourselves from skin cancer. Yet, more people have gotten skin cancer than ever before. It is the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer today.

New studies are showing that it may be what’s in the sunscreen that’s creating a problem for us.