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Here Comes the Sun

June 17, 2010

By Jennifer Chaky

Oh the glorious sun! We can finally get out and soak up those rays and replenish that Vitamin D we’ve been lacking all winter. Now, it is good for us to spend small amounts of time (under 10 minutes) in the sun without sunblock in order to absorb these essential nutrients, but it is vital to use sunscreen and protective clothing and eyewear at all other times in order to prevent damage from UVA and UVB rays. That is not new news. We’ve known that for a long time, but now there are studies showing that the chemicals in these sunblocks are just as dangerous as the rays they were designed to protect us from -especially oxybenzone, an ingredient that in has been linked to cancer.

Now, it seems to me counter-productive to stave off cancer from the sun using chemicals that may also cause cancer. Thankfully there are some small, natural companies providing safe sun protection using mineral barriers as the effective ingredient. My favorite is Justin sunblock, which has zinc oxide as the protectant. It comes in Unscented Baby, or Yakima Mint  and it is super light and nongreasy. But I especially love that it is made locally in New Jersey!

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