The Sunscreen Squad

Nanoparticle Zinc Sunscreens.. BEST!

Posted in beauty, nano sunscreen, nano zinc, nanotechnology, Skin care, Sun care, sunscreen by sunscreensquad on October 28, 2009

Has anyone heard doom-and-gloom stories about the potential health dangers of teeny nano particles in their sunscreen? Well I have been concerned about that too so have been keeping my eye on a study by Environmental Working Group. Their latest report says that they expected to find some nasty issues with sunscreens containing nano ingredients BUT.. they actually find that nano products are much safer than any other sunscreen, and in fact they recommend sunscreens containing nano ingredients. As well as containing less harmful ingredients, they give 20% more protection from UVA than any other sunscreen.



UVA Rays: No Longer in the Shade.

Posted in sunscreen by sunscreensquad on August 4, 2008

UVA and UVB: How they affect our skin.

Image from Ultra Violet Devices Inc. Website -

UVA are long reaching rays which are not absorbed by the ozone layer. Exposure to UVA radiation can contribute to premature skin aging and eye damage. UVA rays penetrate water, fog and clouds, so don’t be fooled by thinking you are safe from sun damage on a cloudy day! UVA rays can also penetrate glass. Take a look at the following pictures from a study on the La Roche Posay, Anthelios website. This teacher was facing her class so that the sun was shining through the window onto the left side of her face. UVA rays were penetrating the glass and damaging her skin. Look at the difference between each side of her face after 30 years!

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Recent proposals for changes to sunscreen testing and labeling in the US will hopefully give UVA radiation the recognition it deserves.

Left: proposal for new sunscreen labeling taken from the US Food and Drug Administration website. Read more about it here:

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