Rauch, Molly
July 2005
Mothering;Jul/Aug2005, Issue 131, p26
The article discusses various uses of sunscreen. Sunscreens protect skin from carcinogenic ultraviolet rays. If goal is to stave off skin cancer, the most common cancer in the U.S., apply sunscreen on exposed skin at least 20 minutes before going out in the sun, and reapply--even waterproof formulas--after swimming, perspiring, or toweling off. Benzophenone, octyl-methoxycinnamate (aka octinoxate), and homosalate interfere with the endocrine systems of laboratory rats. It is unclear whether they have an effect on human hormones.


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