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For the past couple of years, I’ve been following the debate about sunscreens and what is considered safe. As a native Floridian, I understand the importance of protecting your skin — year-round. The Dr. Oz Show did a great report recently on the differences between chemical and physical sunscreens.
Here’s the gist of the talk:
- Chemical sunscreens are absorbed by the skin.
- Chemical sunscreens contain endocrine disruptors, which some say are dangerous once inside the body.
- Physical sunscreens are not absorbed, they sit on top of the skin. They can be thick because they can’t be rubbed in.
- A physical sunscreen is one that contains Zinc or Titanum, or both.
- Both chemical and physical sunscreens protect from UVA and UVB rays.
Get the information directly from Dr. Oz and his guests by watching all three parts of this video (they are really short segments, worthy of the time) below:
- Dr. Oz Investigates: Is Your Sunscreen Poisonous? Part one.
- Dr. Oz Investigates: Is Your Sunscreen Poisonous?Part two.
- Dr. Oz Investigates: Is Your Sunscreen Poisonous?Part three.
And, here’s a great article from the New York Times that also talks about the differences between chemical and physical sunscreens: What to look for in a Sunscreen.Â Dr. Oz said he would be having his family use physical sunscreens, but one of the experts said she is happy if people just use sunscreen at all.
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