32. SUNSCREENS TO AVOID: Chemical Sun Protection
Finally, EWG recommends that you skip the chemical sun protection. According to Dr. Matthew Miller, a dermatologist in Greenville, SC, “Some chemical sunscreens could interfere with the normal function of hormones.” In fact, 80 percent of chemical sunscreens contain oxybenzone, which gets into the bloodstream, may cause allergic reactions and can mimic estrogen in the body. Instead, put on a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, a long-sleeved shirt and pants, or opt for the EWG’s top-rated products: sunscreens containing zinc and/or titanium. “These minerals are physical blocks that sit on the surface of the skin, preventing UV light from penetrating it,” explains Miller.
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