Battling the Day-Star

Last week, the FDA issued several new rules for sunscreen labels. These rules, which go into effect in 2012, hope to clear up confusion about SPF and better protect consumers from the sun’s damaging rays. The new rules will also prevent sunscreen manufacturers from using misleading terms such as “sunblock” and “waterproof” on their products.

This is all great.  But the new rules won’t go into effect until next year.  Plus, some believe that there could be serious adverse health effects from the ingredients in sunscreens.  According to Consumer Reports,

Almost every tested sunscreen contains some ingredients associated with adverse health effects in animal studies. Oxybenzone and other endocrine disruptors may interfere with hormones in the body, and nanoscale zinc and titanium oxides are linked to problems such as potential reproductive and developmental effects.

Retinyl palmitate (look for it among inactive ingredients), a type of topical vitamin A, is an antioxidant that animal studies have linked to an increased risk of skin cancers. In skin, it converts readily to retinoids, associated with a risk of birth defects in people using acne medications containing them. As a precaution, pregnant women may want to avoid sunscreens with retinyl palmitate. []

More research is needed, but as of now, the proven benefits of sunscreen outweigh any potential risks.

This is all so confusing.  You should heed the advice of the NYT — “The best advice to prevent UV damage is to stay out of the midday sun altogether and to cover up with clothing, a hat and umbrella during the rest of the day even if it is cloudy. Clouds do not block damaging rays.”

Coincidentally,  I recently received a black Scala Collezione sunhat with sun protection of UPF 50.  Kismet!  If you have to go out in the daylight, this hat will serve you well.

Sunhat gifted by Scala Collezione; hat stand from my grandmother's house

I tried to incorporate some white into my outfit to match the hat.   I’m in the middle of altering this E.C. Star black lace dress.  I changed the neck line to get rid of a string tie, and I would eventually like to switch the outer white edging from white to black, but I’m not sure if this is even possible.

The half moons on the nails matched the rick-rack trim on the hat perfectly. Yay!

~ by siouxsielaw on June 24, 2011.

11 Responses to “Battling the Day-Star”

  1. Very pretty outfit! I hate sunscreen (it makes me break out), so I try to wear a hat or carry a parasol if I’m going to be out during the day. I just bought an antique Victorian parasol – I’m hoping to restore it enough to actually carry it every day.

  2. Ugh, why must sunscreen be so creepy yet so necessary to my life. I have been limiting myself to only mineral-based sunscreens because titanium and zinc oxide are far more safe than the chemical kind. However, I am both extremely pale and have a family history of skin cancer so I feel that a parasol is not, alone, sufficient. I do have a pretty great collection of parasols though. I buy them from Chinese shops on e-bay which are cheap, pretty, and usually have extra UV-protective coating as China has yet to embrace the cult of tanning. My current favorite is this one:

    I love your nail polish and hat matching. The whole outfit is beautiful.

    • I keep trying to find a safe sunscreen, but they still have a ton of chemicals that I don’t know much about. If you have a mineral based one that you recommend, let me know.
      That parasol is gorgeous, by the way. I hadn’t thought to look on ebay. Good to know.
      And thanks so much!

  3. I had no idea that sunscreen was so bad. Great nails and outfit.

  4. I’ve heard that there’s powdered sunscreen. I wonder if that would be less chemically-laden?

  5. You just gave me a great excuse to stay indoors at all times. ;-D

    Oh, how I love your dress!!! I think the white trim around the collar looks lovely. For the half-moons on your nails, did you just go over the black with arcs of white polish?

    As for powdered sunscreen, I know you can order powdered zinc oxide from some places that sell supplies for natural cosmetics (I’ve gotten it from New Directions Aromatics). I add it to my mineral makeup and sometimes to lotion.

  6. I love the dress with the hat, and I hope you don’t change the white trim, because I think it is stunning as is.

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