For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, summer has just ended and most people will probably forget sunscreen for the next 9 months. This commenter, however, thinks we need to delete it from our lives altogether.
“SPF causes cancer,” the mystery person said. Now let’s ignore the fact that SPF is simply a measure of how effective a sunscreen protects the skin, and as such is simply nonsensical. Although to be fair, the original poster started it with the SPF talk.
No amount of “SPF” exists in the world to protect from the burn that was to follow however. The ignorance of the cancer claim was ruthlessly exposed in a wide-ranging and informative response, which basically brought the argument to a close with a standing ovation.
The post does open up an interesting debate however, because not all sunscreens are as safe as you might believe. While the “cause cancer” claim might be a little strong, some sunscreens contain chemicals that can irritate the skin, while others are misleading in their protection claims. So while some form of sun protection is certainly recommended, it’s definitely worth doing your research before you make a purchase!
Scroll down to check out the post for yourself and let us know what you think. Do you use sunscreen? Do you understand the concerns of those who choose not to? Do you believe that diet has a role to play in giving us a degree of natural protection? Join the debate!
This couple deeply regretted not wearing sunscreen on their holiday at the beach
But one person thought they should forget it for the rest of their lives
Little did they know, their very, very poor reasoning exposed them for a savage burn
Sunscreen ingredients must be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prior to release for sale in the US. Currently, 17 sunscreen ingredients are approved
Image credits: skincancer.org