Victoria Worth of Ashfield, MA writes:
There is a good article in the New York Times about sunscreens. Below is the beginning of the piece and HERE is the link to the whole article.
“Americans dutifully slather on sunscreens every summer, hoping to stave off aging, wrinkles and cancer. But with each passing season, more questions are raised about whether the labeling and safety guidelines for sunscreens, created in 1978, are adequate or misleading. The Food and Drug Administration, meanwhile, has been criticized for failing to approve new ingredients that are available in Europe.
“Research is also questioning the safety of certain ingredients that have been widely used for years. Just recently, Senator Charles Schumer of New York called on the Food and Drug Administration to investigate reports suggesting a possible link between skin cancer and retinyl palmitate, now found in many sunscreen products.
“What should the F.D.A. do about sunscreens? And what do consumers need to keep in mind even if they cover themselves with a SPF 70 sunblock?”
HOMEMADE SUN BLOCK
Want to try making your own sun block? Local herbalist Tony(a) Lemos of Blazing Star Herbal School shares the following recipe.:
Sun Block Recipe
- 1/2 c. St Johns Wort Infused oil
- 1/2 cup unrefined sesame oil
- 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 Tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
- 2 Tbsp Orange or rose or lavender water
- 50,0000 IU’s Vitamin E Oil
- 2 Tbsp. Coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp. borax powder
- 1 tbsp. unrefined avocado oil
- 1 tbsp. unrefined jojoba oil