Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sunscreen Kills!

Get ready to have your world rocked. According to this story on Huffpo today, the FDA has determined that not only are many sunscreens not as effective as advertised, but some have toxic properties that actually increase your chances of getting skin cancer. I don't know whether to be shocked or relieved, since I'm the kind of person who only applies the stuff after his skin has acquired a crispy red texture.

The fifth entry in the slide show of doom, entitled "Misleading SPF," says there is no evidence that higher SPF ratings guarantee increased protection. Furthermore...

...the average person uses only 20%-50% of the amount used to achieve the advertised SPF rating.
Uses only a percentage of the amount used? That should be "20% to 50% of the amount needed..."

In any case, I'm taking this advisory as a green light to ditch the smelly lotions and start rocking the Speedos. Even in the supermarket.