Seems like I can’t go more than a few weeks without the news telling me something I own, wear, eat or look at is causing cancer. I’ll admit this is something close to my heart, having lost my aunt to cancer. Her death made me re-evaluate my life choices and prompted me to eat healthier and organically. Now that my digestive system is in check, there’s still one thing I’ve been irresponsible about and that’s my skin.
Being a native of Florida and growing up close to beaches for 21 years, you would think I’d be the person to give advice on the best sunscreens. The truth is that I spent most of high school laying out on the beach with my friends getting the darkest tan I could with little or no SPF. I sound crazy, but this is pretty common. We tanned all spring break or Labor Day for some color that would last all year. So unhealthy but with age comes wisdom, and needless to say we didn’t have it yet.
So as I looked in the mirror last week and started to see smile lines, I panicked in the only way someone who spent years tanning could panic: Well shit, this is what I get! I sprinted to Sephora as fast as I could and picked up Murad Oil Control Mattifier with SPF 15 and their acne and wrinkle reducing serum. At 22, I never thought I’d have to use these things but here I am getting anxiety and worrying that my anxiety will cause more wrinkles.
According to a study conducted by researchers at Environmental Working Group, not only are some sunscreens ineffective but they may be promoting the spread of malignant cells and skin cancer when you’re wearing them. This is incredibly disappointing to someone like me who has only just entered the sunscreen user circle.
Thankfully, the products I bought only rank at “caution” on how likely they are to help accelerate cancer. You can search for your products here to see where they rank.
So what does this mean? I guess we’ll have to wait and see after more studies are done. I just really hope I don’t get a warning that reading fashion blogs can cause cancer, because I can only make so many life changes before I become a hermit.