It’s that time of year again, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, more hours of daylight and more sunshine!
Everyone knows sunscreen is important, and choosing the most natural products are best for your skin and the environment. So what are some ingredients you should avoid?
According to new sunscreen ratings from Consumer Reports, pregnant women might want to choose a sunscreen that doesn’t contain retinyl palmitate, an ingredient that could possibly increase the risk of birth defects.
Retinyl palmitate, also known as vitamin A palmitate and retinol hexadecanoate, is a topical form of vitamin A that the skin converts to retinoids. And those compounds, which are also found in certain acne medications, have been linked to an increased risk of birth defects.
For the full article, go to: http://news.consumerreports.org/health/2011/05/new-advice-for-pregnant-women-when-choosing-sunscreens.html
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