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Homemade sunscreens not a good idea – Study

Regular readers know of my dealings in the skin cancer arena. Three appearances, three defeats, three basal cell carcinoma surgeries. If you want further details, you can find them here. I wanted to pass along this information to maybe save you from ill-considered do-it-yourself sunscreens. Skin cancer is serious stuff. Don’t risk it.

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Social media and other online tools have changed the way people seek and share health information. Recent consumer interest in natural, organic, and ethically-made personal care products has led to an increase of shared recipes for homemade products including sunscreen. A new study conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Brooks College of Health at University of North Florida examined how homemade sunscreens were portrayed on Pinterest.

The study, published in Health Communication, found that nearly all (95%) pins, or bookmarks, for homemade sunscreen positively portrayed the effectiveness of homemade sunscreens and most (68%) recommended recipes for homemade sunscreens that offered insufficient UV radiation protection. Sun Protection Factor (SPF) claims were made in a third of pins with a range of SPF 2 to SPF 50. This is concerning because the ingredients recommended in homemade sunscreen pins offer minimal scientifically proven broad-spectrum protection from UV radiation yet are widely shared and promoted as safe alternatives to commercial sunscreens on Pinterest. The average number of saves for a pin was 808, with one pin being saved more than 21,700 times.

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3 Pinterest Posts That Can Help You Take Weight Off

Regular readers know that I lost 50 pounds in 52 weeks, having had a weight problem most of my life. So, if you are working on losing weight, I know your struggle. I also believe that while losing weight takes place in your body, it results from what you have in your mind. I think the following Pinterest items can help you with that a lot.


This is the perfect example of that. Start eating for nutrition and quit eating like a child because ‘it tastes so good.” There is nothing wrong with enjoying your food, but don’t put the cart before the horse and overeat because of the flavor.


Another critical concept. Relax, you put the weight on over the past years, right? Don’t expect to take in off in a week or two. Losing more than a pound a week is rarely healthy. Don’t make your body pay more for your past eating abuses.

2079c737f1bb8b7a128b774a62781571Although this came from a woman’s board and is on what I would call the superficial side, the fact remains it is true. I would guess that the majority of weight control efforts are based on vanity. People want to look better, more attractive. That isn’t the worst thing, but I hope that in your quest for a better appearance, you settle down and understand that once you start eating right and working out you are reaching into good health. Face it, nothing looks better or more attractive than a vibrant healthy person. And, the good news is that the healthy person will live longer and better, too. That’s the best reason to get control of your weight.

Eat less; move more.

As always, your comments are invited.


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