One in seven sunscreens reviewed by Environmental Working Group claimed a sun protection factor higher than 50, which some experts say is a gimmick that can encourage users to stay in the sun too long.
W.S. Badger has voluntarily recalled approximately 30,000 tubes of sunscreen for children and babies, including all lots of its 4-ounce SPF 30 Baby Sunscreen Lotion, due to possible bacteria and fungi contamination. The company says that the items passed testing before they were offered to consumers in February, but it detected three microbes in samples during routine quality testing.
Applying sunscreen every day prevents photoaging of the skin, a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine found. Study participants who applied sunscreen each day on their head, neck, arms and hands and reapplied it as necessary showed no detectable changes in skin condition and were 24% less likely to show any clinical signs of increased aging than those who applied sunscreen at their own discretion.
Sunscreen use substantially increased among teens six weeks after watching an educational video focusing on the premature photoaging effects of UV light on skin appearance, a small study showed. However, researchers noted that watching a video linking UV light to skin cancer did not significantly boost teens' sunscreen use. The findings were presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine meeting.
Only 2.2% of the 2,594 articles published over an 11-year period in two popular parenting magazines were related to skin, and fewer than half -- 42.1% -- of those focused on sun protection, researchers report in the CDC's Preventing Chronic Disease. Of the 6,307 advertisements reviewed, only about 1% were for sunscreens.
Legislators in New Jersey agreed on Monday night to a repeal of the state's 6% tax on cosmetic surgery procedures. The tax will be phased out by mid-2013. Lawmakers also agreed to rewrite the regulations for single-operating room, office-based surgery centers to require licensing by the state Department of Health.