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May 28, 2008


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Christine Gardner

I received another great recommendation from a friend who is a pediatrician. She uses the ColoreScience Sunforgettable Brush SPF 30 on her kids:


Christine Gardner

Avobenzone (or Parsol 1789) along with Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide are the only three commonly used ingredients (in the U.S.) that can protect against the long ray UVA rays, which cause wrinkles and skin damage.

Avobenzone is a skin penetrator and a free radical generator, which means it can enter the bloodstream and possibly contribute to damaging our DNA. Avobenzone is NOT effective in protecting against the UVB rays which cause sunburn.

In addition, this chemical typically degrades when exposed to sunlight and begins to lose its effectiveness within just one hour.

While researching this response I found an incredibly thorough and interesting article for additional reference.


Bottom line, while Avobenzone is not as toxic as Oxybenzone, I would recommend that you look at broad spectrum protection using Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide which can tackle the UVA and UVB rays most effectively.


Does this go for anything with 'benzone' at the end (ie., avobenzone)? I am looking at my 'green' sunscreen and thinking it is not so green anymore...


I'm so glad you put that song at the end, it was such a cool way to finish off the blog.. I love it!
you can also watch the video of it on You Tube:
and sing along to it!

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