Originally Posted by amcal
Could it be that skin cancer rates are highest in areas that use the most sunscreen because people who use the most sunscreen live in intense sun areas?
To me it makes sense that although sunscreen use here in the desert is high, we still live in the desert with intense sun and we get a lot more sun than say, Seattle or other places where the sun is much less intense and therefore, sunscreen is required much less.
i think that's very plausible, myself.
as for limiting exposure, we live in the deep south, at the beach, and there is no way to avoid peak sun times. we can't stay indoors that much-the sun is hot enough to burn from 9am-6pm here in the summer. we would all lose our minds! i have SUPER fair children, but they do tan after some gradual exposure. i take them out without ss in the spring and early summer, so they can build up a bit of base tan.
i know there's a school of thought (and some research) that says the sun and any tan at all is bad, but i don't buy into that. im not scared of the sun. not advocating for the "something about mary" lady look, of course, lol..but a little tan is not a bad thing imo.
we have always used one of the baby ones like baby faces spf 60+, but i would like to find a more natural alternative that works well.i dont like the chemical components of many sunscreens but i dont like peeling, blistering sunburns even more.