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Tips for a Healthy Summer

July 19, 2011 by admin0

Summer’s long days, warmth and sunshine mean days at the pool, picnics and outdoor adventures. Stay safe this summer by choosing safe sunscreens, bug repellants and deodorants. And while you’re packing that beach bag, check your water bottles and picnicking gear, too.


When choosing sunscreens, select products free of UV filters that can mimic estrogen such as:

  • 3-(4-methylbenzylidene)-camphor (4-MBC)
  • octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC)
  • octyl-dimethyl-PABA (OD-PABA)
  • bexophenome-3 (Bp-3)
  • homosalate (HMS)

In addition, choose sunscreens that are free from synthetic fragrance, nanoparticles and parabens. Better still, wear a hat!

Insect Repellants

Choose products that are free of synthetic pesticides and fragrance (typically just labeled “fragrance”). Instead, use herbally-based and natural insect repellants, and consider lightweight long pants and long sleeves as a physical barrier.


By now you’ve probably guessed that parabens and fragrance should be on your “avoid” list. For deodorant, add aluminum to that list, too.

Food and Drink

Pack your picnic and on-the-go drinks in containers free of BPA (found in canned goods and hard plastics) and DEHP (a phthalate found in soft plastics), since food containers can be a key source of exposure to these chemicals. The best choices are stainless steel and glass.

Lisa Archer
National Coordinator of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
Breast Cancer Fund

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