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Swimming Pools Can Turn Your Sunscreen Into a Cancerous Toxin

Smothering yourself in sunscreen before getting into a swimming pool may actually be detrimental to your health, according to research.  The study—which was conducted at Lomonosov Moscow State University—found that the combination of ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun and chlorinated water cause ingredients in sunscreens to break down and produce toxic chemicals. These chemicals have been associated with causing immune system damage, infertility, and even cancer.  The world’s most popular sun-blocker, avobenzone, was the focus of the study. Researchers found the ultraviolet filter—which is commonly used in sunscreens, moisturizers, lip balms, and other cosmetic products—actually breaks down in chlorinated water.  Read more....

 

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