Monday, May 14, 2012

Nudists Shouldn’t Get Burned

SUNBURN AND sunscreens are in the news this week. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued the results of a study that found that fifty percent (50%) of people under the age of 30 had experienced at least one notable sunburn in the previous year.  The CDC is worried that it may mean young people are not taking the danger of skin cancer seriously.

Then there’s news today that the Food and Drug Administration has given sunscreen companies an extension on the deadline for re-labeling their products under new laws that require: (1) clarity that sunscreen products may be water resistant but are not waterproof (and therefore should be reapplied frequently as people swim and sweat); (2) clarity about whether a given product provides UVB protection (against visible burning), UVA protection (against rays that cause cancer but have less visible effects), or both.

The extension means that you will need to do some independent research online to find out which products offer reliable protection against skin damage.  It also means that, whichever product(s) you use, you get out of the sun and into the shade of umbrellas, tiki huts, wear a sun hat, and go indoors when you’ve had enough sun.

We trust that nudists have already been doing these things for years. We want to set a good example for the rest of the world about responsible sun safety AND we want you to be with us for many years to come.

5/15/12 Update:  This just in... a leading website has just released its list of the top (and worst) sunscreens on the market.  The Platypus does NOT vouch for the quality of this information, but perhaps readers will find it helpful: Yahoo Sun Screen Reviews