The arrival of spring and summer means lots of fun in the sun….after lathering on the sunscreen, of course! But experts are warning about a new and risky trend hitting social media and other websites.
People are posting recipes for homemade sunscreen. Researchers wanted to know how these mixtures were being described on Pinterest. They looked at a sample of 189 pins and found 95 percent of pins for homemade sunscreen positively portrayed their effectiveness… despite the fact that most of the recipes offered little UV radiation protection.
SPF claims were made in a third of the pins ranging from SPF 2 to SPF 50.
The researchers called these claims concerning because the homemade sunscreen recipes offered minimal scientifically proven broad-spectrum protection…yet the average number of saves per pin was more than 800 and at least one had more than 21,000 saves.
The co-author of the study says, “Homemade sunscreen products are risky because they are not regulated or tested for efficacy like commercial sunscreens. When you make it yourself, you don’t know if it’s safe or effective.”
He says with rising skin cancer rates, the effectiveness of broad-spectrum sunscreen is critical.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using an FDA-approved sunscreen, which protects against UVA and UVB sunrays. It should be water resistant or very water resistant… and have an SPF of 30 or higher.