The truth about vitamin A.
Vitamin A is often added to lotions, serums, and other skin care products because this potent antioxidant may help slow skin aging. However, according to federal government research, when topically applied vitamin A is exposed to sunlight, it may accelerate the growth of skin cancer tumors, making it an unsafe ingredient to add to sunscreen. Still, many manufacturers do. The EWG reports that vitamin A is in 18 percent of sport sunscreens, 17 percent of moisturizers with SPF, and 13 percent of lip care products with SPF.
Look for instead: Take a hard look at the ingredients list of any sunscreen you’re considering buying. If you see vitamin A or any of its forms listed, such as retinol, retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, or retinoic acid, skip that product and find one that doesn’t contain this antioxidant.
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