The smartest step to take is to minimise your exposure by using products that exclude potentially toxic chemicals.
The David Suzuki Foundation* wisely suggests buying products with easily understood ingredient lists and trying sample sizes before handing over your hard earned cash. That way you can patch test and establish what your skin loves best.
Many anti-ageing creams, lotions, moisturisers, makeup and some sunscreens contain retinol and/or its derivatives. You can identify it by the following names listed: retinol, vitamin A, retinyl acetate, retinyl palminate, all-trans retinoid acid and tretinoin. That’s astonishing when you consider this: US Government scientific trails have found these chemicals “speed up the development of cancerous lesions on sun-exposed skin”.
Put simply, both of these ingredients increase the risk of skin cancer with sun exposure, with the FDA (U.S.A. Food & Drug Administration) recommend additional testing. Furthermore, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) report based on chemicals that should disappear from cosmetics, recommended products containing retinoic acid or retinyl palmitate should be avoidedAnd that is exactly what we all should be doing.