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The Secret Behind Eyelash Growth and Sunscreen's Dark Side

By: Rebecca James Gadberry
Posted: June 11, 2008, from the November 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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2 K M Hason and R M Clegg, Bioconvertible vitamin antioxidants improve sunscreen photoprotection against UV-induced reactive oxygen species, Journal of Cosmetic Science (54/6), 589–598 (Nov/Dec 2003)

* ROS is the oxygen-based family of free radicals that attacks lipids in cell walls, as well as the skin’s barrier, energy-producing mitochondria in cells and reproductive DNA. These reactions lead not only to inflammation and aging in epidermal and dermal tissues, but some researchers believe that UVA-generated ROS also are the link to the almost threefold rise in melanoma throughout the past 20 years, even though sunscreen use is on the increase worldwide.