Supermodel Gisele Bundchen is in hot water with cancer experts after calling sunscreen a “poison.”
The environmentally aware beauty has actively promoted healthy living through her eco cartoon series and organic skincare line, but she recently claimed that she refuses to wear any sunscreen products because of the chemicals used to block the sun’s harmful rays.
“I cannot put this poison on my skin,” the 30-year-old stated. “I do not use anything synthetic.”
According to the Daily Mail, Bundchen explained that to avoid skin damage she only exposes herself to the sun before 8 a.m. when, according to her, the rays are at their weakest.
Obviously, these comments have angered cancer experts like Dolival Loao, the head of dermatology at Brazil’s National Cancer Institute, who said, “Sunscreen prevents damage to the skin and is of fundamental importance for the prevention of cancer.”
And Jessica Harris of Cancer research UK added, “Sunscreens are fully tested before they can be sold and are not harmful to the skin.”
These comments are a problem specifically because Bundchen is trying to make herself into an eco role model, so her opinions actually do have the power to influence decisions that people make. And as someone with a history of skin cancer in their family, I have made it a point to wear sunscreen every day. That being said, I do wear natural mineral brands, and there are great options out there for those of you who are looking.
Also, it seems that Bundchen didn’t always feel so sure about the harm that sunscreen causes, as she once served as a spokesperson for Nivea Sun, check out her commercial below.