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An open letter of thanks to Gisele Bundchen

February 8, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 3 Comments
Dear Gisele

I applaud you for your stand on sunscreen. You said that sunscreen is “ poison” and that you try to choose ones that are “free of parabens, oxybenzone... and retinyl palmitate.” And you are right, chemical sunscreens degrade under sunlight and can destroy skin cells. New scientific evidence is unequivocal that retinyl palmitate becomes carcinogenic under sunlight.

The industry backlash against you is all too predictable and I understand that you felt the need to backtrack and use your own blog to calm the furore, writing: "I would like to clarify the misunderstanding about the use of sunblock. I do use sunblock but also I try my best not to be exposed to the sun when it is too strong.”

Sunscreen is our frenemy. We need it, as you say, to protect ourselves. But as savvy consumers, we know that sunscreens may also cause harm. We have a right to demand better from the sunscreen and cosmetic industry and I want to thank you for speaking out.


  • February 9, 2011

    by Pam

    I was with her until she started taking on backwater when the proverbial crap hit the fan. Say what you mean and mean what you say.

  • February 9, 2011

    by Carey

    OMG! People should stop spreading out the lie made up by poor translators. Gisele never said sunscreen is a poison and never said she does not use sunscreen with these chemicals mentioned above as far I know. In an interview for Brazilian tv Gisele said that suncreen is very important and she never goes stay under the sun without sunscreen in the bad hours of the sun which is 10a.m to 4p.m
    I blame Gisele for all the mess created by the press. She does not give interviews in America.

  • February 9, 2011

    by Lori

    And yet she's willing to take money for advertising this "poison" -- Nivea sun products. I think she's full of it.

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