Annie Tomlin has worn sunscreen her entire life. Tomlin has a long history when it comes to talking about skin cancer prevention. In one of her recent blogs, she actually suggested that people use “bronzers” over exposing themselves to the sun for a natural tan. In the same blog, she went on to say that you should always wear SPF 30.

With tons of self-tanners available, you can easily look bronzed without exposing your skin to the sun. Problem solved.

It’s really easy to sound preachy when talking about sun protection, and I’m guilty of being fairly heliophobic. (Why yes, I DO have a vitamin D deficiency! Ha ha, but no, really.) But when it’s this easy to avoid skin cancer, and the side effect is that your skin also looks better, why wouldn’t you wear SPF 30 every day?


In fact, Tomlin pitches on behalf of a lot of skin products like her memebox….



After reading all of this, you may or may not be surprised to find out that Tomlin was diagnosed with skin cancer. Now, I want to make very clear that this is in no way an opportunity to grave dance; not in the slightest. Tomlin is going to be OK per her doctors, but, I do think this is a good opportunity to remember that a lot of these beauty bloggers are putting the sale of the product ahead of the good health of the reader.

According to Yahoo! Beauty, the skin health blogger was “shocked” by the diagnosis.

A biopsy revealed that Tomlin had basal cell carcinoma. It’s the most common kind of skin cancer.

Tomlin said she was “shocked” by the diagnosis in November.

“I’m religious about sun protection. I wore it every day as a kid,” she said.

There is a lot of evidence that shows a direct connection between the use of sunblock and skin cancer. The issue is the use of the hormone-disrupting chemical oxybenzone, which penetrates the skin and enters the bloodstream. It should also be noted that Vitamin D deficiency is rampant in the United States, affecting almost every person. Vitamin D comes from sun exposure, folks.

Tomlin is one example and her case shouldn’t be interpreted as an end-all conclusion; but she should serve as an example of a blogger who likely pushes product for profit over health merit.

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