Between doctors, magazines, news reports, and the guy at the gym who won't stop talking, there is no shortage of places to get advice about your health these days. But one place we didn't expect was on our shopping bags! Yet some customers at Lululemon were surprised to note that among the inspirational phrases on the store's trademark red and white tote was some advice about sunscreen.
"Sunscreen absorbed into the skin might be worse for you than sunshine," advised the (ironically) recyclable tote.
Even though the famous athletic apparel company is known for promoting a healthy lifestyle—and cute yoga butts!—they aren't necessarily seen as a place you'd go for medical advice. And this piece of advice in particular has shoppers and health professionals alike raising their eyebrows.
While it's true that sunshine on your skin is the best source of vitamin D and that some sunscreens can contain harmful chemicals, that doesn't mean you should avoid sunscreen all together. The American Cancer Society recommends that all people wear sunscreen, adding, "Because of its negative effects, intentional, unprotected sun exposure should not be used as a way to increase vitamin D level."
But while we may not want our shopping bags giving us medical advice, we love this mantra also printed on the bag: "A daily hit of athletic-induced endorphins helps you make better decisions, feel at peace and reduce stress!" That's a message we can definitely get behind.