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Rumor Patrol: Gisele Bundchen Never Called Sunscreen 'Poison'

02/07/2011 at 02:00 PM ET

Gisele Sunscreen Denial

Gisele Bündchen is firing back at published reports that quoted her as saying she refuses to wear sunscreen. While promoting her skincare line Sejaa in her native Brazil, the supermodel reportedly claimed of SPF products: “I cannot put this poison on my skin. I do not use anything synthetic.” Reports went on to quote her as saying that her alternative is simply avoiding going out at times in the day when the sun is strongest–advice that cancer experts quickly shot down as ineffective. But a rep for Bündchen says that a misunderstanding is to blame. “They misquoted her due to a language barrier,” the rep tells PEOPLE. “Gisele would never say not to use sunscreen because she has family members who have had skin cancer.” So what did Gisele intend to express? “She simply stated that her all natural skincare line does not include an SPF product,” the rep continued. “She followed that line of questions saying she tried to stay out of the sun when it is the strongest between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.” And yes, Gisele does use sunscreen–just not harsh formulations. “When using sunscreens she selects ones that are free of parabens, oxybenzone, PABA, and retinyl palmitate,” says the rep. “She buys her sunscreen at Whole Foods, so she can find ones that are free of harsh chemicals. She says, ‘Of course I put on sun block. I don’t want to look like a shrimp!’”–Charlotte Triggs


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gdr on

Let’s not forget, Gisele could say or do something nice and it won’t get reported on. Misinterpert her words and voila we got a media frenzy. Just what the doctor (media) ordered.

polkadoctor on

Yes, using sunscreen prevents the body to naturally make vitamin D. HOWEVER, there are SUPPLEMENTS for Vitamin D. It is safer to take vitamin D supplements rather than NOT protecting yourself from SKIN CANCER. It’s the smart trade-off if you ask me.

source: I’m in medical school.

tiffanya on

I didn’t know being a model qualified her to give medical advice. Gisele is always giving ill-informed opinions. Wasn’t she the one who said breast-feeding your child should be a law. Now she’s an expert in dermatology? She clearly thinks she’s smarter than she really is. A little too full of herself!

tiffanya on

Has anyone else noticed she’s really aging and losing her looks? She got so thin so quickly after the baby that it’s made her lose a lot of the collagen in her face. WOW. Shocked at this picture.

Marissa on

Has anyone else noticed she’s really aging and losing her looks? She got so thin so quickly after the baby that it’s made her lose a lot of the collagen in her face. WOW. Shocked at this picture.

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Ginger on

I view sunscreen as a poison. I start burning and turn red 5 minutes after using it. I am allergic to it. It’s amazing how difficult it can be to find skin care products that do not have it. I no longer attend skin care or makeup parties. I won’t let anyone in a department store or a mall kiosk near me with their products. I am tired of being told products are hypoallergenic and that i couldn’t possibly be allergic while i burn and turn red. Kudos to Giselle for working to develop a line of skin care products that I could actually use.

Ramona B. on

I find it very interesting that celebrities–most notably famous women like Gisele–in droves, have adopted, and perhaps unwittingly, promoted ‘greener’ and eco-friendlier lifestyles. However, while that is admirable, people who go ‘green’ generally avoid commercial care products and cosmetics and their questionable ingredients–as Gisele’s statement references above. Why then are these women endorsing the very products that they refuse to put on their bodies? Gisele, and the like, will not apply, rub, or spray these products on their gorgeous bodies, but they will, however, endorse the same products in exchange for millions of dollars–Gisele was Max Factor’s spokesmodel just last year. Does this make much sense?

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