CELEBRITY chef Pete Evans latest remarks on sunscreen have angered cancer research experts.

In a post on his official Facebook page, the My Kitchen Rules star was asked by a follower what he uses for sunscreen.

He admitted he uses “generally nothing”, claiming people who use “normal” sunscreen are just covering themselves in “poisonous chemicals”.

He wrote: “The silly thing is people put on normal chemical sunscreen then lay out in the sun for hours on end and think that they are safe because they have covered themselves in poisonous chemicals which is a recipe for disaster as we are witnessing these days.

“We need to respect the sun but not hide from it either as it is so beneficial for us, but use common sense.

“The goal is always never to burn yourself.”

Cancer Council’s director of education Terry Slevin expressed concerns over his response.

“The science is clear, increased ­exposure to UV radiation equals an increased risk of skin cancer and this is from people who have been researching this for decades,” Mr Slevin told news.com.au.

“Sunscreen use, including UV absorbers, which he refers to as chemical sunscreen, has been proven to reduce skin cancer risk.

“The question is who should people take their advice from on sun protection. Mr Evans is not someone I would call on for that advice. It’s yet another case of someone (in this case with a media profile) undermining the safety and efficacy of sunscreen.”

Pete’s response

Pete Evans told news.com.au people needed to be more sensible with their outdoor time.

“I promote the use of non toxic sunscreen if spending long times out in the sun, like I mentioned in my answer, as well as not staying out in the sun for long enough to burn,” he said.

“So many people are vitamin D deficient and being sensible with your time outside is paramount — respect the sun by not overdoing it.

“Use common sense and research what is actually in all of the sunscreens, as like any product available there are good ones and not so good ones. Choose wisely.”

Pete has hit back today sharing a couple of in depth posts on his Facebook page. He urges everyone to “Read labels folks, learn about what’s in your food, what’s in your sunscreen, your skincare, your haircare, your water and most importantly, please wise up as to what you’re putting on or into your precious children! At the end of the day I’m just a passionate family man trying to do my best by my family and I’m openly sharing our journey!”

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  • I normally don’t go much on Pete Evans, but I feel like in this instance his comments have been taken out of context and the Cancer Council have jumped the gun a bit on this one. I think his comments were promoting health and people being conscious of what products they choose. I have quite bad Vitamin D deficiency and must take supplements. He was on point with all of his comments.


  • He isn’t saying don’t use sunscreen he is saying to look at non toxic options.


  • Pete has a point here, though I don’t dote on what he says usually. I haven’t yet found a sunscreen that I can use on my face that doesn’t burn my skin something awful and make tears well up in my eyes as well. So I spend only a short time in the sun to get my daily dose of Vitamin D, and then go indoors.


  • Thing is… He is a chef and thats his area of expertise.
    What he is saying is basically correct. Sunscreen does contain chemicals but if you are going to decide not to use it simply because it contains chemicals then you need to remove all the other stuff that you apply to your body that contains chemicals also. Shampoo, conditioner, lip balms, moisturisers, etc
    It is not wise to deal with sunburn so extreme care needs to be taken if you are going to become anti sunscreen.


  • Pete does have a point, you do need to know what is in your sunscreen. My girls are allergic to some particular sunscreens that are toward to top of the range in $ and brand.

    We always have fun in the sun but in moderation and also we wear hats and clothing to protect us.

    Pete does also need to remember that there are many of his followers that would take what he says as gospel!


  • Precious skin needs to be protected from the effects of the sun. The removal of skin cancer is painful.


  • Sounds like his comments were taken out of proportion. Not the most intelligent human to be providing advice anyway.


  • I agree that people should read labels, but he really is a bit of a loon about other things.


  • I use sunscreen when l know l will be in the sun and need protection!


  • I agree with Pete in so far as people need to be sensible about how much time they stay out in the sun and at what times. People who just lay in the sun for hours with or without sunscreen are asking for trouble.


  • There is such a huge vitamin D deficiency around the world. And one of the most important causes for that is the use of sunscreen. I think there are important points from both sides. I agree in using sunscreen, but not all the time. At least half an hour a day I stay under the sun without sunscreen on.


  • I think he makes a very good point.


  • The media like to make Pete out to be a whacko. But I think he has a point. We do need to read our labels more, find out what’s in our food and every day used products. If there’s a chemical free sunscreen, I might give it a go


  • I wonder how many people know what the difference between kid’s and the ordinary ones that other people use is. I was “sneaky” and asked the same question at 2 different pharmacies as I wanted to ensure they were simply stating preference to their favourite brand. Both advised me that the one used by older people has fragrance in it and chemicals to retain it. We don’t need it and the chemicals used for that are not healthy. If you vitamin D levels are low you can eat food high in Viatmin D or take a good quality Vitamin D supplement


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