Did You Know Sunscreen Was This Dangerous?
Sunscreen is one of those products that most people believe they absolutely must have when they go outside.
Well, that’s both true and untrue.
Sunscreen can certainly help to protect us from the intense rays of the sun.
But, some sunscreen is actually quite dangerous.
And, in fact, it could exacerbate the problems that we think we’re avoiding when we put on sunscreen.
That’s why we want to let you know that we’re offering a discount on one of the safest sunscreens we’ve ever seen.
It’s actually not just a sunscreen, but a product that makes a great natural sunscreen, and we’ll give you more info on it in a second.
Now, let’s see what makes sunscreen so dangerous.
The Dangers Of Sunscreen
Over the course of the past few years the amount of research coming out shows that sunscreen doesn’t do nearly what it’s supposed to for helping to prevent skin cancer.
Plus, many of the chemicals found in commonly produced sunscreens can actually harm systems in our body and may even cause some forms of cancer.
Take a look at what we know about the dangers of sunscreens.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), most sunscreens contain a chemical known as Oxybenzone. This chemical is a potential hormone disruptor and can accelerate the growth of certain cancers.
“…the chemical oxybenzone penetrates the skin, gets into the bloodstream and acts like estrogen in the body. It can trigger allergic reactions. Data are preliminary, but studies have found a link between higher concentrations of oxybenzone and health harms.
One study has linked oxybenzone to endometriosis in older women; another found that women with higher levels of oxybenzone during pregnancy had lower birth weight daughters.”
It’s estimated 95% of Americans are contaminated with oxybenzone, a statistic I don’t like to read at all.
And that’s not the only harmful ingredient in sunscreen.
2. Retinyl Palmitate.
This is a derivative of Vitamin-A, which is known to produce an en enhanced photosensitivity reaction.
Because of this, it can actually cause the acceleration of certain malignant cancers. Not at all what you want when you’re heading out to bake under the intense, noonday sun.
Now the government would tell you Retinyl Palmitate is an “inactive ingredient”, but as EWG notes studies show, “this common additive reacts with the sun to create free radicals that damage DNA. Government scientists have produced evidence that the development of skin tumors is dramatically accelerated, compared to control groups, when lab animals were coated with a cream laced with vitamin A and then exposed to the equivalent of nine minutes of maximum intensity sunlight every day for a year.”
The reasons fragrances are an issue is because many of them are made of chemicals which have known associations with cancer and disrupt healthy cells in other ways.
Chief among the unlisted ingredients inside of fragrances are the following:
- Parabens: These are synthetic preservatives and have been shown to mess with hormone levels.
- Phthalates: Carcinogenic synthetic preservative, these chemicals also affect reproduction function. (They’re known to cause birth defects, lower sperm count, and cause early breast development.) They’ve also been shown to damage the kidneys and the liver.
So What Should You Use Instead?
After reading that, you can see why it’s best to rely on safer alternatives to popular sunscreen.
There are numerous safe sunscreens out there.
However, we made a product (well, Dr. Wiggy and his wife did) that is great for all kinds of uses.
It’s especially good for blocking the sun and also safe for kids.
That would be our Raise Them Well Kid-Safe Zinc Oxide Powder.
This powder is amazing, and when mixed into a suspension (recipe below) it won’t just help block the dangerous rays that come from the sun… it will help to improve your skin health too.
1/4 cup coconut oil (has an SPF of 7)
2 (or more) tbsp. powdered zinc oxide
1/4 cup pure aloe vera gel (must be 50 percent or higherTrusted Source pure aloe)
25 drops walnut extract oil for scent and an added SPF boostTrusted Source
1 cup (or less) shea butter for a spreadable consistency
Combine all ingredients, except the zinc oxide and aloe vera gel, in a medium saucepan. Let the shea butter and oils melt together at medium heat.
Let cool for several minutes before stirring in aloe vera gel.
Cool completely before adding zinc oxide. Mix well to make sure the zinc oxide is distributed throughout. You may want to add some beeswax or another waxy substance for a stickier consistency.
Doesn’t look like getting regular old sunscreen is a good idea, does it?
If you’re picking up sunscreen, I sincerely advise you to check and see if the sunscreen you’re looking at contains these ingredients.
If they do, opt for something else.
It might end up being more expensive…but the cost of dealing with skin cancer will be much more. I promise.
If you’re looking for some advice on sunscreen, I suggest following Dr. Mercola’s advice. He actually says don’t use it if you can avoid it.
- Give your body a chance to produce vitamin D; expose large amounts of skin (at least 40 percent of your body) to sunlight for short periods daily (a safe tanning bed can also be used for this purpose).
- When you’ll be in the sun for longer periods, cover up with clothing, a hat or shade (either natural or that you create using an umbrella, etc.). A safe sunscreen can be applied after you’ve optimized your daily vitamin D production.
- Shield your face from the sun daily using a safe sunscreen or a hat, as your facial skin is thin and more prone to sun damage like premature wrinkling.
- Consider the use of an “internal sunscreen” like astaxanthin to offer additional protection against sun damage.
- Consuming a healthy diet full of natural antioxidants is another incredibly useful strategy to help avoid sun damage to your skin. Fresh, raw, unprocessed foods deliver the nutrients that your body needs to maintain a healthy balance of omega-6 and omega-3 oils in your skin, which is your first line of defense against sunburn. Fresh, raw vegetables also provide your body with an abundance of powerful antioxidants that will help you fight the free radicals caused by sun damage that can lead to burns and cancer.
If you must use sunscreen, make sure it doesn’t have the chemicals listed above, and try and get one with the minerals zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These are capable of blocking harmful UVA light, which is one of the primary rays which will damage your skin.