Every living thing on this planet uses the sun to survive. The sun is good for us, but it’s all about balance in life. Too much of anything can harm us especially sunscreen, I’m a victim my skin has been permanently dyed a different color where I consistently applied too much sunscreen. Why? Because I was not using safe chemical free sunscreen, I had no idea there was such thing growing up. So, I hope this post provides the readers with a clearer perspective on the sun.
Safe chemical free sunscreen does not contain these 4 ingredients
- Oxybenzone – is a chemical that is supposed to absorb UV light but it actually penetrates the skin, gets into the bloodstream and acts like estrogen. Not good. It can create a barrier to your skin from the suns good rays and trigger allergic reactions.
- Retinly Palminate – is a synthetic Vitamin A compound found in many conventional sunscreens. This should NEVER be used for protection from the sun. This synthetic ingredient reacts negatively when applied on skin and then exposed to sunlight. It can ultimately lead to cancer and/or toxicity.
- Octinoxate (actylmethoxycinnamate) – is an estrogenic chemical that can be absorbed rapidly through the skin. A 2004 animal study found this chemical to have estrogenic activity which can lead to hormone disruption. Not cool. It’s also noted that its skin penetration could lead to developmental and reproductive toxicity based on notes from Environmental Working Group.
- Avobenzone (Parsol 1789 or butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane) – This chemical has shown to degrade significantly when exposed to sunlight. This process results in the release of free radicals which can increase the user’s risk of cancer. Free radicals are not only linked to cancer they are also known to cause premature skin aging.
You can find more information about these chemicals here.
We advise that you ease the sun back into your daily life especially if you’re used to applying sunscreen. If you’re going to be out in the sun for a long period of time, as we all are at some point, then we advise looking into sunscreens that use raw elements, these can be found at healthy food stores.
To end on a positive note. “I think the current message that all unprotected sun exposure is bad for you is too extreme,” states Michael Holick, M.D. director of the Vitamin D Research Lab at Boston University Medical Center. “The original message was that people should limit their sun exposure, not that they should avoid the sun entirely. I do believe that some unprotected exposure to the sun is important for health.”
“Nobody wants to get skin cancer, but we’ve gone from sun worship to sun dread,” states Dr. Robert S. Stern, chair of the Department of Dermatology at Harvard affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He has coined the phrase “solar-phobes”: people so concerned about getting skin cancer that they stay inside or cover every bit of skin.
The marketing of ultra-blocking sunscreens and special sun-protective clothing plays into these fears. However, the same UVB wavelengths that these sunscreens are designed to block also do some good: They kick off the chemical and metabolic chain reaction that produces vitamin D and research now shows that many people have low vitamin D levels. So, your best bet is to use safe chemical free sunscreen. The sun helps a process work better in our bodies to learn more click here!