Sunscreen – Buyer Beware
That being said, since most of you will reach for sunscreen on the sunny days, you should be made aware of the following regarding the dangers
that lurk in your “mainstream” sunscreens. Whether it’s the water you drink, the makeup you put on your beautiful face every day, the detergent you wash your clothes in, you must be aware of the toxic chemicals that dwell in these products and how they effect your cells,
DNA and overall health. Buyer Beware has never been truer than it
For decades, irresponsible cosmetic companies and a small group of very vocal, publicity-seeking dermatologists have strongly advocated that chemical sunscreens should be heavily applied before any exposure to sunlight, even on young children. They insisted that such sunscreen use would prevent skin cancer and protect your health. This was despite of a lack of any adequate safety testing of these chemicals. (It should be emphasized that most dermatologists are much more cautious and careful.)
Chemical Sunscreens and their 3 Deadly Sins
Avobenzone [butyl-methyoxydibenzoylmethane; Parsol 1789]
- Lower sperm count
- Undescended testicles
- Higher rates of Testicular cancers
- Breast Enlargement Problems also exist within the female reproductive system such as:
- Severe PMS
- Increased Breast and Uterine Cancer
- Erratic Periods
- Uterine Cysts
- Inform yourself - Do not assume because something is on a store shelf that it will not cause you harm. In fact, during the 1970′s Professor Howard Maibach warned that 35% of the chemicals in sunscreens would pass through the skin and into the bloodstream, but his observations fell on deaf ears. This largely due to companies not wanting to destroy their stockpiles of chemicals. That would cost them too much money. It was only in 1997 that countries in Europe, Canada and Australia, finally banned numerous chemicals and just allowed 3 specific ingredients, Titanium and Zinc Oxide and Avobenzone, at least it’s a start. At this writing there’s some new ingredients that companies are using, but we don’t know how safe they will be in the long run.
- Choose Safer Sunscreens- There’s a whole new breed of Sunscreens that not only are UVA and UVB safe but they contain ingredients that help repair your skin after tanning. Take a trip to the local health food store, here you will find many options, but still read the label. It’s your best bet on protecting you and your family.
- Tolerance-Start by tanning 10-15minutes a day without sunscreen. Increase your time by 5-10 minutes a day. Try tanning either early in the morning or late in the day to avoid the hottest times of the day, in the afternoon.
- Vitamin D – Consume more rich Vitamin D foods such as egg yolks, fatty fishes, to name a few. You can also consider taking a Vitamin D supplement.
- Clothing - Wear light, yet tightly woven clothing that blocks out the light, to protect your skin during the hottest times of the day, between 10-3pm. You can also wear protective sunglasses and hat.