When the sun is out we often turn to sunscreen as a means to protect ourselves. While this can be helpful, it is important to think about when to use sunscreen and what types to use.
So if I don’t use sunscreen then what?
Your skin may burn. I say may because not everyone’s skin will burn. It depends on the health and type of your skin as well as how long you are in the sun. If you are deficient in antioxidants and vitamin B, you are much more likely to get a sun burn as your skin is not healthy enough to take in the UV rays properly. Those with darker skin are able to have their skin act as a built in sunscreen which means they will have a much harder time getting burnt.
Most Favorable Option
Get your body well maintained with proper high quality nutrients, specifically vitamin B and antioxidants. Limit your exposure in the sun and wear cotton clothing as it can help protect you from getting too much sun. Use ONLY mineral based sunscreens when absolutely necessary. Check health food stores for these types of sunscreens. They work just as well and do not contain the same harmful chemicals.
Least Favorable Option
Using sunscreen all the time. Sunscreen blocks your body’s ability to generate vitamin D through chemical process assisted by the sun. This is why sunscreen should not be used every time you go out. Not only does it contain harmful chemicals, but it can make you vitamin deficient. There are easy natural ways of protecting your skin, why use chemicals that have been linked to cancer and make you vitamin deficient?
Vitamin D is a very important nutrient and having proper levels of vitamin D in your body has been found to be responsible for the decrease of 4 out of 5 cancers of every kind as well as other diseases.
Sunscreen Accelerates Cancer
Research released by the Environmental Working Group, a Washington-based nonprofit, claims that nearly half of the 500 most popular sunscreen products may actually increase the speed at which malignant cancer cells develop. The main reason? They contain vitamin A and its derivatives, retinol and retinyl palmitate.
The FDA has known about the dangers of vitamin A in sunscreens since ordering a study 10 years ago. Unfortunately, they have done little about the results and haven’t said much to the public.
“Retinyl palmitate was selected by (FDA’s) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition for photo-toxicity and photocarcinogenicity testing based on the increasingly widespread use of this compound in cosmetic retail products for use on sun-exposed skin,” said an October 2000 report by the National Toxicology Program.
Even mainstream media is aware of the risks as AOL news reports other issues with sunscreens:
- The use of the hormone-disrupting chemical oxybenzone, which penetrates the skin and enters the bloodstream.
- Overstated claims about performance.
- The lack of needed regulations and oversight by the Food and Drug Administration.
It is beneficial to read your sunscreen bottle and determine if any of the following chemicals are found, if so, it may not be the best product to use.
- Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), including octyl-dimethyl PABA
- Benzophenones, especially benzophenone-3
- Cinnamates, namely octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC)
- 4-methyl-benzylidene camphor (4-MBC)
Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen has reportedly “infuriated cancer experts” by describing sunscreen as “poison”.
According to the Daily Mail Bundchen refuses to use it on herself or her family because of the chemicals they contain.
“[Bundchen] made the comments at the launch of her own organic skin care range, which presumably doesn’t include sun care lotions.”
Bundchen is also controversial on a few other issues, regardless of being the highest paid supermodel in the world. She also has stated that it should be against the law for healthy mothers to give their baby infant formula full of sugar, and often soy.