Most people around the world love to enjoy the sunshine! It's so important to protect our skin from the sun, but recent research shows that putting harmful toxic sunscreens on your skin can have dangerous effects on the skin and organs.. NOT all sunscreens are created equally and most are harmful to us!
There are different ways in which the skin can be protected from sun damage.. This can be with either a mineral barrier or a chemical one. Mineral sunscreens will include ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which create a physical barrier to protect the skin from the sun and they are natural UV Filters. Chemical sunscreens use one or more chemicals including oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. These sunscreens raise alot of health concerns as new research reveals that the chemicals commonly used in them are carcinogenic, endocrine disruptors, cause allergies, penetrate through the skin into your organs and may interfere with thyroid function!
Oxybenzone, which is one of the most common chemicals in sunscreens was found in 96% of the American population by a recent study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This is extremely alarming since oxybenzone is considered an endocrine disruptor, can reduce sperm count in men and may contribute to endometriosis in women. The EWG warns against using oxybenzone, especially on children and pregnant or breastfeeding women. Of the 1,400 plus sunscreens tested by the EWG, only 5% met their safety standards and over 40% were listed as potentially contributing towards skin cancer. So, what is in a chemical sunscreen could potentially give you skin cancer!
Mineral sunscreen is a much safer option. Sunscreens that don't use chemicals and use a natural UV Filter can protect you from the sun without the possibility of causing severe health issues. Opt for a sunscreen that contains organic and natural ingredients not chemical ones. Apart from the fact that a lot of well known sunscreen brands are tested on animals they are also extremely toxic and poisonous to the human body. Investing in a mineral sunscreen will leave you protected against the sun and feeling better for it :) Enjoy the sun safely!