Sunscreens have been around quite a while and we’ve all used them for sun protection.
They’re common in our homes and for everyday use but are these sun protectors even safe?
Researchers are finding that even though sunscreens might protect us from the harmful rays of the sun the chemicals used in them may be damaging our health.
What’s Wrong With Sunscreens?
Sunscreens may wreak havoc on our health because 9 of the 15 FDA-approved chemicals used in sunscreens get absorbed into the skin.
90% of the sunscreens lose their effectiveness in the first hour of application which means that they need to be reapplied often to block the harmful rays of the sun.
Unlike mineral sunscreens which include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which remain on the surface of the skin, chemical sunscreens get absorbed into the skin and enter the bloodstream.
A single application of chemical sunscreen exposes our body to toxins, which quickly scatter into our blood, urine, and other organs.
Something else you may not know: sunscreens are also damaging coral reefs which eventually hurts all the wildlife in our oceans.
These Chemicals Can:
- interfere with our hormones (especially with estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, and thyroid)
- cause abnormal development in fetuses and growing children including early puberty, and breast development in girls
- be the cause of infertility and low sperm counts
- increase the chances of prostate cancer in men and breast & ovarian cancer in women.
- create free radicals that lead to cancer
Does this make you think about the brands you use?
Check The UV Before You Go Outside
One thing you can do before you decide to use sunscreen or not is to check the UV Index.
You can find it in your Weather App on your phone or you can go to UV Index Search.
If the UV is higher than 5 then you should protect your skin if you plan to be in the sun more than a short while.
If the UV is 5 but it’s 4’oclock then the UV is going down and you probably don’t need sunscreen since the UV won’t be intensifying while you’re out.
As always, if you have fair skin don’t take any chances.
What You Can Do To Protect Your Skin Internally
Astaxanthin Supports Recovery from Exercise + Joint, Skin, Eye Health- Premium Antioxidant
First off, you can protect your skin from the inside with a natural supplement called Astaxanthin.
Not only does Astaxanthin protect your skin from burning it is also helps you recover from exercise and has anti-aging properties!
Read my full blog post about Astaxanthin here.
How To Select A Safe Sunscreen
While sunscreens have their benefits and protect us from the sun they should be used carefully after thorough research.
The Environmental Working Group issues safety ratings on sunscreens so you can find brands that are safe.
Around 75% of sunscreens contain harmful chemicals, but there’s still 25% left to make a choice from.
This year I bought this brand of lotion and this stick on Amazon.
It’s best to avoid the spray sunscreens because they can easily be breathed in and you don’t provide good coverage.
However, before I learned that we used this brand at our recent beach stay and didn’t get burned.
Check the ratings of your sunscreen at the EWG website.
Alba SportKidSport SPF 30Kiss My FaceBeyond Coastal
DIY Natural Sunscreen Recipe
There are many natural ingredients you can use to protect your skin.
I mentioned astaxanthin but you can also make your own sunscreen from essential oils and other natural plant oils.
Try this DIY sunscreen recipe by Crafty Christian.
Be sure to select organic ingredients since they will be absorbed into your skin.
Here are the ingredients you need:
- 1/2 Cup Shea Butter (get it here)
- 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil (get it here)
- 1/2 Cup Beeswax (get it here)
- 20 Drops of * Carrot Seed Essential Oil (get it here)
- 4 Tbsp **Non-Nano Zinc Oxide (get it here)
Melt together over low heat the shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax.
Keep stirring as it melts.
Once melted together remove from heat and add the zinc oxide and essential oils.
Stir until blended.
Transfer to a small glass jar with lid.
Cool mixture before using.
*Carrot Seed Essential Oil has a natural SPF of about 40
You may want to add another 20 drops of your favorite smelling essential oil if you don’t like the smell of carrot oil.
**Be sure to select NON-nano zinc so the particles don’t absorb into your skin
BeeswaxShea ButterCarrot Seed OilZinc Oxide
Will you look for less toxic sunscreen this year or try making your own?
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