Sunscreen was invented in 1936 by the founder of L’oreal. Since then (almost 100 years later) it has become quite normalized to put sunscreen on before going into the sun. Before we talk about the dangers of sunscreen it’s first important to know that skin cancer rates have risen consistently from 1994 to 2014 by 77%!!
In other words, rates of skin cancer from the mid nineties till a decade later grew by more than 7% yearly. At that rate, skin cancer has become almost normalized to people. But is skin cancer truly normal? Is this something we have to consider normal?
Like Any Beauty Product, Look Within It..
The great thing about the internet is that it’s the great equalizer. You can research fully and make your own conclusions. When I was younger I would slather sunscreen on and then I came to learn that beauty products such as skincare, haircare and even oral care products had some pretty nasty ingredients in them.
Naturally, this led to me looking at the back of my sunscreen lotion and recognizing that these weren’t chemicals I wanted on my skin.
You see, your skin is the largest organ on your body. What you put on your skin gets in your pores, especially when in the hot sun as the sun opens your pores right up!
There are certain ingredients that are commonly found in sunscreen that are not only carcinogenic (or carcinogens) this simply means that these are cancer causing chemicals, but also chemicals that are endocrine (hormone) disrupting to the body. Chemicals that interfere with normal biological and cellular function.
Chemical Ingredients To Watch Out For In Sunscreen:
- Benzophenone (Potential Carcinogen, known hormone disruptor)
- Octinoxate (Known Hormone Disruptor)
- Sulfates Like SLS (Disrupts hormones)
- Parabens (Hormone disruptor)
- Phthalates (Hormone disruptor & linked to Breast Cancer)
- Fragrance (Known Carcinogen)
- Synthetic Colors (Can Harm Brain Function)
- Talc (Known Carcinogen)
- Propylene Glycol (Cancer causing and causes respiratory disorders)
- PABA (Hormone disruptor)
- Oxybenzone (Hormone disruptor)
- Ethoxycinnmate (Hormone disruptor)
- Homosalate (Hormone disruptor)
It Goes Beyond Hormone Disruption & Cancer
What you have to understand is that these above chemicals are simply being tested for their potential to be a carcinogen (cancer causing) or to be a hormone disruptor. This does not mean that they cannot harm the body in other ways. They could effect the health of the blood, lymphatic system, immune cells and so much more. We really do not know.
What’s interesting here is that the research seems very half assed if I say so myself. Much of it is ‘questionable’ and seems to sugarcoat these chemicals in their formulas. Not only can these chemicals age your skin, but they can disrupt your hormones and if they are carcinogenic even lead to cancer developing on the skin.
Do You Want To Risk Your Skin & Body Health?
The question then becomes do you want to risk the health of your skin and body health? If there are even 2 or 3 of the ingredients above that cause cancer and disrupt your hormones, is it worth it? Is the sun really that dangerous that we need chemicals to separate ourselves from the sun?
There Are Natural Ways To Protect From The Sun
There are natural ways to protect from the sun, with oils from the earth and that is it. No crazy chemicals, no synthetic questionable ingredients. Take a look at these natural SPF oils.
- Carrot Seed Oil (40 SPF)
- Raspberry Seed Oil (30 SPF)
- Wheatgerm Oil (20 SPF)
- Avocado Oil (15 SPF)
- Coconut OIl (8 SPF)
Additionally, there are actually internal things you can take that act as a sun protection mechanism from getting burned or reddened by the sun. The whole point of ‘sunscreen’ in the first place. You can eat Lycopene before and after sun exposure to reduce the chance of burning by 25% alone. Lycopene is an antioxidant found in watermelon, tomato, papaya, pink grapefruit and pink guava.
You can also take other antioxidant and water rich fruits and vegetables to reduce your chance of being damaged by the sun in any way. It sure beats going into the sun and eating dry packaged foods such as crackers, chips or cookies. The sun is going to dry you out even more. Eat foods that have water in them such as fruits or vegetables. These hydrate you internally and provide antioxidants to counteract the oxidative effects of the sun’s UV rays.
Additionally, there is a POWERHOUSE antioxidant known as astaxanthin that I have taken in supplement form. Astaxanthin is an antioxidant that is abundant in sea food but that’s about it. In supplement form I have taken this internally and gone from a Michigan sun in the winter time, which is very weak to Costa Rica, right near the equator, and not used one drop of sunscreen and did NOT burn at all.
Astaxantin is an antioxidant that builds up in your body over time and when you have enough of it, you are quite literally immune to being burned by the sun. It’s incredible. It also happens to support eye health and joint health! So, if you are sensitive to sunlight in your eyes or have any joint pain, this is a must to try for you. I personally use the Nutrexx Hawaiian Astaxanthan that you can get on amazon here.
If you apply a topical natural SPF oil such as raspberry or carrot seed oil and take antioxidants internally, as well as eat Lycopene rich foods there is no way the sun will damage your skin at all. It may sound counterintuitive to you, but it does work and if you want your skin to be healthy and to prevent cancer as well as messing up your hormones, these are healthy alternatives to try!