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Sunscreen- Good or Bad?

Did you know that ingredients of some sunscreens can be potentially harmful to your health?

 

With the increase in sun related cancers many lather up with sunscreens believing it willSunscreen help reduce sun related cancers.  Recent medical research is suggesting that some ingredients in sunscreen are in fact having a detrimental effect with continuous use. 

 

These ingredients can mimic estrogen and accelerate the production of free radicals in the body. 

 

The following is a list of ingredients to be aware of and avoid:

  • ocryl-dimethy-PABA
  • Octyl Methoxycinnamate
  • Homosalate
  • 4 Methyl-benzylidene camphor (4-MBC)
  • Benzophenone-3

 

We all need sunshine to stay healthy. It is one of the essential ingredients for maintaining vitality. That does not mean that we should all go out and get sunburned. That should be avoided as it is likely to lead to an increase in skin cancer. However, prudent exposure to the sun, integrating and listening to your body, will not.  Adding chemical ridden sun screens is not a good way to limit your sun exposure. Staying out of the sun early on in the season and limiting your exposure until your system adjusts by increasing melanin pigmentation in your skin is.  I usually suggest doing this by starting with about 10 minutes of sun a day and working slowly up to several hours a day.  If you know that you will be out for an extended period of time, bring protective clothing.

 

There are several companies that make a clean and chemical-free sunscreen.  Some of them include:


 

Additionally, consuming many whole vegetables will increase antioxidant levels in the body which will also provide protection against any free radical damage from the sun.

 

Alison

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