Are you using “dangerous” sunscreen”

Why (Most) Sunscreen is Harmful

Posted on June 29th
“…Recently, reports from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Consumer Reports have warned consumers against using many types of conventional sunscreens, especially on children.
Sunscreen is Harmful?

Sunscreen use has risen in past decades, as media outlets and doctors tout the benefits of sunscreen for protecting against skin cancer and sunburn. The problem with this billion dollar a year market: not all sunscreens are created equal and in many cases sunscreen is harmful, not helpful.

Here’s why:

There are two ways that a sunscreen can protect the skin from sun damage: with a mineral barrier or a chemical one.

Mineral sunscreens typically include ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which create a physical barrier to protect the skin from the sun.

Chemical Sunscreens…

Chemical sunscreens use one or more chemicals including oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate….

Some of the Most Toxic Sunscreens and Safer Options
June 04, 2014
“…EWG Releases Toxic Sunscreens’ List

Top-selling sunscreen brands including Neutrogena, Rite Aid, Walgreens “Well” brand, “Up and Up” brand from Target, and Coppertone were among those that made the most toxic list. Most contained the following three “red flag” ingredients. If you see them listed on the label of your sunscreen, throw it away and choose another:…

How to Choose a Safer Sunscreen

The sunscreens featured in EWG’s best sunscreens’ list do not contain the three toxic ingredients listed above. In lieu of the skin-penetrating hormone-disrupting chemicals like oxybenzone, the safer sunscreens tended to use non-nanoparticle sized zinc- and titanium-based mineral ingredients, which block the sun’s rays without penetrating your skin. Additionally, here’s what to look for when choosing a safer sunscreen:3

Avoid Spray Sunscreens: These are incredibly popular, especially for kids, but the convenience comes at a price. When the sunscreen is sprayed, toxic particles are released into the air, making them easy to breathe in, with unknown health effects.

Spray-on sunscreens may also contain flammable ingredients, and there have been reports in which a person wearing the sunscreen received serious burns from coming close to an open flame.4
Avoid Super-High SPFs: Higher SPF sunscreens (SPF 50+) are not intrinsically harmful. However, there’s evidence that the higher protection level gives people a misleading sense of security, encouraging them to stay in the sun longer than they should….

The Best Natural Sunscreen Alternatives and The Dangers of Chemical Sunscreens, from
Health • Mind • Body • Spirit
*true story of someone that didn’t use sunscreen and sharing the health effects she suffered

Which sunscreen is “safe”?

I currently use this sunscreen

Trader Joe's Refresh Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Face & Body Sunscreen Very Water Resistant (80 Minutes)  $14.30 the Product    Lightweight Formula    Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection    Non-Comedogenic (Does Not Clog Pores)    Fragrance Free, PABA Free    Oil Free

This is my first “fragrance-free” sunscreen after reading so much about the “dangers” and “use-less” of some sun screens out there.

Unfortunately, I didn’t use it when I “really” need to…

I’ve been putting various creams to heal this “peeled” skin area. In the meantime, I’ve been putting sun screen more on this particular area (just put some today-8.15.15- when I went biking)

Safe Sunscreen // Laura’s Natural Life

Laura’s Natural Life
Published on Jun 16, 2015

Today’s topic is safe sunscreen! I consulted the EWG’s Safe Sunscreen Guide for 2015 to find some natural, non-toxic sunscreens to share with you. Brands include Honest Co, Juice Beauty, Sunology, Raw Essentials, and more.

21 of the Best Natural Sunscreens

“These safe sunscreens not only protect your skin from sun damage and cancer, but also come free of suspect chemicals, like parabens, oxybenzone, PABA and retinyl palmitate. Free yourself to enjoy the outdoors!…

“….Sunscreen, sunblock and sun lotions are all unhealthy products that you don’t want to put on your skin. They are full of chemicals that are toxic to the body and will only serve to pollute your system. It also “allows” people to stay out in the sun for longer periods than what is truly healthy, much better to allow the skin to slowly adapt and build up a tolerance over time. Patience is needed. Granted, in extreme conditions like climbing a mountain or running an ultra marathon there’s probably a place for a little bit of sun cream, but technically those activities aren’t directly healthy in the first place.

Different skin types react to sun exposure in different ways and tanning may happen faster or slower. People with a fair, northern skin should exercise extra caution when slowly building their tan whereas black people are able to stay exposed for much longer periods without getting sunburnt. ..

Ways to get that “sun tan” naturally?

How to avoid sunburn without the use of sunscreen

*“Sun bathe before 10am and after 4pm…shadow longer than you” to avoid betting “burned”

7 tricks and tips for a sexy, safe tan By Cosmopolitan 10 June 2016
How to enhance and prolong your tan without damaging your skin

“…But taking a daily 25g beta-caretone supplement can. It doesn’t mean you need less sunscreen, but it boosts skin’s natural defence against UV by improving its ability to tan.”

Try Imedeen Tan Optimizer tablets which prepare the skin for the sun and protect cells from UV induced oxidative stress using a duo of antioxidants.
6. Eat sun-friendly foods

Certain foods are known to increase lycopene, the skin’s own SPF. An antioxidant found in tomatoes, and other red and orange fruit and veg, it can boost your sun protection by a whopping 33%. One of the best sources is tomato paste – did someone say spag bol?

Dermatologist Dr Samantha Bunting says “I’m a big fan of a group of antioxidants called polyphenols. Green tea is a great example. Sip it after a sushi lunch.” (Fish, rich in omega-3 has anti-inflammatory powers too).

Dark chocolate is packed with flavonoids that can help protect against sunburn, while caffeine is thought to help cut your skin cancer risk. “It’s best taken in an espresso shot right before you hit the beach” she says….”


8 Natural Ways to Prevent a Sunburn (And Sunscreen’s Not One of Them)
“…What can we recommend to friends and family who aren’t quite on board with the whole deal but still want protection from the sun? Let’s take a look at some potential supplements and dietary strategies.

Eat Some Lycopene

Lycopene, that famous carotenoid found in tomatoes,

…Get Some Vitamin D

A common anecdotal report is that supplementing vitamin D increases sun tolerance and protection against sun damage,

Get Your Long-Chain Omega-3s and Ditch the Omega-6s

Eat Plenty of Saturated Fat

…If you’re gonna be out in the sun, better eat your butter, palm oil, and coconut oil, eh?

Sal MonteagudoDecember 3, 2014 · Edited · -Coconut Oil Health Benefits of Coconut Milk Oz reveals the benefits of Coconut Oil Oil Benefits, One of the Best Oils to Consume sure to buy organic coconut oil. Most Walmarts carry it on the aisle with the other cooking oils (it's less than $7 at mine), also health stores should have them as well.more benefits of Coconut... News Health

…Drink Tea

Tea, especially green tea, offers a complex arsenal of antioxidant compounds.

How to Get Tan Naturally | 3 Easy Steps & Foods to Get Tan Skin

“Published on Aug 6, 2016

How to Get Tan Naturally | 3 Easy Steps & Foods to Get Tan Skin consist of Ways and Foods to Get Into your body for Tan Skin Complexion Boosting. Please Follow the step and foods into your diet for 5 Portions a Day for effectiveness. For Whitening, please AVOID eating this foods since they can cause your skin colour to turn dark, warm or tan.

We need that sun, but how much?

How do I get the vitamin D my body needs? from
“….The two main ways to get vitamin D are by exposing your bare skin to sunlight and by taking vitamin D supplements. You can’t get the right amount of vitamin D your body needs from food.

The most natural way to get vitamin D is by exposing your bare skin to sunlight (ultraviolet B rays). This can happen very quickly, particularly in the summer. You don’t need to tan or burn your skin to get vitamin D. You only need to expose your skin for around half the time it takes for your skin to turn pink and begin to burn. How much vitamin D is produced from sunlight depends on the time of day, where you live in the world and the color of your skin. The more skin you expose the more vitamin D is produced.

You can also get vitamin D by taking supplements. This is a good way to get vitamin D if you can’t get enough sunlight, or if you’re worried about exposing your skin. Vitamin D3 is the best kind of supplement to take. It comes in a number of different forms, such as tablets and capsules, but it doesn’t matter what form you take, or what time of the day you take it…

This could be just 15 minutes for a very fair skinned person, yet a couple of hours or more for a dark skinned person.

You don’t need to tan or to burn your skin in order to get the vitamin D you need. Exposing your skin for a short time will make all the vitamin D your body can produce in one day. In fact, your body can produce 10,000 to 25,000 IU of vitamin D in just a little under the time it takes for your skin to turn pink. You make the most vitamin D when you expose a large area of your skin, such as your back, rather than a small area such as your face or arms….
How Much Sunshine Does it Take to Make Enough Vitamin D? Perhaps More Than You Think!
October 29, 2009
“…As mentioned in the article above, figuring out how long to stay in the sun in order to produce sufficient amounts of vitamin D can be tricky business, although as a general rule of thumb, you’d want to expose as much of your body as possible to sunlight until your skin turns the lightest shade of pink.

However, the calculator created by the Norwegian Institute for Air Research could be helpful as well, especially if you have darker skin. But I would still only use it to get a general guideline. ..

How to Know if You Are Getting Vitamin D from Sun Exposure

“Published on Mar 23, 2012

The images used in this video belong to The United States Naval Observatory (USNO). For more information, please visit……

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