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Sunscreen..damned if you do..damned if you don`t ?



What do oxybenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, octinoxate, and avobenzone have in common? They’re all chemicals you have probably spread or sprayed all over your body more than once via your sunscreen!

 

We have been told to ALWAYS USE sunscreen to avoid burns, exposure to those dangerous UV rays, and to ultimately stop skin cancer, but it could be a bit of a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation, as chemicals like oxybenzone may also contribute skin cancer.

 

 

Here’s the thing about oxybenzone: It penetrates your skin and then increases the production of DNA-damaging free radicals when they’re exposed to light, possibly leading to cell mutations and in turn.. cancer. In fact, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) calls this chemical and 8 out of 10 on the hazard scale and should be avoided.That being said..the oxybenzone reacts with the UV and prevents the UV from reacting with your skin (aka sunburn). Its whats known as a sacrificial free radical.... So if you don`t use sunscreen you could also possibly end up with cancer or at least a sunburn.....

 

The same is true of octocrylene, which is used in sunscreen to allegedly protect the skin, while keeping it moist at the same time.  It acts as a photosensorizer, meaning—like oxybenzone—it increases the production of free radicals when it is exposed to sun. 

 

Heres the problem....: Is it possible that the chemicals in most sunscreensdoing more damage than good???. In fact, when the EWG tested more than 1,400 sunscreens, only 5 percent of them met safety standards, and more than 40 percent of them were found to contribute to skin cancer. Also, because chemical sunscreens are a relatively new science (on a grand scale of things)....there are few long-term studies on the side effects...

 

So, what to do?

 

Avoiding the sun altogether seems like a bad idea, seeing as you know you need Vitamin D, and the best place to get that is from the sun.

 

As a sidenote, there’s evidence that suggests that sunscreen can even act to block Vitamin D absorption, so if you’re wearing it, you might not only be doing damage to your skin, you might even be preventing yourself from getting that Vitamin D, which is what you were after in the first place! This study even suggests wearing sunscreen can lead to Vitamin D deficiency: (https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317278.php).

 

Another option is to go without sunscreen. But again, if you’re prone to bad sunburns you might find yourself in a lot of pain for a couple days. And, of course, the whole cancer thing from not protecting yourself from the sun. Sigh....its a quagmire...

 

A potential solution: Mineral Sunscreens

 

Generally-speaking, mineral sunscreens are made from simpler compounds, but beware: Some of them still do contain many of the chemicals I outlined at the outset. Mineral sunscreens work by providing a physical sheild between you and the sun...aka..zinc  (the white stuff) . They also block Vitamin D...

Anyway..FYI...thats an pic of older mineral technology...but its an excellent visual representation of how it works...lol.....those are my thoughts on sunscreen...

Coach Viv