This is so important…and TRUE.
Think about it just for a minute…
We ALL need to go Back to Basics.
Your Sunscreen May Cause More Harm Than Good
Summer’s almost here, and there’s no better time than now to take a look at your sunscreen (sunblock, suntan lotion, etc) and learn a thing or two about what yours should and shouldn’t have on the ingredients list:
According to the Environmental Working Group, the most effective, and least harmful sun protection should have the minerals zinc or titanium listed as main ingredients. These are the ingredients that actually block out the sun’s harmful rays without the use of harmful chemicals, and have a lower chance of penetrating the skin, therefore getting into the bloodstream. However, avoid sun-protecting sprays, since the zinc and titanium nano-particles can be inhaled this way.
Sunscreens that use chemicals as UV blockers are often hormone disruptors that penetrate the skin. Sunblock should NOT contain Benzophenone-3 (Oxybenzone), which is a hormone disruptor that is absorbed though the skin. You should also avoid sunscreens that contain Vitamin A (aka: retinyl palmitate, or retinol on ingredients labels). Vitamin A is often added to creams/lotions due to it’s anti-aging properties — this is also the same reason it is added to many sunscreens. However, studies show that vitamin A is photocarcinogenic, which means, when exposed to sunlight, it becomes cancerous. When exposed to the sun, Vitamin A can do more damage than good. This can further damage the skin, and create free radicals, increasing the risk of cancer.
By the way, don’t assume that just because it’s sold in a store, that your sunscreen is safe. The FDA has not yet set finalized regulations for sunscreen (or for any cosmetic products, for that matter). The FDA claimed it would start to regulate sunscreen back in the summer of 1978 — almost 33 years later, and sunscreen is still not regulated.
Take a look at the EWG’s Top Sunscreen Picks for 2011:
Visit these links to learn about these sunscreen issues in more detail:
Nanomaterials and Hormone Distruptors in Sunscreens: http://breakingnews.ewg.org/2011sunscreen/sunscreens-exposed/nanomaterials-and-hormone-disruptors-in-sunscreens/
The Problem with Vitamin A: http://breakingnews.ewg.org/2011sunscreen/sunscreens-exposed/the-problem-with-vitamin-a/
FDA Fails Consumers: http://breakingnews.ewg.org/2011sunscreen/sunscreens-exposed/fda-fails-consumers/
Imagine if a persistent, toxic chemical was being added to all sorts of products you use everyday: soap, toothpaste, cosmetics, shaving cream, even toys and underwear. Imagine being told that it was put there to keep you safe from disease, when in reality it could end up making you sicker by contributing to antibiotic resistance. Imagine your food was being grown in fertilizer contaminated with this chemical, and that government tests found it in 75% of Americans. Finally, imagine you had an opportunity to do something about it.