Best Sunscreen is an Organic Sunscreen
There are thousands of sunscreens and sunblocks out there. The vast majority of them are loaded with carcinogenic chemicals (cause cancer) – kind of defeats the purpose of protecting skin from skin cancer doesn’t it? Aside from some of these chemicals causing cancer, some are hormonal disruptors, cause liver damage, kidney damage, skin damage, birth defects, dermatitis, breast cancer, clogs pores and genetic mutation – attacks your DNA! Obviously the best sunscreen contains none of these chemicals.
Organic sunscreens / natural sunscreens (also known as biodegradable sunscreen). Do not contain these nasty chemicals. As in natural nutrition, the closer you stay to nature, the better. So read the labels on any suntan lotion, sunscreen lotion or sunblock lotion and stay away from chemicals that are detrimental to your health. Sun protection by using a sun screen or sun block is vital so if you are in the direct sun for an extended period of time, wear sunscreen.
Avoid These Ingredients in your Sunscreen:
- Parabens – Endocrine disruptors
- Octyl salicyclate
- Sodium laurel, lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate – becomes nitrosamine
- Mineral oil – clogs pores, disrupts hormonal function
- Propylene glycol – Dermatitis, kidney and liver abnormalities
- Padimate O (PABA) – attacks DNA, causes genetic mutation
- Octyl-dimethyl (PABA) – same as above, different name
- Octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC) – kills skin cells
- Toluene – liver and kidney damage, birth defects
- Acrylamide – breast cancer
- Menthyl anthranilate
- Phenol carbolic acid – Circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma, death from respiratory failure
- Trolamine salicyclate
The Sun is Good for You
If you listen to the TV, radio, print media, medical journals, you would swear sunlight is your worst enemy! Nothing could be further from the truth. Think about it. The promotion and use of sunscreen over the last 30 years has been universal. During this same time, the most common skin cancers, basal cell cancer, squamous cell cancer, and melanoma have also risen. Why would they rise if more and more people are “protecting” their skin with sunscreen lotions and sunblock lotions?
Unless you have been living in a cave, you could not have avoided all the press about the health benefits of vitamin D. D3, the natural form is best. The best way to obtain vitamin D is to expose your skin to 10 to 20 minutes of direct sun, without suntan lotion or sun block. THEN use an organic sunscreen (which is also a biodegradable sunscreen) to prevent sun burn and skin damage. The sun is only strong enough during the summer to produce vitamin D through your skin (converts cholesterol to vitamin D). Vitamin D is a powerful cancer fighter and preventer also. So by blocking the sun, you are blocking the production of vitamin D. During all other seasons, supplement with vitamin D3.
The sun’s rays are many but as far as sunburn goes, UVA and UVB (ultraviolet radiation A & B) are the culprits. The sun protection factor – SPF is the rating of the blocking of UVA and UVB rays. If you burn in 10 minutes without sun screen, an SPF 30 sunscreen will give you a sun protection of a factor of 30 or 30 times longer before you burn (instead of 10 minutes, you would not burn for 10 x 30 = 300 minutes or 5 hours).
We have established the benefits of tanning and vitamin D production. One must be conscious of their exposure so not to burn their skin. Go a short time working on your suntan without using sunblock, then apply an organic sunscreen with the appropriate SPF for:
- How sensitive to the sun your skin is
- The time of day (sun’s strength)
- Length of time in the sun
As important as sunscreens are to protect your skin from skin cancer, skin damage, wrinkles and aging – moisturizers, skin conditioners , nutrition and antioxidants will protect and rejuvenate your skin. Certain nutrients like coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 and resveratrol have a repairing effect and anti aging properties. If you spend a lot of time in the sun or want radiant, glowing skin, consider adding these nutrients to your nutritional regimen.