While the mainstream has everyone covering themselves from head to toe, 24-7 to protect against the dangers of the sun, what about the dangers of what you’re slathering all over your largest organ (your skin)? Not all sunscreens were made equal. The problem with most of the sunscreens on the market is that they contain ingredients that in fact might be causing allergic reactions as well as cellular changes, and hence cancer! Hard to believe, right?
Ideally you would never ever spend excessive amounts of time in the sun and never let yourself get a sunburn. Since, that’s virtually impossible for most, here are some options that do the same job of protecting, but have a much safer profile overall. These mineral-based options deflect the sun’s rays rather than absorb them, which is what synthetic chemicals do.
As usual, the natural route is a little pricier and harder to find, but the price tag is definitely worth it and your closest health food store should have at least one or more of these options. It’s summer so definitely enjoy the sun, but try to do it naturally more safely!
And last, but not least I was going to add my much loved Dr. Hausckha option, but I see this very sad news: Dr.Hauschka Skin Care discontinues existing sun care range.
Very sad. I used this one a couple years ago and really loved it, especially for sensitive skin.
Well there are still a bunch of options here, but let me know if anyone wants more or has questions!
SOME GOOD INFO:
- A recent article surprisingly in the mainstream news: Study Warns of Sunscreen Dangers
- A very informative article by the Environmental Working Group: Sunscreens Exposed: 9 surprising truths.
- The New York Times: What We Still Don’t Know About Sunscreens
- My recent post: Vitamin/Hormone D, the Sun & Your Health