Learn these sunscreen facts - Pay attention when you choose

You may find some of these sunscreen facts very enlightening and hopefully you will begin to pay more attention when choosing a safe sunscreen.

I have!

Sunscreen facts ...the ingredients

As of June, 2011, nearly 33 years after it began considering regulation of sunscreen products, the FDA has still not reviewed or certified the safety of chemicals formulated into sunscreen products.

Let's look at a vitamin A derivative called Retinyl Palmitate, commonly used in sunscreens and other skin care products.

For some years, government and independent scientists have been investigating this chemical as a possible photocarcinogen ...meaning that it may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions on sun-exposed skin.

Do we want this in our sunscreen ingredients? For some reason, I don't believe most of us do!

A study by the Environmental Working Group revealed that less than 2% of sunscreens are both 'low hazard' and 'effective'.

You want to know why?

Mainly because all the other 98% contain Harmful Chemicals! : ((

The good news is, we don't have to buy any of those other 98%! :))

Further down below I'll show you a list of potentially harmful chemicals, commonly used in those `hazardous`, `non-effective` 98%, followed by a list of friendly safe ingredients.

Sunscreen facts related to UVA rays and UVB rays

UVB rays reach the surface of our skin and it is here that we can receive the benefits of Sunshine Vitamin D.

If you receive too much UVB rays, your body automatically stops receiving vitamin D benefits and your skin starts being sunburned, thus damaging your skin. (Later on in life that sunburn from years ago can show up as Actinic Keratosis or even Squamous Cell Carcinoma, as it did with me.

Therefore, you do not want the sunscreen you use to contain so much UVB blockers that you do not receive any benefits of Vitamin D, as the sun is the best source of Vitamin D that we have.

On the other hand it must contain sufficient UVB blockers to prevent the surface of your skin from being damaged by sunburn.

Knowing the above, you can understand that we want a sunscreen that doesn't contain so much UVB blockers that we can't receive any vitamin D, and at the same time we don't want it to contain so little that we will be sunburned and sun damaged.

It takes a really Good Sunscreen to do this.

UVA rays are damaging in that they penetrate the skin deeply and can cause skin cancer (often Melanoma) and premature aging.

So we want a sunscreen that BLOCKS UVA exposure to reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Make sense?

Here's a good tip: 

Never use a product called a "Sunblocker". A sunblocker eliminates ALL the UVA and UVB, resulting in NO benefit whatsoever of any Vitamin D.

It would be well worth your while to go to "Safe Sunscreens", here you can watch a video by Dr. Edward Gorham of the University of California. He enlightens with sunscreen facts he has researched on the dilemma of skin cancer and sunscreen.

Using a safe sunscreen is the best measure anyone can take to guard against Melanoma and keep your skin from aging prematurely.

When you do venture into the sun, ...remember ...Moderation is the key.

If you are at High Risk, have received radiation or you have a history of cancer in the family, you should be very careful to NEVER overexpose yourself to the sun. You should always follow the directions on the label.

More facts about sunscreen

I said above that I'd show you a list of potentially harmful chemicals followed by a list of friendly safe ingredients.

Potentially Harmful Chemicals

• Para amino benzoic acid

• Oxtyl salicyclate

• Avobenzone

• Oxybenzone

• Cinoxate

• Padimate O

• Ciozybenzone

• Phenylbenzimidazole

• Homosalate

• Sulisobenzone

• Menthyl anthranilate

• Trolamone salicyclate

• Oxtocrylene

• Octinoxate

• Nano zinc oxide

• Octisilate

• Insulizole

• Methoryl SX

• ...there are more

Some of the good ingredients, you should look for

• Sunflower oil

• Lecithin

• Coconut oil

• Glycerine

• Jojaba oil

• Tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E)

• Shea butter

• Caprylic Capric triglycerides

• De-ionized water

• Zinc oxide dimethicone (instead of titanium dioxide)

• Sorbitan olivate

• Allantoin

• Kigelia extract

• Aloe ferox extract

• Green rooibos extract

• Black tea extract

• Broccoli sprout extract

• Cape chamomile oil

More Tips:

Don’t be fooled when you read ...“natural” and “healthy” on the label. Read the ingredients listed to be sure you’re not rubbing toxins into your skin.

Educate your children and teach them to avoid sunburn and overexposure. The results of severe sunburn and overexposure may not show up until they are adults, even in their 40’s.

It’s always a good idea to use a safe sunscreen to prevent overexposure to the Ultraviolet Rays. Keep some with you for these times.

No need to put away the sunscreen during the winter. The UV rays go on year round. Do remember to take some with you on that winter vacation in the sun. It may be more expensive where you’re going.

Have these sunscreen facts helped you?

Eat Healthy, keep your skin healthy, from within and without, and live a long happy and healthy life!

Links related to Sunscreen Facts:
Safe Sunscreens
Best Sunscreen
Aloe Vera as a Sunburn Remedy
Safe Cosmetics
Natural Skin Care Tips

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Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick

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The Weather Channel has done well posting this information and photos to help you spot skin cancer, including melanoma.
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The bottom line is to get an expert's opinion about any suspicious mole or lesion on your skin. If necessary, get a second opinion  and/or request a biopsy. it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

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