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Is Sunscreen Safe

Is Sunscreen Safe


Naples Beach Florida

Now the summer is here and it’s great to be able to spend more time outdoors and go to the beach.

However, almost daily, there are warnings on the news and in the newspapers about being in the sun, that it’s dangerous, you can get skin cancer and so on.

But it’s important to spend time in the sun, because we need it. Most people don’t get enough sunlight during the winter months.


Our bodies NEED the sun’s ultraviolet B rays

to produce vitamin D. 


Vitamin D is necessary for a good immune system, our bone strength, and even to prevent cancer according to some research.

It appears, to at least some extent, that the dangers of the sun have been overemphasized while the benefits have been minimized. 

William Grant, a PhD, conducted a study that revealed that 30 percent of cancer deaths could be prevented each year if vitamin D levels were higher.

That’s right: the very thing that so many hide from may not cause cancer, but rather protect from it. However, the UVB rays can also cause a bad burn and reddening if we stay in the sun too long and that is not good

Therefore, we usually put on a sunscreen to protect us from this.


But is sunscreen safe to use?


And what should you know about sunscreen to choose the best one?

Most people think that using a “high SPF” sunblock is the best choice, but it’s actually not…  

Those high SPF sunscreens can instead give you a more serious sun damage. The higher the SPF the MORE damage you can get.

How come?

Because the SPF factor tells you only how much the sunscreen is blocking the sun’s ultraviolet B rays. Not the UVA rays.


UVA rays don’t burn your skin.

So you can’t tell when you’ve had enough.


The UVB rays are the ones that can blister skin and directly damage your skin cells from overexposure. But UVB rays only make up 3-5% of the UV radiation hitting the earth.

The rest are UVA rays and these penetrate deeper into your body.

They can lead to early signs of aging like leathery skin, wrinkles, age spots … and in the case of heavy overexposure, DNA damage and increasing the risk of melanoma and photodermatitis

If your sunscreen says “broad spectrum” it deflects some UVA. But “broad spectrum” doesn’t tell you how well it works against UVA rays. Neither does the SPF factor.

Studies show people who use high-SPF products are exposed to as many or more ultraviolet rays, than those who use lower-SPF products.


Those big SPF numbers can easily give you

a false sense of security.


When you use SPF 30 you can spend much more time in the sun without the burn. But chances are you’re not getting good protection against UVA rays. Meaning, you get more UVA damage without even realizing it.


Another thing you should ask yourself before putting on sunscreen on yourself or your kids:


What’s in it and is this sunscreen safe to use?


You should be aware of that mass market sunscreens are full of harmful chemicals that may disrupt hormones and even promote cancer.

Researchers at the University of California discovered that the chemical oxybenzone, a common ingredient in sunscreens to absorb UVA and UVB, boosts the production of dangerous free radicals in your skin after just 20 minutes of exposure to the sun!

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) says 56% of beach and sport sunscreens contain oxybenzone (benzophenone-3).

After doing studies, the EWG believe that oxybenzone is linked to hormone disruption and potentially to cell damage, that may lead to skin cancer.

The EWG also warns consumers to avoid sunscreens with retinyl palminate. Studies have found that this type of vitamin A may increase risk of skin cancer when used on sun-exposed skin.

Sunscreens that contains vitamin A or retinol may actually speed the development of skin tumors and lesions when sunlight is present.


Here are some basic guidelines about safe sunscreens

you can follow so that you can spend more time

in the sun and playing it safe:


1) First build up your skin’s NATURAL internal readiness for sun exposure.

When you get sunlight on your skin regularly, it builds up melanin. That’s the pigment that darkens your skin and it’s nature’s built-in sunscreen.

If your skin is light, it just takes about 20 minutes a day without sunblock to stimulate melanin production. It may take about an hour if your skin is darker. This gentle tanning allows you to increase your time in the sun without burning.


2) Use a SAFE sunscreen

Choose a non-toxic sunscreen lotion with SPF 15 or max. 30. This way, with a lower SPF, you’ll notice when your skin start getting a little red that you’ve had enough sun for this day.
The safest sunscreens to use, according to EWG and other health experts, are sunscreens with *zinc oxide as the active ingredient.

Natural zinc has a broad range and protects as a barrier against both UVA and UVB rays. Also: Zinc doesn’t harm or irritate your skin, instead it promotes skin health and it also won’t produce or aggravate acne.

Tip: => Visit The Environmental Working Group for a list of safe sunscreens which contain non- toxic ingredients and offer protection from damaging UVA rays without compromising UVB exposure.


However, people who have inflammatory skin conditions like eczema should avoid zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, according to some dermatologists. They have expressed concerns about the use of these compounds since tiny cracks in the skin of people with eczema could allow these compounds to enter the bloodstream.

There are also sunlotions made of only natural ingredients, also without zink, if you search, you can find recipes online if you want to make your own!


3) Don’t spend the whole day on the beach and take a break from the sun during the hottest hours

You should avoid being in the sun between approx. 12 pm – 3 pm when the sun’s rays are the hottest.

And during these hours, put on a t-shirt and a sun hat for better protection.


4) Avoid using spray-on sunscreens (aerosol)

Vitamin A and toxic chemicals are not the only thing should avoid. You should also avoid spray-on sunscreens, even though they are easier to apply.

The Food and Drug Administration has concerns that aerosol sunscreens can be inhaled during application. Both the chemicals and the nanoparticles of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide (found safe in other forms) worry scientists, who say that these particles are easily ingested.

These particles can penetrate lung or skin tissue into the bloodstream, and may then cause severe organ damage.

Aerosols can also be dangerous because they are highly flammable.


5) Don’t use sun protection with a high SPF ALL the time

The reason for this is if you always use sun protection, you won’t get the important D-vitamin in your body!

If you use sunscreen all the time, There is a potential risk of vitamin D deficiency . Typical use of sunscreen doesn’t result in vitamin D deficiency, but extensive usage may.

Depending on your skin type and where you live, you should be able to spend 10 – 60 minutes a day in the sun without any protection at all so that your body can produce enough vitamin D.


6) Wear Sunglasses

Also: Protect your eyes.

Make sure you and your kids wear sunglasses with UVA/ UVB protection. To look directly into the sun can cause sight damage.


My recommendations of safe sunscreens


You can find safe sunscreens in natural health shops and also on Amazon. Check the ingredient list and also EWG’s recommendations.

This summer I have tested two, for me, new sunscreens:




Both have Zinc Oxide as the active ingredient, and have a good score on EWG’s website.

I’m happy with both, but they are different.

Loving Naturals is softer and easier to apply, whereas Badger “stays” more visible on the skin, it’s a thicker lotion and your skin looks white and a little bit “blueish”.

However, this Badger sunscreen that I’ve tested is mainly meant for kids and people spending lots of time in the water, so I’ve used it mainly on my son who is 11 years old, and loves to be in the water. There are other sunscreens from Badger too.


Final words: Enjoy the summer and the sun,

and know what is in your sunscreen!




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References and Sources for this post:

1. Cadet, et. al. “Sensitized formation of oxidatively generated damage to cellular DNA by UVA radiation.” Photochem Photobiol Sci. 2009;8(7):903-11.

2. “What’s Wrong With High SPF?” The Environmental Working Group 2014 Guide to Sunscreens

3. Autier P, et. al. “Sunscreen use and intentional exposure to ultraviolet A and B radiation: a double blind randomized trial using personal dosimeters.” Br J Cancer. 2000;83(9):1243-8.

4. Schwartz, J.R., et al, “Zinc and Skin Health: Overview of Physiology and Pharmacology,” Dermatologic Surgery, July 2005; 31(s1); 837-8475. Norval, M; Wulf, HC (October 2009). “Does chronic sunscreen use reduce vitamin D production to insufficient levels?”. The British journal of dermatology 161 (4): 732–6. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2133.2009.09332.x. PMID 19663879.

5. Al Sears, Mda: http://www.mypureradiance.com/natures-gift-to-your-skin/

6. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2715209/

7. “CDC: Americans Carry Body Burden of Toxic Sunscreen Chemical”. Environmental Working Group. March 25, 2008. Retrieved July 23, 2014.

8. http://www.thealternativedaily.com/1-worst-sunscreen-avoid-costs/

9. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/cancer/articles/2010/05/25/is-sunscreen-dangerous-4-sun-protection-dos-and-donts-sunscreen?page=2

10.  William Grant, PhD, https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/blog/the-latest-research-vitamin-d-and-cancer/



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