Sun safety is a fact of life.
Our skin is the outer layer protecting the inside of our body. Our skin, therefore, needs usÂ to implement sun safety strategies, so that we areÂ protected from our environment. In doing so, we must also take into consideration the sun and its health benefits, particularly in its ability to synthesise Vitamin D. Removing sun exposure entirely is not the answer to “sun safety”. We must practice careÂ to ensure that we get just enough sun, without putting ourselves at risk for overexposure. Â Overexposure to our sun’sÂ damaging UV rays will result in premature ageing and lead to the development of melanoma (skin cancer).
We need to ascertain which consumable products serve our best interest by weighing our the benefits and risk factors.
Our best source of vitamin D is acquired through sun exposure, thusÂ what options do we have in protecting ourselves against sun damage? How can we observe sun safety and still develop a healthy tan?
- Using sunblock and sunscreens to protect the skin from burning.
- Cover up your skin while outside and stay in shaded areas
- Stay indoors and fake your tanÂ
- Nutritional buffers alongside careful timing of sun exposure
Sunblocks and sunscreens are not as safe as we may realise.
It has come to the attention of researchers in aÂ clinical study that some contain harmful ingredients. Not only that, but in using a sunblock, one may increase their risk of developing skin cancer!
Mineral Sunscreens versus Chemical Sunscreens for Sun Safety
Before going out in the sun, millions of people will lather on a sunscreen to protect their skin. They will either use a chemical sunscreen or one that is a mineral barrier. Chemical sunscreens will contain one or more of the following chemicals.
Mineral sunscreens usually are made up of zinc or titanium dioxide. These create a barrier that is layered over the skin to serve as protection from the suns damaging UV rays.
Endocrine disruptors may be contained in the sunscreens we use to protect our skin
Clinical research has discovered that many of the chemicals present in sunscreens are in fact, endocrine-disrupting agents. The EWG reveals that besides interfering with hormonal messaging in the body, they also affect the thyroid gland. The most common of all sunscreen chemicals is Oxybenzone. Oxybenzone is an endocrine disruptor. It has been associated with a reduction in male sperm count. Oxybenzone is also associated with endometriosis. Children and pregnant women or those that are breastfeeding are warned against using sunscreens containing this chemical. In this study, the EWG tested a large number of sunscreens. 1400 to be exact. Â They tested these chemicals for compliance to safety standards. Only 5% of the sunscreens that were tested held up to safety standards. Another 40% were said to contribute to developing skin cancer.
Sunblock blocks our ability to manufacture Vitamin D, leading to increased risk of cancer and other diseases. Â
By blocking our Vitamin D, our cancer risk increases. There are also other ailments and diseases that correspond to having a vitamin d deficiency. Thus, covering up whilst outside, though it does limit exposure to endocrine disrupting agents, it is still preventing vitamin D manufacture, as too would staying indoors. It has been said that 75% of us currently have a vitamin d deficiency.
If you do not protect your skin against the potential damage of UV Rays, you are at risk of developing skin cancer as well as prematurely ageing your skin.Â There is also increased danger in sun avoidance, due to the fact that the sun provides us with the best source of vitamin D. Understanding how to receive a nourishing supply of sunlight without putting your skin at risk of harm is a matter of revisiting all which you have been told in the past and ensuring it represents the latest findings.
Skin cancer is a disease of the bodyâ€™s skin cells which is most often a result of skin cell damage. Skin Cancer beginsÂ in the lower layer of the epidermis which is the outside layer of the skin.
Skin cancer will develop when the skin has received too much of the sunâ€™s UVR (ultraviolet radiation). Â The cells then change and skin cancer can form. To protect ourselves from developing skin cancer in the future, we must limit the exposure to the suns ultraviolet radiation as well as tanning beds.
Skin cancer rates in Australia and New Zealand are among the highest globally. Newest statistics show an estimated number of new skin cancer melanoma diagnoses in 2017 to be 13,941. This includes 8392 males and 5,549 females.
Australia is located in the southern hemisphere where we experience high natural UV concentrations. The atmosphere is cleaner and experiences less pollution from big city industry. The southern hemisphere also receives more radiation than countries that are located in the northern hemisphere. Genetically, white Australians do not carry a large supply of melanin within the skin. Due to our ancestors immigrating from the colder climates such as England, this minimal supply of melanin (our natural sunscreen) leaves skin susceptible to burning.