How Chemical Sunscreens are Harmful
Researchers have identified harmful ingredients in sunblock that may increase the risk of skin cancer. Chemical sunscreens contain one or more of the following endocrine disrupting agents:
Clinical research has discovered that many of the chemicals present in sunscreens are in fact, endocrine-disrupting agents. 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.
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, prevents vitamin D manufacture, as too would staying indoors.
It has been said that 75% of us currently have a vitamin d deficiency.
Understanding Ultraviolet Radiation and the Sun
Knowing how to tan safely means understanding a little more about sun exposure and how ultraviolet radiation reaches our skin. Even where we have taken the precautionary measures to protect our skin from sun damage, the sun’s UV rays may reach us or cause us to burn, when we least expect it. Factors such as where the sun is positioned in the sky,Â ground surface reflectivity and cloud cover are just a few variables that affect how much UV radiation our skin is exposed to. The Sun’s UV radiation
also has the ability to diffuse. Interestingly, even though there may be shade, large sections in the sky that do not have cloud cover have the ability to reach your skin.