Summer is almost here and as much as we love the relaxing summer days, we need to pay more attention for protection from the sun. UV rays are getting more and more harmful every year due to climate change all around the world. Sunscreens are the usual protection alternative we first turn to, but many of them contain toxic ingredients that may harm our skin and body.
Below are six dangerous sunscreen ingredients you need to watch out for:
Oxybenzone – A chemical that aids other chemicals penetrate the skin. When exposed to UV rays it undergoes a chemical reaction. This can result in a reaction similar to eczema According to studies this chemical is a hormone disruptor that can negatively affect your endocrine system..
This chemical is one of the most common ones found in SPF sunscreens. Octinoxate is especially designed to protect the skin from sun-induced aging, but experts believe that it can be the cause for premature aging. The skin and skin cells are damaged by the free radicals Ii produces.
Homosalate helps sunscreen better penetrate the skin. After the skin absorbs it , this chemical accumulates quickly in the body. It builds up at a rapid pace and the body cannot get rid of it.The homosalate build up becomes toxic and disrupts the body hormones.
- Retinyl Palmitate
This chemical acts as antioxidant that is designed to improve sunscreen’s performance against UV exposure. Unfortunately, retinol compounds break down when exposed to the sun’s UV rays. This reaction produces free radicals that are harmful for DNA. Also, research has shown that retinyl palmitate can even accelerate the developmen of cancerous cells and skin tumors when applied to the skin.
These chemical can cause hormone disruption, allergies, reproductive and developmental toxicity. They are often used in deodorants, cosmetics and sunscreens.
Octocrylene absorbs UV rays and produces oxygen radicals that can damage the cells. When octocrylene is absorbed by the skin, it can accumulate in the body in high amounts. It can end up causing cell mutations, and it’s also toxic to the environment.
This chemical is toxic for the environment. It absorbs UV rays and produces oxygen radicals that are harmful for skin cells. When the skin absorbs octocrylene it can accumulate in high amounts in the body. This can lead to the creation of cell mutations.
Natural Sunscreen Alternatives
It’s important to protect your skin from the sun. It’s equally important to make sure you’re protected by ingredients that aren’t harmful to you. Try a natural, organic sunscreen this summer! Here are a few to consider:
The protection of your skin during the summer is very important. It is also very important that you use ingredients that are not harmful for you and your skin. So why don’t you try an organic and natural sunscreen that you can prepare at home.
Although we cannot verify the SPF factor at least natural sunscreens don’t have endocrine system disruptors or other dangerous compounds. In the end , a sunscreen should be a last resort , staying in the shade would be the safest way of avoiding harmful UV rays.
Homemade Sunscreen Ingredients
- ¼ cup coconut oil(natural SPF 4)
- ½ cup almond or olive oil
- ¼ cup beeswax
- 2 tablespoons Shea Butter (natural SPF 4-5)- optional
- 2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide (Make sure you don’t inhale the powder).
- Up to 1 teaspoon Red Raspberry Seed Oil– optional
- Up to 1 teaspoon Carrot Seed Oil– optional
- Optional: Essential Oils, Vanilla Extract or other natural extracts in your preference (Be careful not to use citrus essential oils as they increase sun sensitivity)
Mix all of these ingredients and store them in a glass jar and put a lid. Fill a saucepan with a couple of inches of water and place over medium heat. Place the jar in the pan – the ingredients will melt as the water starts heating. After all the ingredients are melted add the zinc oxode and stir well. Store the jar in a room temperature.
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