Did You Know...Some Sunscreens Actually Increase Your Risk of Cancer?

As Floridians, most of us are constantly exposed to the sun's intense rays. But that's not necessarily a bad thing! It's very important that we spend time outside in moderation to absorb Vitamin D which is critical for healthy bone development and more. However, it only takes one bad sunburn for us to immediately regret our decision not to apply anything to protect our skin. But before you start lathering on generic sunscreens--AKA those that spray out hazardous chemicals, advertise high SPF's or contain oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate--it's time to learn about some concerning risks.

Your typical sunscreen will be armed with chemicals that block both UVA and UVB radiation which prevents your skin from burning. However, the mixture of chemicals found in most generic brand sunscreens have correlated to an increased risk of cancer and other harmful side effects. As our skin absorbs the toxins found in most sunscreens, it will pass them through our blood stream causing hormonal changes, changes in skin PH, allergies and disruptive reproductive development according to thetruthaboutcancer.com.

Although scientific research shows that the mix of chemicals found in sunscreen increases the risk of developing melanoma, Vitamin D deficiency is also associated with an increased risk of developing cancer.

SO KEEP ON EMBRACING HEALTHY AMOUNTS OF SUNSHINE!

Just be sure to use the best countermeasures for protecting your skin.

Now let's talk about ways to do that:

1. Apply aloe vera and coconut oil-both are great healing supplements which will enhance skin microflora. Apply either product before and after sun exposure to help nourish your skin. *Click here for sunburn salve

2. Wear protective clothing if you are going to be in the sun for an extended amount of time. Hats, tents and umbrellas should be your best friend if you plan on spending a long day at the beach.

3. If you need extra coverage, we recommend purchasing Beauty Counter's toxic-free, lightweight formula from BeautyCounter.com.

Beauty Counter is our favorite and most trusted sun care brand. Not only does Beauty Counter's sunscreen guard against the sun's powerful rays, it is chemical-free, lightweight and safe for the lips, face and body.

4. Or try making your own chemical-free sunscreen, provided by thetruthaboutcancer.

Ingredients: • ½ cup almond oil • ¼ cup coconut oil • ¼ cup of non-hydrogenated vitamin E (from a reputable source) • ¼ cup beeswax or shea butter

*contact the office for a reputable source*

Directions:

1. Combine ingredients into a pot and place over low heat. 2. Stir ingredients until well combined and distribute into small jars for storage. 3. Store in a cool and dry place until ready for use.

Resources:

https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/sunscreen-ingredients-cancer-risk/

https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/

*Medical Disclaimer* All information contained on this website is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and is neither intended nor suited to be a replacement or substitute for professional medical treatment nor for professional medical advice relative to a specific medical question or condition.

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