Which Sunscreen Is The Healthiest Choice?
We are told you have to use sunscreen or we will get cancer. We want to look at the truth of this; are there any effects from using sunscreen, best choice for sunscreen, is sunscreen enough, and the benefits of the sun.
Sunscreens use one or more chemicals including Oxybenzone, Avobenzone, Octisalate, Octocrylene, Homosalate and octinorate. Chemical sunscreens commonly include ingredients that act as”penetration enhancers” and help the product to adhere to the skin. Spray sunscreen can be even more harmful because you are breathing in tiny particles of the chemicals. As a result, many of the sunscreen chemicals are absorbed into the body and have been found in blood, breast milk, and urine samples.
The main draw back of sunscreens are that most brands are laden with toxic chemicals such as:
- Oxybenzone, which is linked to hormone disruption and cell damage that may lead to skin cancer
- Retinyl palmitate, which has now been proven to be carcinogen.
- Butyl-Methdiebenzoylmethane, which releases free radicals into the body.
- Benzophenone 2 (BP2), decreases the function of the thyroid, in a population that is already seriously suffering from hypothyroidism (under active).
The best natural sunscreens have minerals like Zinc, Titanium, or Mica which are natural minerals that create a physical barrier to protect the skin from the sun. It is good to look for a product that also contains antioxidants which are crucial to defend against inflammation of the skin. However read the label on all natural sunscreens too, because although they may say they are natural,and have some natural ingredients they also may have some harmful chemicals added. You can google BWG (Environmental Working Group) to check out the safest sunscreens to use.
However sunscreens are not enough because you need to enhance your sun protection from within your body. You do this by boosting your immunity in the body by taking antioxidant supplements. So most people think they don’t need Vitamin C in the summer, but it is a very important supplement to take to protect the skin, along with Sea Vegetables, Vitamin E, Phospholipids and Aloe Vera
The Benefits of the Sun
We are making a whole generation Vitamin D deficient with the fear of the sun. Sunscreens stop the sun’s ultra violet rays from creating Vitamin D in the body, which is essential for many functions such as:
- bone health
- supports the immune system
- protects against dementia and brain aging
- good for losing excess fat
- essential for decreasing symptoms of asthma
- strengthens teeth
It is very important for eye and brain health too. The retina is the only outside nerve that has direct contact with the brain. It is therefore the best way to get the sun’s vital rays directly to the brain itself. When the sun rays enter the brain via the optic nerve, it stimulates the pituitary gland to secrete HGH (human growth hormone). This significantly boost the entire immune system, as well as strengthening the eyes them self.
The most harmful rays are between 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. So before 10:00 AM and or after 2:00 PM if you can go with out your sunscreen and sun glasses it will benefit your whole body. Of course if you are going to be out all day especially around the water you want to wear your sunglasses to prevent sun glare on your eyes. written by Mary Brickell
Any questions about this topic contact me at mary@healthy by choice.biz
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