Here comes summer – but stay away from cancer-causing sunscreen
Summer is finally on its way and we all want to get out into the sun – but a word of warning before you reach for that sunscreen.
The answer is of course you wouldn’t!
So it’s appropriate that we should give you a timely reminder about sunscreens.
It seems that we are repeatedly misinformed by the health authorities and the mainstream media – nothing we hear is accurate. So we can understand if you’re feeling a little confused right now and wondering whether you should wear sun protective lotions and creams.
Chances are though, if you pop into your local drug store to pick up a bottle, it will contain dangerous chemicals, which at best could irritate your skin and at worst, could actually cause cancer.
Like us, you’re probably wondering why patented sunscreen products can’t be made from all-natural ingredients. Well, that’s simply because the FDA won’t allow it!
If a truly natural sunscreen product was to be made using exotic botanicals with powerful sunscreen properties, it could never be marketed as “sunscreen.” Shocking, we know. But the FDA is blinkered to what actually works, and only two natural ingredients the FDA has allowed to be sold as sunscreen are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
The result is that practically all conventional sunscreen products contain cancer-causing chemicals, parabens, harsh alcohols, toxic chemical solvents and petroleum oils. But we also want to offer a word of warning if you think you are buying a “natural” sunscreen because you may find that this too, contains chemicals.
Scan the label closely and leave it on the shelf if you see any words that you can’t pronounce! Anything starting with methy, propl, ethyl etc should give you a clue. Even sunscreens that are badged as “organic” can be hiding the truth. You should never buy a fragranced sunscreen as many of these perfumes are simply cancer-causing chemicals and once absorbed through the skin, can affect major organs like the liver.
You’re probably asking whether it’s safe to go out in the sun without a sunscreen? Our advice is: Be sensible. If you have pale skin and are planning a whole day on the beach, then we’d recommend a completely natural and organic product (check that label!)
Vitamin D deficient
It’s worth bearing in mind though that we are now a nation where 70 percent of the population is Vitamin D deficient – perhaps now the most widespread vitamin deficiency in North America. According to the research, 70 percent of whites are deficient in vitamin D, and up to 97 percent of blacks are deficient.
Now we all know the benefits of Vitamin D – warding off depression for one – but did you know that chronic vitamin D deficiency can promote cancer as well as winter flu and infections, osteoporosis and hormonal imbalances? So by blocking out vitamin D production in the skin, sunscreen products actually contribute to cancer-promoting nutritional deficiencies. Would you really want to take that risk?
It might sound implausible, but nutrition can also lead to sun resistance. It’s true – what you eat can affect your ability to block out the sun’s harmful rays and allow the good ones to boost your health. It’s basically sun protection from the inside!
Sun protection from the inside out
How do you do it? Simply by eating antioxidant-rich foods and superfoods. The supplement astaxanthin, for example, is well known for boosting your skin’s natural resistance to sunburn. Its fat-soluble carotenoids are actually transported to skin cells where they protect those cells from UV exposure.
The more natural antioxidants you have in your diet, the more sunlight your skin will be able to handle without burning. Nearly everyone mistakenly believes that a person’s sunlight burn response is purely a genetic factor. They’re wrong. You can radically improve your resistance to UV exposure through radical dietary changes.
So there’s never been a better time to change your diet than the summer. Cut out that junk food!
That’s not from sunscreen; it’s from nutrition. Sun exposure does not make your skin “age” if you follow a high-nutritional density diet.
And despite what we are constantly being told, UV exposure alone does not cause skin cancer. It’s a myth made up by the profit-driven sunscreen companies. The truth is actually more complicated: Skin cancer can only be caused when UV exposure is combined with chronic nutritional deficiencies that create skin vulnerabilities.
To create skin cancer, in other words, you have to eat a junk food diet, avoid protective antioxidants, and then also experience excessive UV exposure. All three of those elements are required. Conventional medicine completely ignores the dietary influences and focuses entirely on just one factor: Sunscreen vs. no sunscreen. This is a one-dimensional approach to the issue that’s grossly oversimplified to the point of being misleading.
So our advice for a health summer: Stick with truly natural sunscreen products (when needed) and try to build up a healthy tan while consuming large quantities of superfoods and antioxidants in your diet. Consider taking astaxanthin or other fat-soluble nutrients on a regular basis. Engage in daily juicing of fresh fruits and vegetables which are loaded with living nutrients. Time your sun exposure to build up a healthy tan so that you don’t need sunscreen at all. Contrary to all the misinformation we’ve all been fed, a healthy tan is actually a good sign that you’re achieving adequate vitamin D synthesis in your own skin.
And don’t forget you have a whole range of natural alternatives to manufactured, over-the-counter sunscreens. Here are just a selection:
Macadamia nuts provide vitamins, minerals and antioxidant fatty acids, making them rich sources of iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous and Vitamin E. Macadamia nut oil also contains a natural phytochemical called cinnamic acid, which provides a variable SPF (sun protection factor) level of 6.
This has an abundance of natural Vitamin E and is a helpful source of Vitamins K, B and choline which helps to moisturize. It also acts as an antioxidant to prevent free radical damage. Research shows that sunscreen comprising wheatgerm and Vitamin E has a natural SPF rating of 20.
Soybeans are high in essential fatty acids, protein, lecithen, iron and calcium. Used topically on the skin, it has a natural SPF of 10. We recommend you try and source non-GM soybean oil.
Carrot Seed Oil
A study published in Pharmacology magazine reported that products containing carrot seed oil are thought to have a natural SPF of 38-40. Carrot seed oil has significant antioxidant and antiseptic properties with high levels of Vitamin A.
Native pacific islanders have been using coconut oil sunscreen for thousands of years. It has properties as a natural bug repellent and an SPF of around 7.
Red raspberry seed oil
Raspberry seeds are a rich source of essential fatty acids and antioxidants and they contain high levels of omega 3 and omega 6, as well as natural Vitamin E. The oil has an SPF of between 28 and 50 and also contains anti-inflammatory properties.
Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii) is a natural vegetable fat extracted from the nut of the African tree Vitellaria paradoxa. The nut is primarily comprised of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, as well as Vitamins A, E and F, and Carotene, which soothe and hydrate skin while boosting collagen. It is very water resistant and has an SPF of between 6 and 10.
Hemp seed oil
Hempseed oil is beneficial because it helps deflect some of the harmful UV rays without affecting the all too important absorption of vitamin D. It also helps repair damaged skin and is an excellent emollient for dry skin. Hempseed oil contains essential fatty acids, vitamin E, and chlorophyll, all of which act as potent antioxidants.
Other oils that can be used are: Cottonseed, peanut, sesame, avocado, olive, cod liver, sunflower and castor.
Do you have any tips or recipes for natural sunscreens you want to share on the blog? We’d love to hear from you.
Keep an eye out on the blog too for our all-natural recipe for sunscreen that you can make in you own home with a few, simple ingredients. It costs a fraction of the over-the-counter lotions and creams you can buy from your drug store – and of course it doesn’t contain any hidden nasties or dangerous chemicals. Keep stopping by – we’ll be posting it soon!
Remember to always consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before embarking on any treatment, it’s your health and it’s IMPORTANT. Disclaimer
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