Lets begin by saying that, NOT ALL SUNSCREENS ARE CREATED EQUALLY.
Most sunscreens completely block the body’s ability to manufacture Vitamin D. Statistically, 75% of us are deficient in Vitamin D and Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a higher risk of cancer and heart disease.
There are two ways that a sunscreen can protect the skin from sun damage: with a mineral barrier or a chemical one.
Mineral sunscreens typically include ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which create a physical barrier to protect the skin from the sun.
Chemical sunscreens use one or more chemicals including oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. These sunscreen chemicals raise some special concerns because many are able to cross into skin and other tissue.
A new research by the EWG reveals that the chemicals commonly used in sunscreen are endocrine disruptors, estrogenic and may interfere with thyroid and other hormone processes in the body.
Oxybenzone, which is linked to hormone disruption and cell damage that may lead to skin cancer.
Octyl-methoxycinnamate causes oxidation damage of the skin, which ages your face.
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).
Vitamin A derivative, retinyl palmitate, that is often used in sunscreens was shown to speed up the growth of cancerous cells by 21%.
Methylisothiazolinone, which the American Contact Dermatitis Society named as its “allergen of the year”.
Fragrance. Its petroleum based product that is linked to organ toxicity and allergies.
Avobenzone - A new study published in Chemosphere found that the common sunscreen ingredient avobenzone can actually turn toxic when exposed to chlorine. This can potentially result in kidney and liver dysfunction and nervous system disorders, as Inhabitant reports.
Spray sunscreens have additional dangers, especially if inhaled.
These sunscreens full of toxins are destroying not just our health but also killing our coral reefs:
"Up to 14,000 tons of sunscreen enter the world’s reefs annually, according to a 2015 paper published in the journal Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. Most of it contains a chemical called oxybenzone to deflect UV rays.
Even in minute doses, the researchers found, oxybenzone rapidly bleaches coral and slows new growth: A single drop in 4.3 million gallons of water — about six and a half Olympic-size swimming pools — is enough to be deadly. "
Are there any alternatives to chemical and mineral sunscreens that we can try?
When you'll be in the sun for longer periods, cover up with clothing, a hat or shade (either natural or that you create using an umbrella, etc.). A safe sunscreen can be applied after you've optimized your daily vitamin D production.
With and SPF value of up to 60 for UVB wavelengths and 7.5 for UVA, raspberry seed oil is the best sunscreens that nature can provide and you absolutely must use raspberry seed oil in any homemade recipes that you have for sunscreen.
With an SPF of 6 for UVB, jojoba oil does an average job of stopping UV rays from entering your skin, however, it does keep your skin moist by retaining moisture and also has anti-inflammatory properties to minimize the damage done by UV rays
Shield your face from the sun daily using a safe sunscreen or a hat, as your facial skin is thin and more prone to sun damage like premature wrinkling.
Consider the use of an "internal sunscreen" like astaxanthin to offer additional protection against sun damage.
Consuming a healthy diet full of natural antioxidants is another incredibly useful strategy to help avoid sun damage to your skin. Fresh, raw, unprocessed foods deliver the nutrients that your body needs to maintain a healthy balance of omega-6 and omega-3 oils in your skin, which is your first line of defense against sunburn. Fresh, raw vegetables also provide your body with an abundance of powerful antioxidants that will help you fight the free radicals caused by sun damage that can lead to burns and cancer.