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Is Your Sunscreen Making You Sick?

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Face it! You really can’t avoid the sun especially with summer fast approaching and hitting the beach is on the top of everyone’s list. What better way to protect yourself than with a good sunscreen?

The Environmental Working Group did a study on sunscreens and found most to be either very ineffective or loaded with carcinogens (yes, that means that your actual sunscreen could cause you cancer!) Even titanium dioxide, which was previously thought to be safe, has recently been proven to cause cancer, especially when used in sprays or in nanoparticles. In fact, with nanoparticle technology becoming super common in sunscreens, these carcinogens can easily get into your bloodstream and wreak havoc on your cells, so it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re wearing a non-toxic sunscreen.

Is Your Sunscreen Making You Sick?

That sunscreen you’ve been using? It may actually give you cancer!

Is Your Sunscreen Making You Sick? Fortunately, it’s simple to remember what’s safe; the only ingredient that is truly nontoxic and works as a sunscreen is zinc oxide. It’s relatively expensive as an ingredient and looks white until you rub it in, which is why many companies don’t use it, or only use it in low quantities mixed with chemical sunscreens that are cheaper or easily absorb into your skin. The problem with chemical sunscreens is that they aren’t effective and they are often carcinogenic.

Our favorite safe, zinc-oxide-based sunscreen is Badger’s SPF30 lavender-scented sunscreen, which is organic and has 100% healthy, pretty much edible ingredients. It absorbs without a lot of effort and smells great. Also, not only does lavender have a lovely scent, but has been found in studies to inhibit the generation of the type of free radical that causes much of the damage from UVA/UVB radiation. It also helps protect against cancerous changes—in one study, applying lavender oil reduced skin tumor incidence by 33 percent.

Another great choice is Honest Co’s sunscreen which comes in a lotion and a spray. We checked all the ingredients one-by-one, and they are all super-safe.

Also, when looking for sunscreen, make sure to read the label carefully. You should recognize the majority (or, better yet, all) of the ingredients in your sunscreen. As with all skin care, if you can’t read it, or you can’t eat it, you shouldn’t wear it. Period.

Here are some more tips:

The body’s first line of defense against the harmful elements of the environment is the skin. We often downplay the value of skin care as purely aesthetic, but we must understand that the failure to take proper care of our skin will not only make us look old, it can also make us sick. In fact, 1 in 5 people will develop skin cancer at some point in their life and 1 in 55 will be melanoma — the deadliest cancer.

Is Your Sunscreen Making You Sick?

According to a study by the American Academy of Dermatology, melanoma is the most common cancer for the age bracket of 25 to 29 years old. In fact, melanoma increases faster on 15 to 29 year old women than men. The study also showed that 40 percent, especially those under 30 years old, get their tans mostly from using tanning beds and frequent time in the sun.

“Ultimately, seeking to change the color of your skin is self-defeating because exposure to ultraviolet radiation – either through tanning beds or by seeking the sun – can lead to wrinkles, prematurely aging skin and even a diagnosis of skin cancer,” says board-certified dermatologist Zoe D. Draelos, MD, FAAD.

Urbanette held a brief interview with Dr Marina Peredo, founder of the Marina Peredo, MD, PC Dermatology and Spatique Medical Spa in Smithtown, New York. Marina, who has an incredibly impressive resume, told us about skin cancer, common skincare problems and how to protect ourselves.

Is Your Sunscreen Making You Sick?

Urbanette Magazine: What are the most common skin problems that often lead to skin cancer? What are the easiest and most basic ways to prevent these problems?

Is Your Sunscreen Making You Sick?

Dr. Marina Peredo: Actinic Keratosis is a rough dry scaly patch or growth that forms on the skin. These usually form when the skin is badly damaged from ultra violet rays (UV rays). AK’s may turn into a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma, or they can run the risk of getting other types of skin cancer. This condition can be prevented by wearing a sunscreen daily and being seen by a board-certified dermatologist on a regular basis.

Patients who have multiple moles, (dysplastic nevus syndrome), patients with type-one skin type (never tans, always burns), patients who use tanning salons and patients who had several blistering sunburns before age 18 are all at much higher risk for skin cancer.

“Ways to prevent aging and skin cancer include use sunblock, avoid tanning beds and have your skin checked by a dermatologist.”

Urbanette: How do you know you already have early stages of skin cancer; how do you detect it?

Marina: Recognition of changes in the skin is the best way to detect early melanoma. Follow the ABCDE rule (Asymmetry of a mole, Border irregularity of a mole, Color is not uniform, Diameter or change in size, Evolving of a mole that looks different from the rest). If patient sees any of the above, have it checked right away.

Urbanette: How often do I have to apply sunblock? What SPF should I use?

Marina: Make sure to use the right amount of sunblock , a shot glass full for each application. Apply sunscreen to dry skin 15 minutes before going outdoors every day. When outdoors, re-apply every 30 min and using an SPF of 30-always reapply after swimming or sweating. The sun emits harmful UV rays year round, plus youi have to look out for secondary sun exposure, so sunscreen needs to be applied even when it snows or when it’s cloudy. Wearing protective clothing (like Coolibar) helps and always avoid the sun between the hours of 11am to 3 pm.

Is Your Sunscreen Making You Sick?

Urbanette: What is secondary sun exposure, and can it really hurt me?

Marina: Secondary sun exposure is the UV rays your skin is exposed to when sitting near a window on the sunny day, in a car, from a reflection on water, and even on a cloudy day. And yes, while you may not get burned, it’s still rays hitting your skin, so you still need to wear sunscreen even when you’re not directly exposed.

Urbanette: How do you teach your patients about sun protection and what advice do you give them?

Marina: Pictures tell a thousand words and are a useful tool when trying to show my patients what can happen if they do not take precautions when out in the sun. I always encourage all of my patients, teens included, to wear a sunscreen every day (SPF 30), wear sun protective clothing, avoid tanning beds and get a spray tan or use self-tanner if you really want color.

Really, the best and simplest advice I could give you is simply to avoid the sun between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

A writer, artist and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

68 Comments

  1. Sarah Ubitel

    Yikes! Scary stuff. Had no idea sunscreen could be so dangerous…

  2. Rosemary Robles

    OMG, I never new mine was so bad. I am going to find a better sunscreen. I think that I prefer the whole food supplement instead after reading this. I very much enjoy your articles and I like to repost to inform others. Thanks for the heads up.

  3. Fern May

    I have been wearing sunscreen most of my adult life but lately I have discovered I have allergies to sunscreen. I have opted to by the ones made for babies as they give me a lesser reaction. It’s so depressing to think about all of the harmful things “beneficial” products have in them. Thanks for the research and the simple explanations that help us make more informed decisions about our health. It’s about time that people start asking what benefit or harm is being done with the long list of chemicals that constitute sunscreen.

  4. Elsie Spurlock

    Thank you Hilary for writing on this topic. I really appreciate this useful information! And yes, it will change how I shop for sunscreen. There’s a lot of posts going round at the moment about sunscreen. I heard from a coworker that sunscreens could be bad for us, but the person couldn’t tell me why, so I just ignored what she said. Makes me mad that companies can be so unethical about what they list on their labels.

  5. Esther Earl Harris

    I’ve never been a fan of sunscreen and rarely if ever put it on my son. We know that kids loves to play outside and in the sun quite a bit. My rule of thought here is, if they’ve been in the sun long enough, cover up or go indoors. For me, long sleeved shirts and hats are a must for long days in the sun. Very interesting article! Thanks!

  6. Hazel Collins

    I’m not sure how this post found me today; but I’m so relieved it did. I am going to do more and more research on conventional sunscreen now that I know it’s dangers. I use Sanre skin care products and love their mineral sunscreens. This is one of the most helpful and interesting post to be found online. Thank you ever so much for sharing. 🙂

  7. Alice Harris

    Everything you said is just spot on. I want to elaborate, but it would just be repeating what you already wrote. I’ve been eating my sunscreen for the past years with red and orange foods like tomato and carrots with great success. Of course, limited exposure and covering up. I think that a natural option is helpful for those long beach days. 🙂

  8. Elia Scott

    Nice article! I’m always preaching to my family, friend’s and co-workers the benefits wearing sunscreen. sunscreen is helping to prevent skin from skin cancer. Thank you for discussing it here. It will be very helpful

  9. Naincy Winget

    Excellent article! I use Devita facial moisturizer every day on my face (SPF 30).

    And I love Goddess Garden Organics Sunny Body Natural Sunscreen for more protection during hiking or at the beach. Both products are organic

  10. Ketty Ben

    Finally!……Someone who cuts through the hype and gives sensible and well-researched advice. This is great information concisely and well written.This is very helpful. Thank you

  11. Lana Urie

    I found over the years that I am highly allergic to PABA and I will only use physical sunblock such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. I’ve been avoiding chemical suncreen for decades. It is NOT good for your skin. Thankfully, I am sensitive to chemicals so my body tells me what to stay away from.

  12. Nicky Bryan

    This is a very insightful article. Thanks for all your very informative newsletters. I read them with great interest. Regarding sunscreens, I read somewhere “you will want to use a sunscreen product that contains the active ingredients of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.” I understood that titanium dioxide is to be avoided in vitamin supplements. Does this not apply to sunscreen lotions?

  13. Matilda Parker

    I have never use suncreens, and never will! Coconut oil works wonders and helps you body heal if you do accidentally sunburn. Avoid soaps when you shower for a few days (just rinse and maybe use a mild soap on your underarms) and your body heals itself from a sunburn much better. I fell asleep out in the noon sun in Hawaii (oops) and applied coconut oil for the next few days. Lobster the first day, lightly pink the second day and none of the pain I remember. I was burnt enough that you could see the bow pattern on my back. I eventually had a little peeling on my shoulders but not the kind of thing I remember happening when I was a kid.

  14. Emma Blackwood

    Even Doctors and Medical professionals seem to follow the old dogma about avoiding the sun. Or they say that only momentary exposure of a couple minutes a day is enough. Bad sunburns are dangerous but mild reddening of the skin can be cured overnight with the application of Aloe vera. The raw leaves of course are the best

  15. Susanna Milton

    what about a sunscreen that protects against UVA rays only???? All I see is both or only UVB protection. I understand if you cant get a tan at all, if you’re pasty white or something. But if UVB is so good why cant they make it to filter out the other? I’d go for that. – of course a natural lotion, not a chemical concoction.

  16. Jenny Permel

    I’m trying to mix my own homemade sunscreen for myself, and I’m really on the fence about adding zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. I burn very easily and I’m wondering if there is a more natural alternative. Will the natural SPF in oils like coconut, olive, or sesame seed etc..work on their own

  17. Evelyn Sandler

    I have lived in the Southern California Mojave Desert my entire life…

    As a child, I played outdoors, rode and cared for my horse and other pets, and later – intentionally tanned – all in the hottest part of summer… with NO sunscreen! I still tan outdoors, I refuse to use sunscreen, have never “fake-baked”…and am still told I look much younger than my age. Not only that, but I find that laying out and relaxing in the sun helps impart a sense of wellbeing and alleviates much of my fibromyalgia-like pain.

    Thanks to a coworker, I now also take D3, and use coconut oil as a supplement, and have started eliminating all artificial sweeteners, processed foods, and other junk from my diet. I am still hypothyroid, and overweight, but I’m working on it.

    A little hint for other sun lovers… after time in the sun, when I’m feeling a little dry and tight around the eyes, I dab on some raw organic virgin coconut oil. It’s not just good for your insides! Try it on your cuticles, hair, knees and elbows, etc.

  18. Melissa Princeton

    Gisele Bundchen says she avoids the afternoon sun which means she could be deficient in vitamin D because there is less UVB when the sun is low.

    I use the physical sunscreen on my face and wear a hat or hood when I’m out for a significant peroid of time. I use my arms and legs to get my vitamin D when my UV index meter reads at least 3 for maybe half an hour and cover up after. This way, the UVA exposure is minimized and the integrity of the vitamin D in the sebum is protected. The main concern for me is skin damage.

    The way the UV index is used can be quite deceiving because it is based on the erythema spectrum which quite closely correlates with vitamin D production but does not account for UVA exposure.

    Do tanning oils actually magnify UV exposure? People claim it helps increase the vitamin D production and scavenges free radicals formed during sunbathing. I bought the tanning oil with sunflower, almond oils, cocoa butter etc and would tan with it.

  19. Kathie Mickey

    Oh my!! I have been stressed about this for a while and thinking about harmful products. I have to agree that not all sunscreens are created equal and in many cases some are harmful and not helpful. Your article gives me some sense of peace & I plan on keeping it as a reminder. Big sigh of relief. Thank you so much Hilary for this!!

  20. Kimberley Foulkes

    Are all types of vitamin A toxic, even if they’re not in sunscreens and states that it’s made from a organic matter? There are many skin care products out there for anti aging, acne and hyper pigmentation with vitamin A as it’s main active ingredients. I alway’s believe it was safe as long as it was to be used at night only.

  21. Jae Medina

    This is a good article.

    However, it does not go into the fact that titanium and zinc, when used in nanoparticle form, can enter the bloodstream directly and be very toxic.

    Better to use no sunscreen at all but to protect yourself through clothing and limiting exposure.

  22. Christina Norelli

    I use pure organic lotions for my face (not sunscreens) and they include beta carotenes or natural forms of vitamin a.. so are you saying natural vitamin a is also toxic to the skin especially when exposed to sun, or are you saying only the synthetic version of vitamin a is toxic to the skin especially when exposed to sun? Thanks!

  23. Elin Hanks

    When I was 14-15 years old, I used sunscreen just about every day and did not believe that vitamin D is extremely important. There is no way to know if I could have grown taller. At the least, I should have received unfiltered sunlight for 20 minutes a day few times a week. We should be informed that there are better alternatives to chemical sunscreens and nanoparticles such as mineral sunscreens and UPF clothing. Most stores do not even carry the sunscreens that we are looking for except for health food stores.

  24. Debbie Jones

    I never use official sunscreen lotions, but a mix of vitamin C crystals and water will soak in to the skin and shield it from sun damage somewhat. I just sprinkle some in my hand, along with a dash of water and then rub it all over exposed skin. I’m somewhat on the fair side, but have found this does the trick for me to go out in the sun for moderate amounts of time without coming back burned. Also, unlike sunscreens, it doesn’t wash off if you go in the water. Hope it helps for when you can’t help being in the sun! It’s not bullet proof, but every little bit of safe protection helps. 🙂

  25. Pasty Clin

    I checked the two moisturizers I use on a regular basis and one has the ingredient Oxybenzone which I intend to throw away and the other moisturizer contains two sunscreen ingredients. One is Zinc Oxide (good) and the other is Octinoxate which I don’t see on the list of bad sunscreens. Is this a bad or a good sunscreen?

  26. Dana Rosatti

    I’m beginning to believe that Vitamin D3 and astaxanthin are essential in my diet regimen. I’m at risk for ARMD and also have diabetes that is finally getting under control. I was starting to see a rather large black spot in front of my left eye and a smaller one in front of my right eye upon waking in the morning about 6 months ago. Since taking astaxanthin, the spots have mostly gone away–only returning if I forget to take it. Vitamin D3 seems to be helping with the diabetes.

  27. Charleen Washington

    SYNTHETIC vitamin A is dangerous. Natural vitamin A (from foods) is not. I don’t want people to think that all vitamin A is dangerous. In fact, consuming it from natural foods is absolutely necessary to health.

    Aloe vera also nourishes skin, if you can buy it pure (just check the label, commercial mainstream products often are not pure).

    Diet plays a huge role. Consuming coconut oil and other health fats protects against the sun.

    My kids have never worn sunscreen, nor will they (though I’ll admit I have a zinc-oxide-only one on hand, just in case we ever were unable to control exposure). They are very fair-skinned and go outside for hours in the middle of the day and they don’t burn. They’ve never burned. They eat so well and are so healthy that they just don’t. I am very fair too, and *used* to burn as a kid (badly), but since switching to real food, I don’t either.

  28. Deborah Henry

    I remember my childhood days when my family and me went to the beach or other sunny places… and the only “sun rays blocker” was coconut cream or more specifically oil coconut. I knew several persons that were dedicated to work at the beach, at the “quebrada” in Acapulco, and those divers NEVER used more than coconut oil in order to keep the skin healthy, staying at the sun ALL day, since they were working. All of them are now old, really old and as I know they never (not only one) developed some skin problem… no cancer no melanoma, nothing, those divers are the most healthy people in the world that never used a sun blocker from a laboratory, just coconut oil from mother nature.

    I am now a doctor, and recommend too to my patients the use of only coconut oil, and they report no sun burns… coconut oil alone is the best conditioner of the skin in order to avoid sun burns.

  29. Gwen Keaton

    My dad had a buddy who just loved to sit in the sun. We would go to San Felipe twice a year, and spend most of our time on the beach in the hot sun. While we all were sitting in the shade of the canopy he would be in the direct sun applying generous amounts of sunscreen. He would turn red and then a kind of purple/black. We would tell him to get out of the sun, but he ignored our concerns. At the age of 70 he started getting cancer melanomas on his back. His doctor had to cut huge chunks of skin off. He then got leukemia, shingles; and died at the age of 76. He was a pale New Yorker as we are. My dad used very little sunscreen and still have no cancers at the age of 72. We’ve spent and still do spend a lot of time in the southern California sun. I also have not used any sunscreens for years, but I get out of the sun when I feel “the burn”.

  30. Carolyn Robertson

    I LOVE this post! Thanks so much!!

    Remember everything we put on our skin gets partially absorbed by our bodies. Especially toxic chemicals. If you don’t want it on the inside, don’t put it on the outside.

    If a supermodel says something smart, she doesn’t need a PHD for it to be true.

    BTW, how did we ever survive thousands of years without our Ray Bans? We should all be blind by now.

    Sunlight in and of itself is not the cause of cataracts & other eye problems. It is the lifestyle and internal environment of the human that allows normally healthy sunlight to cause damage.

    Address the environment in your body and get it healthy and then ditch the sunglasses and sunscreen. 🙂

  31. Chiara Hill

    I’m curious to know what it means to be “responsible” with sun exposure. Is it safe to say that if you are in the sun (without sunscreen) and not getting burned, then you are safe? I don’t use any sunscreen on my children’s and they never burn (we are outside 2-3 hrs every day). Does the fact that they aren’t burning mean they are not being overexposed and are safe from any negative effects from the sun?

  32. More than “beauty” reasons, I’ve learned to use sunscreen even at a young age because I’m afraid of skin cancer. Thanks for the information, it will help me select the best product! Definitely trying your recommendation!

  33. Carol Warren

    Is Vitamin D produced IN the skin, or ON the skin? And must natural skin-oils be present, containing cholesterol? Or will other oils do the trick? And do our obsessively clean habits, washing away skin-oils daily, interfere with the whole process?

    I would love some clear answers, if anyone has them.

    • Daisy Clarke

      In short, D is produced ON the skin and may be washed off if you bathe using SOAP. So try to not use soap on the sun-exposed parts of your skin for at least 24 hours! According to some, it may take up to 48 hours for full absorption of the Vitamin D though.

  34. Im kind of confused is this speaking about vitamin a being toxic in general or stricly when used in the sun, sunscreen,etc?? because vitamin A is recommended by tons of derms for acne, hyperpgmentation, anti agin,etc to use at night

    • Leah Helms

      I agree, they put vitamin A in everything for your skin, including the Neutrogena “healthy skin” which works quite well. Maybe we can get some petitions to get rid of it. Petrochemical derivative? That should be mentioned on the label of such products.

      Also,food and vitamin mfgrs should be required to mention if their “food products” contain non-food type items or items not readily absorbed by the human body. Perhaps that would stop the use of iron filings in “iron enriched” cereals.

  35. Issabbell Symon

    I’ve never been a fan of sunscreen and rarely if ever put it on my kids. We are ranchers and in the sun quite a bit. The rule of thought here is, if you’ve been in the sun long enough, cover up or go indoors. Long sleeved shirts and hats are a must for long days in the sun.

  36. For sunscreen, I drink a teaspoon of melted extra virgin coconut oil in some

    raw juice before going outside. I get a beautiful tan, my skin glows, and I never burn.

    The trick is remembering to take it! I have forgotten to and burned!

  37. Oh no! I’m not protected 🙁 I honestly did not consider secondary sun exposure as harmful…

    Thanks for this informative article! Tips from skin expert!

  38. I’m not against sunscreen but I would never use sunscreen around the eyes. Everything you put around your eyes ends up IN your eyes. Like looking through scotch tape, not to mention what the chemicals eventually would do to your vision. Just wear a hat – or maybe enjoy the sun and forget about wrinkles.

    • I’m with you, Rachel! I don’t put and against putting chemicals around my eyes.

  39. my concern is that EVERYONE bashes the FDA but who is doing anything about the quality of their decisions or the education being fed to them? I of course am not doing anything about it athough I have written to them about the idiotic comments made about trans fats and how they are allegedly controlling it. Got no response. If everyone working for the FDA were at least 70, then maybe we would have a fighting chance but the baby boomers who are running our lives now feel we have to have “change” from the “olden days” and think everything they do is better. you will never get thru to them.

  40. Monika Smith

    Great post! I definitely shared this article with my friends. It’s so crazy to think about all of the harmful things “beneficial” products have in them. Thanks for your research and the simple explanations that help people make more informed decisions about their health!

  41. Bravo for a great report Hilary. 🙂 Since sunscreen was introduced into the market, skin cancer has more than doubled. That should be a huge RED FLAG, but the FDA is true to form, supporting BIG BUSINESS, not public safety as you said in your article. The FDA has become a BIG JOKE and can not be trusted for anything relating to health. Keep these kinds of articles coming.

  42. Very good information! I’ve read a little on GNM and its made me more interested! The cancer “experts” are ignorant wooses of a quacks who know nothing about real health. Many of them still don’t know cancer is caused by nutritional and enviromental factors. Not genes!

  43. Lulia Jan

    Great article! I prefer getting our internal sunscreen from carotenoids in food like carrots, strawberries, spinach, red bell peppers, peaches and tomatoes among others! Astaxanthin from orange ocean algae is not in the human food chain, therefore without a record of safety, but is cheap to put in supplements

  44. Good points, Hilary! It’s common sense that sunscreen chemicals that are toxic to our bodies would be toxic to nature as well! I think chemical sunscreens are bad news all around and should be banned.

  45. Great post! Sunscreen doesn’t just harm humans. It’s also doing damage to our environment. I first heard about this from an Australian article that the coral died off when exposed to the chemicals in sun screens. I love wild water, rivers, lakes, oceans, wetlands. I hope we humans can get it together to protect & restore one of our most valuable resources.

    • i was thinking this also. We once went to a beach in mexico and the water was covered with a film. When we asked, they said it came off peoples bodies (sunscreens). I am all for not using sunscreens. Cover up or get out of the sun in mid-day. Maybe if you have to use sunscreen, wash it off before going into the water?

  46. Thats probably whats behind the increase in childhod cancers (along with chronic nutritional deficiencies and toxins) parents are bathing their kids in sunscreen instead of letting them soak up natural vitamin D.

  47. I used sunscreen for years and I’ve had skin cancer for quite a while. I didn’t use any sunscreen last year. It’s amazing, how many LIES we are living under – all in the name of PROFIT! Big Agri, Big Pharma, Big Finance…no “theories”; just conspiracies!

  48. Last year, my 3 kids and I had a nearly sunscreen-less summer and it was wonderful to not have to worry about the nasty stuff. It is so doable to forget the sunscreen and enjoy the sun in the right dosage! We simply used swim shirts, hats and made sure to head for the shade if needed, aside from using natural sunscreen for all day events.

    I cringe when I see mommies around me SPRAYING those chemical suncreens into their babies/children’s faces. I’m definitely going to share this information with more of my friends!

  49. My mom grew up in Slovakia, in a small village. People work so hard on the farm all summer and I never heard somebody used sun scream and I never heard somebody had skin cancer. My grandmother worked so hard and had 8 children. She worked in the farm early morning, she came home to cook lunch and afternoon she again went to the farm and all her children helped her. They never used sun screen and never even came close to skin cancer. I think people get skin cancer from using sun screen…

    • Something in the dirt that collects in your fingernails protects you from skin cancer. Seriously, it is all the dark green leafy veggies. More vegetables, less sugar and chemicals. FDA should all go home and raise gardens.

  50. Would like to add something that is tangential to the many good points made- and that is that this hoopla about sunscreen is related to a more general disconnect and yes, even irrational fear, of Nature! Such a disconnect results in people who cannot “tune in” and get out of the sun and into the shade when they have had enough, or stop eating when they have had enough, or sense the relationship between toxic cleaning/home/body care chemicals and their own malaise. They think (or possibly are no longer thinking at all) that isles full of lawn and insect chemicals in the Spring is “normal”. The medical industry has taught culture to fear and disconnect from their very own bodies, to the point wherein nothing useful is taught in the schools or homes of our culture any longer. Without this understanding through immersion and wisdom in living with nature and natural processes, health and healing are seen as complex mysteries by many.

    • Sabrina Grattidge

      Excellent point! It’s a point I like to harp on–there are limits naturally present in our environment and those limits are a form of guidance for our behavior–yet we continue to ignore and override them. Health and wellbeing (for ourselves and the environment) is a natural result of respecting nature’s limits. Any time we override those limits it’s at our own peril (and unfortunately often at the peril of other lifeforms as well).

  51. Melani Kalev

    This is useful information, indeed! It seems I have to find a new sunscreen – a healthier one!

  52. I had no idea sunscreen could be so harmful. Such an informative article. Now I don’t want to go the beach this weekend. Gah!

  53. Are these also great for males? I read somewhere men are prone to suffer skin cancer more than females. What’s up with that?

  54. Christine Muchoe

    Using sunscreen is so so so important!

  55. This makes me want to go in front of the mirror and check myself for any irregularities. Thank you for reminding me.

    • You are absolutely correct, Sandra. How often do you check yourself? I try to see a dermatologist once a month, every 2 weeks if it’s summer since I’m by the beach or pool a lot.

  56. Francis Woods

    ZINC OXIDE. Will remember!!! 😀

    • Gabrielle Williams

      You should start putting on a lot of sunscreen even at a young age. I make sure my kids are protected and me too.

  57. This is why even though I absolutely love tanning, I need to be extra careful. WILL DEFINITELY try the sunblocks mentioned here.

    • Francis Woods

      I love tanning too! Where do you usually go tanning? I love going to the beach but when I’m lazy I just go to the balcony!

  58. As a redhead with quite pale skin, I had a few painful sunburns as a kid that made me really responsible about putting on sunscreen. Now I use it all the time; it's easy and has so many benefits!

  59. Randie Cadiogan

    This skin talk is helpful! 🙂 

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