With more than 1 million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the US every year, it’s vital to look at how to protect our skin from overexposure to UVA and UVB rays. Here is an article about chemical vs mineral sunscreen. Keep reading further for other, natural options to sun protection that you may not have known of.
“What is the difference between chemical sunscreen and mineral sunscreen?”
“Chemical sunscreens are made of chemicals broken down into nanoparticles; microscopic pieces of chemicals that seep down through the layers of the skin and are absorbed directly into the bloodstream. The vast majority of the sunscreen market, as much as 70%, still incorporates octisalate, oxybenzone, and avobenzone into their formulations. Each of these chemicals is potentially hazardous, offers a lower rate of effectiveness, and often triggers allergic reations, especially in children. Even more concerning is the finding that these chemical ingredients in sunscreens are hormone disrupters. Experts caution against exposure to these toxins, especially for pregnant women and children who will be more severely impacted by hormonal changes to the reproductive, immune, or nervous systems. Chemical sunscreens are readily available and offer great deals on sunscreen, but are not the best choice for a safe, effective sunscreen.”
“Mineral sunscreens are made of non-toxic mineral-based ingredients that create a physical barrier on top of the skin. Because of the larger size of the mineral particls, these products do not penetrate the skin, and do not put the user at risk for hormone disruption. Mineral sunscreens are more effective, allowing for longer protection in the water and in the sun before reapplication is necessary. Look for sunscreens that contain zinc oxide, a mineral sunscreen ingredient listed safe and effective by the Environmental Working Group Sunscreen Guide.”
“What about Easy-to-Apply Sunscreen Sprays and Powders for Children?”
“Unfortunately, we must advise against the popular sprays and powders that make beach time a bit easier. In order to make a sunscreen, even a naturally-based one, fit through an aerosol sprayer, the ingredients must be broken down into nanoparticles. These nanoparticles are so small that, when applied to the skin, easily seep down into the pores where they are absorbed directly in the the bloodstream. This opens up the body to a whole host of toxic damages which a child’s body is unable to metabolize. It is worthwhile to take the extra few minutes and rub in a natural sunscreen which will give you the safest, most effective sun protection.
Source: Peaceful Planet
Now for other natural alternatives…When a client recently mentioned that she uses coconut oil as sunscreen, I had to look it up! The benefits of coconut oil are many, but have you ever thought that it could protect your skin from burning rays? It’s true! Coconut oil is an omega 3 fatty acid and will protect your skin, along with other omega 3’s from the inside as well as the outside. In fact the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids is important to balance your skin and protect it or make it prone to burning. The ideal ratio is a range from 1:1 to 3:1. A ratio of 4:1 and above will make you more at risk to health problems and throw the balance of your skin out of whack. If you eat a teaspoon of coconut oil before going out in the sun, then slather it on, it will give you even more protection. Speaking of eating… did you know that foods rich in lycopene will protect you as well? A few that are high in lycopene are tomatoes, watermelon, and red peppers. Also, the antioxidants in green tea will boost skin’s ability to protect itself.
Nurturing your Nature offers an alternative that takes protective foods (that contain sulforaphane) that allow your body to naturally defend itself. This product is something I have used personally on my skin for the last 7 years. The reason that it is one of my favorite’s is that it feels fantastic on my skin and not only allows me to get the benefit of vitamin D, it protects me and has many other anti-aging skin benefits.
Something New Under the Sun!
Ingredients: broccoli, rose hip, red raspberry, reishi mushroom, cleavers, calendula, rosemary, frankincense, citrus extract, essential oils
Research conducted by John Hopkins established that by boosting nutritional levels and prompting our skin’s anti-oxidant systems, the skin is capable of natural defense from the sun. Sun Diffuser was formulated by incorporating pure botanicals with nutritional ingredients and is on the cutting edge of holistic technology for sun care. In addition, this unique formula provides beneficial botanicals for the reduction and prevention of hyper-pigmentation and helps strengthen resistance to cellular stress and damage, which protects collagen breakdown and cell damage. Use as natural defense from daily exposure to sun. Apply alone or under Herb Rich Serum.
Produces network of protective enzymes that defend cells against UV damage
Diffuses heat energy of the sun
Inhibits disturbance to melanin production that can lead to hyper-pigmentation
Relieves discomfort associated with inflammation
Boost skin’s immune response
Strengthens and supports capillaries
Prompts anti-oxidant protection
Activates production of collagen
Acceptable for oncology patients
However you choose to protect yours and your family’s skin, please note the ingredients on the label and chose NATURAL!