You might want to think twice before putting on traditional sunscreen this summer. Evidence has been mounting over the years that traditional sunscreen is actually bad for you and can do more harm than good.
The controversy started in 1991 when Professor Johan Moan of the Norwegian Cancer Institute found that melanoma in Norway had increased by 350 percent for men and by 440 percent for women between 1957 to 1984 despite the fact that there had been no change in the ozone layer during that time. Since that landmark study was released, experts including Drs. Cedric and Frank Garland of the University of California have argued that sunscreen does not prevent skin cancer—but rather can actually cause it.
One of the biggest problems experts have found with chemical sunscreen is that it blocks skin from absorbing essential Vitamin D, a nutrient that the body desperately needs—get this—to help prevent cancer. Also chemical sunscreens contain an array of artificial fragrances, chemical colors, fillers and stabilizers that are readily absorbed into the skin and can negatively impact the body.
For instance, most chemical sunscreens contain benzphenone, which has demonstrated an ability to increase the production of harmful free radicals and even negatively impact DNA cells. And don’t think that this nasty stuff just passes through your body. A study showed that after individuals applied sunscreen containing 4% benzophenone-3, it was found in their urine five days later.
So what can you do? If you are going out in the sun, opt for a natural sunscreen! Natural Sunscreens utilize high quality all-natural and organic ingredients to offer consumers an effective alternative to chemical sunscreens. Also, talk to your health care professional about the role Vitamin D and Vitamin D3 play in your overall health. This will help you determine whether or not you are getting enough of this powerful nutrient. Want to learn more ways to protect your skin? Check out our favorite natural acne treatments.