With awareness on the rise about the abundance of chemicals in our food, in the air, in our water, in our cleaning products, it’s no wonder we have started questioning exactly what goes into our beauty products. And more so, which of those chemicals are the most worrying.
When we think of sunscreen and its application, it’s an all over body thing. A lot of product is absorbed into our skin, which flows through the epidermis into our bloodstream. You may be surprised to learn that the ingredients in sunscreen used to block UV rays, are highly toxic.
To help you better understand why there are dark forces within chemical sunscreens, continue reading our main points below:
1. Non-natural sunscreens have chemical sun filters
Chemical Sunscreens contain carbon based compounds, such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone, which create a chemical reaction and work by changing UV rays into heat, then releasing that heat from the skin. These chemicals are absorbed into the blood stream. Non-natural sunscreen contain chemicals that are estrogenic — they are endocrine system disruptors - and carcinogenic.
The endocrine system is the collection of glands that produce hormones that help regulate metabolism, growth, development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep and mood.
Sleep, mood and thyroid hormone disruptors… NO THANKS! Not for me.
2. Chemicals are absorbed into our bloodstream…
… and circulated through our bodies. In basically no time at all, all those nasty chemicals are already roaming our bloodstream. And who knows for how long? Not all chemicals are expelled from our bodies; micro particles can live on forever, infect or damage healthy cells, and sadly assist in the development of cancer.
HOWEVER, there is a natural, super hero alternative.
Natural sunscreens contain active mineral ingredients, such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide as natural sun filters, which work by sitting on top of the skin to deflect and scatter damaging UV rays away from the skin. They are not absorbed into the bloodstream like its chemical counterparts. Additionally, these compounds are derived naturally, not in a lab.
3. Chemical sun filters are destroying our coral
Comprehensive studies demonstrate that sunscreen chemicals damage corals. Chemical sun filters which convert damaging UV rays into heat through chemical reactions to expel them; when they reach sea water, they actually decrease corals’ defenses against bleaching, damaging their DNA and hurting their development. You also have to wonder… if these chemicals are responsible for the destruction of the natural world around us, what long term can they have on us?
By choosing mineral sunscreens with mineral sun filters, we can make safer choices that protect the ocean, and ensure the longevity of our wondrous marine life.
4. Chemicals are not baby safe
Chemical based sunscreens contain many toxins that can cause irritation or mild reactions on baby’s skin. Baby’s sensitive skin can quickly react, like a flare up or other reaction to a high concentration of chemicals applied directly on his skin.
Shouldn’t we aim to safeguard our little ones from such toxicity?
Furthermore, trace amounts of the chemicals found in sunscreens travel to your bloodstream. Once in your bloodstream, they can filter into other bodily fluids, such as breastmilk. A study published by a team of scientists, led by Dr. Margret Schlumpf of the University of Zurich, found trace amounts of at least one sunscreen chemical in the breast milk of 76.5 percent of the women they tested.
5. Chemicals components can upset the skin
Some chemical compounds can possibly cause and increase in existing brown spots and discoloration due to a higher internal skin temperature. This is not ideal for ageing skin. There is an increased chance of irritation, stinging, allergic reaction or increased chance of redness for rosacea-prone skin types.
The formulations in mineral sunscreens are highly researched and based on natural ingredients. Overall, there is a high regard for the wellbeing of our skin. They can even improve the appearance of your skin! Natural oils and botanical plant extracts contained in your vegan or natural sunscreen will make a difference to how well it nourishes your skin, as well as giving you a divine aroma therapeutic natural scent.
SO, there you have it.
To be on the safe side, stick to sunscreens that have natural ingredients, to be even SAFER, go vegan. Vegan sunscreens are 100% plant based, that means no nasty chemicals in there, and they are 100% natural sun blockers. It’s literally the equivalent of mashing up a selection of plants and smothering yourself with it, not only does it smell great, but it’s the safest option for you and young children alike.
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Yours in beauty and health,