Soak Up the Rays The Healthy Way!
The largest organ of the body is the skin. Suncreens block UV light from the skin. UV light is rumored to age the skin and cause skin cancer. While studies show over ninety percent of skin cancer diagnoses are from sun exposure, the opposing viewpoint is that the chemicals in many sunscreens can actually cause cancer. The answer is to protect your skin naturally! The best natural way to protect the skin is by going into the shade and wearing protective clothing. Another thing to watch for is what time you are in the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun is at its hottest temperature. Our skin absorbs anything applied which can then eventually get into the blood stream. Sunscreen is a billion dollar business that the FDA does not regulate as much as food and pharmaceuticals. [Click to Tweet] So it is up to us to protect our skin. There are many brands of sunscreen to choose from, here are some things you should know when choosing the best sunscreen for your skin.
Non-mineral sunscreens are applied before you get in the sun, and also contain chemical ingredients that can get absorbed into your bloodstream. The chemicals to avoid are oxybenzone which is a synthetic estrogen, known to damage cells and change the hormone system. Retinol pomenate is form of vitamin A but when in the sun can form tumors. Mineral sunscreens will be effective immediately after you apply them. Mineral sunscreens have two main minerals, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
“Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide scatter or reflect the sun’s rays rather than absorbing them, so they are very effective at preventing sun damage without creating free radicals in the skin. And since traditional formulations of these minerals aren’t absorbed into the skin (thus the white streaks they tend to leave on the skin), there is less risk of the substance building up in your body. Another benefit of using zinc oxide or titanium dioxide sunscreens is that they are effective at protecting against both UVA and UVB rays.” 1.
The natural and organic sunscreens are the ones you want to buy. They range from 30-85 SPF and are effective from the minute applied, unlike the non-mineral chemical sunscreens that take up to thirty minutes to start protecting the skin. Some of the organic natural sunscreens you can try are Juice Beauty, Jack Black Sun Guard, Alba Botanica Suncreen and Babyganics.
‘Here’s a quick guide to find the best products to protect your family from the sun:
–Use a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15 and a maximum of SPF 50;
–Make sure labels list UVA and UVB (or broad spectrum protection);
–Avoid products containing oxybenzone and retinyl palminate if you’re concerned about potentially toxic chemicals;
–Choose lotions versus spray sunscreens for a more evenly distributed protection.
Remember to apply at least 2 ounces of lotion (about a shot glass full) and reapply often. The sun breaks down the ingredients in sunscreen that protect your skin. Experts recommend reapplying every two hours, or after swimming or heavy sweating. 2
November 29, 2015
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Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians