Vitamin D deficiency has become one of the biggest health problems in US. Vitamin D prevents osteoporosis, supports immune system and even prevents every type of cancer. With all the medical hype about protecting our skin from the sun exposure for the last 30 years, osteoporosis and cancer are on the rise and most people get a cold or a flu every year (some get both and more than once a year).
It is clear now that sunscreens don’t prevent anything and actually cause many problems. You may not know this, but FDA does not regulate sunscreens and cosmetics in the US and therefore there are many toxic chemicals included in many products that you buy in the stores. Most of them have been banned already in Europe. If you like to spend a lot of time outdoors your only option is using natural skin care products and tips. Read on to learn more about what ingredients are most toxic and what to use instead.
Once again I’m at the beach with my kids and extended family, typing the names of all our sunscreens into Environmental Working Group’s Sunscreen Guide. I neglected to take my own advice from last summer and bought a bunch of bottles, tubes and sticks of protective lotions, potions and gels — without checking the ingredients (see “Grandma was right — Bonnets and Shirts are the Best Sun Protection,” June 23, 2010 Xpress).
And most of the sunscreens in my 2011 beach bag still contain oxybenzone. This chemical is highly absorbable through the skin and has been linked to developmental and reproductive toxicity, allergies, immune system problems and endocrine disruption. The Centers for Disease Control says oxybenzone resides in the bodies of 97 percent of Americans.
Alright then. Why are oxybenzone and other toxic chemicals allowed in the stuff that we slather on our bodies and those of our children in an attempt to prevent skin cancer? Well, in 1978, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it would start evaluating and regulating sunscreens. But there’s been no follow-through. The most recent version of the agency’s proposed rules came out in 2007, but those regulations have not been finalized, though some of them are due to go into effect next year. In the meantime, sunscreen makers are not required to test their sunscreens to make sure they even work as claimed. Nor are the ingredients regulated. According to EWG, six out of 10 high-SPF American sunscreens don’t even offer enough UVA protection to be sold in Europe.
Unfortunately some of us have a very fair skin and get burnt easily. Keep in mind that the best natural skin care tip for sun protection is wearing a hat and a t-shirt or just getting in the shade, after you got your 20-30 minutes of sun exposure to stimulate vitamin D production. If you know that you will be in the sun for a prolonged period of time, only choose products that are safe, and don’t contain oxybenzones.
Dr. Sears and his team of experts have created a line of natural skin care products called Pure Radiance that only contain safe, natural ingredients. His latest product is a natural sunscreen that contains zinc oxide, called Solis.