|my homemade sunscreen!|
Here's a little 411: SUNSCREEN is poisoning us, not the sun.
The sun is actually an essential part of life. It is literally the fuel for all living things on earth. We need it for vitamin D, and to survive. Personally, when the weather permits, I lay out 20 minutes on my back, and twenty minutes on my stomach, with as much skin exposed while still remain descent- GASP- with NO sunscreen.
Im not saying that it's healthy to lay out and get a sunburn. That is no good. I am saying to stop fearing the sun.
So onto the toxic ingredients we are slathering on ourselves, and our children, EVERY DAY when we go along with the whole "sunscreen" thing.
Here are a few of the doozies, Im just gunna make it simple and copy and paste it from Womens Health Magazine:
"6 SCARY SUNSCREEN INGREDIENTS
Oxybenzone This penetration enhancer (i.e., chemical that helps other chemicals penetrate the skin) undergoes a chemical reaction when exposed to UV rays. When oxybenzone is absorbed by your skin, it can cause an eczema-like allergic reaction that can spread beyond the exposed area and last long after you're out of the sun. Experts also suspect that oxybenzone disrupts hormones (i.e., mimics, blocks, and alters hormone levels) which can throw off your endocrine system. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 97 percent of Americans have this chemical circulating in our bodies, as it can accumulate more quickly than our bodies can get rid of it.
Octinoxate One of the most common ingredients found in sunscreens with SPF, octinoxate is readily absorbed by our skin and helps other ingredients to be absorbed more readily. While allergic reactions from octinoxate aren't common, hormone disruption is: the chemical's effects on estrogen can be harmful for humans and wildlife, too, should they come into contact with the chemical once it gets into water. Though SPF products are designed to protect skin from sun-induced aging, octinoxate may actually be a culprit for premature aging, as it produces menacing free radicals that can damage skin and cells.
Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate) Just like the vitamin A we eat, retinyl palmitate is an antioxidant. As an ingredient in sunscreen, it's function is to improve the product's performance against the aging effects of UV exposure, However, certain forms of vitamin A found in sun protection products—namely retinyl palmitate, a combination of retinol (vitamin A) and palmitic acid, an ingredient found in tropical plants such as palm and coconut—can be cause for concern. When exposed to the sun's UV rays, retinol compounds break down and produce destructive free radicals that are toxic to cells, damage DNA, and may lead to cancer. In fact, FDA studies have shown that retinyl palimitate may speed the development of malignant cells and skin tumors when applied to skin before sun exposure, so steer clear of skin sun products that harbor the stuff.
Homosalate This UV-absorbing sunscreen ingredient helps sunscreen to penetrate your skin. Once the ingredient has been absorbed, homosalate accumulates in our bodies faster than we can get rid of it, becomes toxic and disrupts our hormones.
Octocrylene When this chemical is exposed to UV light, it absorbs the rays and produces oxygen radicals that can damage cells and cause mutations. It is readily absorbed by your skin and may accumulate within your body in measurable amounts. Plus, it can be toxic to the environment.
Paraben Preservatives Associated with both acute and chronic side effects, parabens (butyl-, ethyl-, methyl-, and propyl-) can induce allergic reactions, hormone disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity. While butylparaben was reported to be non-carcinogenic in rats and mice, but it has been previously suspected that parabens and other chemicals in underarm cosmetics may contribute to the rising incidence of breast cancer."
Yep, not so good. Like I said before, EVERY DAY this stuff is absorbing into us, and our children, (who's little immune systems are even more vulnerable than ours).
So, now that we got the poison stuff out of the way, what are healthy alternatives?
First of all, a healthy diet rich in organic fruits and veggies helps the body to protect ITSELF from the sun. Imagine that. With the proper fuel the body has the ability, to a large extent, to keep itself from being harmed by the suns rays. Personally I drink a cup of carrot juice every morning, which builds up a beta-carotene protection under the skin (it actually makes you look a little tan, I call it the "carrot glow").
So what do we do when we are spending eight hours at the beach? Or our little, fair skin, baby needs to be kept from a sun burn while playing in the sand box?
Switch to a natural sunscreen. And be careful not to trust the packaging, READ THE LABELS. There is a lot of "green washing" where products are advertised as "natural" or "mineral based,"
and you turn it over to find the above ingredients all up in it.
This summer I decided to take the matter into my own hands by making our own sunscreen, and I was so pleasantly surprised at how EASY it was.
After spending hours pouring over homemade sunscreen recipes I settled on Wellness Mama's. Literally four ingredients (olive oil, coconut oil, beesewax and zinc oxide) and had great reviews. I didnt know what to expect. I followed the original recipe to a T, and absolutely love it. To get the full instructions on how to make your own super simple sunscreen click the link below.