The Sun or Your Choice of Sunscreen, What’s Really Harming You?

June 14, 2018

 

Why you need to think before you slather. 

 

First of all, let's be honest. In my two years using natural sunscreens, I had yet to find one that I didn't slather on and have someone ask me if I was feeling okay afterwards, because I looked deathly white (ill).  When I first started using natural sunscreens, it was because I had just had my first baby.  "Natural" seemed like the thing I should do because if it wasn't natural it was considered "bad".  I didn't really know what that meant, and truthfully didn't care.   I'm the type of person that is, well.... lazy.  I would rather someone do the research for me and read about it, so that way I don't have to.  I have come to find out, that the problem with that is that you never know what that person qualifies as "research".  Are their references from their 101 year old grandma (which by the way often have the best wisdom), their own mothers, or a website who's research is paid for by the very company that is endorsing all these chemicals in to our lotions?  End Rant.  I am just here to share why I pay a quarter of a $100 for a 3oz tube of sunscreen.  Okay, I'll be honest.  For one, I don't pay for it at all.  Young Living has an awesome Essential Rewards program, that gives me 20% back of what I spend.  So, it's a little easier for me to justify.  Secondly, you don't SLATHER this stuff on like you do other sunscreens.  Like all things Young Living, a little goes a long ass way.  

 

So, a couple things I've learned that have really convinced me to make the switch to natural sunscreens.

 

1. Skin is the largest organ our body has.  Which, I had to google, because I thought organs were only internal.  Aside from being an addict, I wouldn't (in my right mind) feed my heart, brain, liver, kidney, etc.. something that I knew would be harmful to it, so why do it to my skin?  I realize I seem like a big hypocrite here, considering I actively worked on destroying my liver on a daily basis BUT I know better now, and do better now.  PLUS, like all things involving my kids. I want better for them and their bodies, than I've ever wanted for my own. 

 

2. Chemical sunscreens contain: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate.  What? Can you even pronouns those words? Go to EWG.com, and look up each individual ingredient.  One in particular is a potent endocrine distributor that can reduce sperm count and contribute to endometriosis in women.  I don't feel like I need to tell you about them, because you need to do your own research. This shit's important and I'm not a scientist.  Plus, one needs to care about their body's enough to do better for it.  

 

#3. (And this one I think is just crazy): "Of the 1,400+ sunscreens tested by the EWG, only 5% met their safety standards and over 40% were listed as potentially contributing to skin cancer." (Wellness Mama, 2018).  For more info on how it can cause cancer check out this article: https://wellnessmama.com/4621/eat-my-sunscreen/

 

4. ONLY SPF 10? What, that's nothing!! Here's the thing: I apply on my kids every 80 minutes right? Whether it’s 50 SPF or 10 SPF they’re protected. Lindsey Elmore, a pharmacist turned natural ways guru explains this well:  

 

"THE SPF OF 10 IS TOO LOW TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE COVERAGE AGAINST SKIN DAMAGE.Let’s first talk through what SPF even is. SPF stands for sun protection factor. It is a measure of how well an agent blocks UVB rays (the kind that cause skin cancer). When not wearing sunscreen, your skin will naturally change color and incur a certain amount of damage in one hour. If you are wearing an SPF of 2 you will incur that same amount of damage in 2 hours that you would have incurred in one hour without any SPF. An SPF of 10 will get you 10 hours, SPF 30 will get you 30 hours, etc.Here’s the thing, SPF is not linear (i.e. you don’t get 10 times more protection going from SPF 1 to 10 or 10 to 100). When you apply SPF 10, you are blocking approximately 90% of UVB rays. SPF 15, approximately 93%; SPF 30, approximately 97%; and SPF 50, 98%. So applying an SPF of 30 only gives you 7% more protection than SPF 10.Also worth considering: if you do not plan on spending more than 10 hours in the sun, you may not need the 30 hours of protection than an SPF 30 may offer. In fact, when is the last time you saw 30 hours of daylight?Bottom line, lower SPFs, applied more often, may offer similar sun protection as higher SPFs".  

 

5. I have realized that I have sort of had this nonchalant attitude that if it doesn't kill me quickly that it's not going to kill me at all.  Since having kids, I have realized how flipping quick time goes a flying by.  These chemicals we are putting in our bodies don't kill you right away because our bodies don't even know how to break them down.  It takes years.  And in that, the buildup happens.  Fertility problems happen, hormone imbalances.  I'm already a good share of Crazy, I don't need wacky hormones from things I'm putting on my skin.  Even more so, I can't, in good conscious, knowingly put something on my children's bodies that I know their bodies can't handle.   

 

 

 

References: (and no I'm not going to APA CITE THEM, this isn't grad school). 

 

Arthur Perry, MD, FACS:  https://www.doctoroz.com/article/your-sunscreen-might-be-poisoning-you

Katie, Wellness Mama: https://wellnessmama.com/55366/sunscreen-is-harmful/

Lindsey Elmore, The Farmacist: https://lindseyelmore.com/mineral-sunscreen-lotion/

 

 

 

 

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