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Fun in the sun (in moderation) gives us that cancer fighting vitamin D that we all need. But, overexposure can cause sunburns and possibly skin cancer.
Although we want to protect from sun damage, we don’t want to slather on toxic sunscreens or sunscreens that don’t work.
Sitting in the sun (no sunscreen of course!) for about 10 minutes helps your body create roughly 10,000 units of natural vitamin D.
Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to cancer, autoimmune disease, depression, osteoporosis, etc.
About 50% of sunscreens sold in the U.S. do not filter enough UVA rays to meet European standards.
Sunscreens often contain oxybenzone, a common allergen & endocrine disruptor linked to abnormal sperm function, endometriosis, & allergic responses.
Mineral sunscreens often block UVA better than chemical sunscreens.
Sunscreens that contain vitamin A may increase the risk of skin tumors.
Melanoma does not usually appear on parts of the body that get daily sun exposure, making it unknown whether sunscreen is effective prevention.
Lotion sunscreens can be applied in a thick layer, offering better protection then sprays
Sprays permit sunscreen chemicals to enter into your lungs.
Sunscreens always need reapplied every couple hours; the FDA banned misleading claims like “waterproof” and “sweatproof”.
SHOULD I USE SUNSCREEN?
Many medical professionals now advise to use sunscreens as a last resort, due to the fact that:
Toxic chemicals in sunscreens may fuel cancer
Its unclear if sunscreens actually prevent cancer
Sun exposure provides cancer-fighting Vitamin D
THE BEST SUNSCREENS
The Best Lotion/Spray Sunscreens
Aromatica Calendula Non-Nano
Attitude Mineral Sunscreen
COOLA Organic (love the smell of this one)
Goddess Garden Organics
Instead of lotions/spray sunscreens, many doctors recommend that you:
Avoid sun exposure during peak hours
Use sunglasses & protective hats/clothing