• Angie

Is Your Sunscreen Protecting You or Hurting You?

Updated: Jan 22, 2019

Is your Sunscreen protecting you, or hurting you? Since we are seeing many scorching days here in Michigan, this week I would like to share with you dangers of conventional sunscreens and suns safety tips.


According to Dr. Axe’s blog post, 75% of Sunscreens are Toxic: What to do Instead, at Draxe.com, Food is Medicine, “More than 2 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every year. And even though more and more people are using sunscreen each year, the incidence of skin cancer continues to climb world wide.” Over the last 5 years more research is emerging about the dangers of sunscreen. Did you know that 4 different studies conducted in the 1990’s indicated a higher risk of malignant melanoma among individuals who used the most sunscreen.


I am not saying, not to use sunscreen. I am recommending however, that you arm yourself with the knowledge of what to look for on labels and following some basic tips.


Dangers of Conventional Sunscreens:

According to the EWG: Our review...shows that some sunscreen ingredients absorb into the blood and have toxic effects. Some release skin-damaging free radicals in sunlight, some act like estrogen and disrupt hormones, and several can cause allergic reactions and skin irritation. The FDA has not established rigorous safety standards for sunscreen ingredients. Sunscreens haven’t been regulated since 1978 in the USA, and the SPF factor only tells you how effective a sunscreen is against UVB rays which cause sunburn.

A recent study published in Environmental Science Technology has also shown the common sunscreen ingredients Oxybenzone, Methoxycinnamate, and PABA are estrogenic chemicals linked to cancer.


List of Unsafe, Toxic Chemicals in Sunscreen:

  • Cinoxate

  • Dioxybenzone

  • Homosalate

  • Methoxycinnamate

  • Menthyl anthranilate

  • Octocrylene

  • Octyl salicyclate

  • Oxybenzone

  • Para amino benzoicacid

  • Parabens

  • Phenylbenzimidazole

Stay away from these chemicals. If your sunscreen contains any of these ingredients, I highly recommend tossing them out! It’s not worth the risk.




1. Read your product labels and toss anything with toxic ingredients.

2. Cover up with light clothing before you get burnt.

3. Follow Outside Tips

4. Wear natural sunscreen if you’re going to stay out for a long period of time.

5. If you get burnt, use the following recipe to help relieve pain, soothe, and heal skin.


Sunburn After-care Spray:


Ingredients:

  • 4 oz Spray Bottle

  • 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil.

  • 10 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil.

  • 5 drops of Peppermint Oil,

  • 5 drops of Tea Tree Oil.

  • Top off with liquid Aloe Vera, or if not available use a carrier oil like coconut oil or jojoba oil. (As always if you do not have the needed ingredients or the time just reach out to us and we will be thrilled to custom make it for you!)

Shake each time before use. Spritz onto areas of skin with sunburn and discomfort. A


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