You are probably one of those devoted parents, who always applies sunscreen to your child before going outside. You are not alone, millions of parents apply conventional sunscreen to not only themselves, but their children as well. Why wouldn’t you – you have been told over and over that sunscreen is important to protect your skin and the skin of your child.
Here is what you may not know….
It is true, it is important to protect your skin (your largest organ of your body) from harmful UV radiation and other harsh environmental contaminants. What you may not know is that while you are applying heaping amounts of conventional sunscreen on your skin and the skin of your family, anticipating that you are protecting it from damage – in fact, you could be causing more damage.
That’s right, most conventional sunscreen is more harmful to your skin than the sunlight. These sunscreens contain a host of chemicals that have recently been linked to many health issues. These dangerous substances can be causing you more harm than good. Here are just a few of the most common chemicals contained in conventional sunscreens:
- The most common used chemical is called Avobenzone. It is thought that this chemical degrades in the sun and will release free radicals that may cause cancer, accelerate skin aging, and cause elevated allergy levels.
- Another common chemical used is called Oxybenzone. Recent studies have indicated that this chemical is actually what is increasing the rates of melanoma (skin cancer), as well as can cause hormone disruption, cell damage, lowered birth rate of baby girls, and increased allergies.
- Parabens are often used in conventional sunscreens. This chemical is known to be an estrogen disruptor and have accounted for infertility, obesity, breast cancer, asthma, allergies, and more. U.S. Health advocates are pressuring the FDA to ban parabens in product sold in the US, like the European Union did in 2012, but for now we must read labels and make sure we aren’t using any products containing parabens (read more here).
- Fragrances are typically added to conventional sunscreen to make the products more appealing. There are over 1,500 different artificial fragrances used. These chemicals have been known to cause cancer, allergies, nervous system disorders, and even birth defects. Many countries are banning fragrances from their products.
This is pretty scary, right?! You might be thinking now, well what should I do or use? Now that you understand the health risks associated with conventional sunscreens, you should consider using organic sunscreens. These products only use all natural ingredients that are not harmful to your skin and your body. Is it worth taking a chance with your health and the health of your family by using conventional sunscreen? There are healthier alternatives available to you. You can still protect your family from UV radiation, by utilizing organic sunscreen products such as Goddess Garden.