How Safe Is Your Sunscreen?


Find out how to protect yourself from sunburn and cancer causing toxins in sunscreen.

A team of researchers from the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland reported that 5 of 6 commonly used chemical sunscreen agents act like estrogen. In other words, you are dosing yourself with synthetic estrogens without knowing it by applying sunscreens that contain the ingredients listed below. Since so many cancers are caused by excessive estrogen (breast, prostate, uterus, ovaries, head and neck), it's best to minimize all synthetic sources of estrogen.

The 5 chemicals, benzophenone-3 (Bp-3), homosalate (HMS), 4-MBC, octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC), and octyl-dimethyl PABA (OD-PABA), were found to increase cancer cell division and induce cancer cell protein production. They also caused an increase in uterine growth before puberty. And what might they be doing to our men and boys — emasculating them and contributing to prostate cancer? There are better options.

Because everything we put on our skin is also absorbed into our body, we should hold it as accountable as what we put in our mouth to eat. In other words, we shouldn't put anything on our skin unless we would also eat it. The sunscreen products I recommend are made by Alba Botanica, Aubrey Organics and Dr. Hauschka. If you're unable to find or afford those, look for sunscreens that contain zinc or titanium without the 5 dangerous chemicals listed above. Zinc and titanium create mechanical barriers to the sun and have the advantage of working immediately. Chemical sunscreens make you wait 20 minutes before they're effective enough to expose your skin to the sun.

Another method of preventing sunburn is to wear clothing with SPF ratings. Recently I've added a couple of attractive long sleeve SPF rated shirts, made from sustainable bamboo, to my wardrobe. Some hats are made from fabric with SPF ratings too. And if those aren't in your budget simply wear a tightly woven white shirt and pants out-of-doors to reflect light and cover your skin. A combination of those strategies makes the best sense. Apply a safe sunscreen and carry protective clothing with you as well. Sweathing and swimming easily wash away that protective layer of sunscreen and you may not reapply it as fast as needed to keep you from getting burned. With careful shopping and planning you can enjoy a summer of fun in the sun without causing damage to your skin.

To learn how to protect yourself from breast cancer and have healthy breasts go here.

This article was originally published at Dr Linda Berry, Healing Arts, Chiropractic - Nutrition - Trauma Healing. Reprinted with permission from the author.