Enjoy the Sun (and Leave Harmful Sunscreens Behind)
by David Sokulski, L.Ac.
The sun has many health benefits, and most sunscreens contain chemicals that are extremely damaging to your health.
The benefits of sunlight are many, including:
One such chemical is called oxybenzone, which has been linked in studies to allergies, hormone disruption, cell damage, and low birth weight in girls whose moms were exposed during pregnancy. Oxybenzone is actually a penetration enhancer, which means it aids in helping get itself and other chemicals into your body through your skin.
The Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database web site lists 1270 sunscreens for use by adults, children and even babies which contain oxybenzone. Among the worst on the list are sunscreens specifically made for babies, so please check this list out.
(This article has full details about oxybenzone and where to go for a list of safe sunscreens.)
Sunscreens, even organic sunscreens, may also contain titanium oxide, which can cause heavy metal poisoning and cell damage, especially in young children.
Things you can do to stay protected from sunburns but enjoy the sun's amazing rays and health benefits are:Be smart in the sun, but please enjoy this gift of summer (and all seasons), and learn to avoid putting toxic chemicals on your skin. It's better for you, your children, those around you, and the environment.
Here, again, is list of helpful references and links:
David Sokulski. L.Ac.
Birch Center for Health