Does Applying Sunscreen Leave You at Risk of Developing Cancer?

by Daniel / May 17, 2017 / 0 comments

People love summer time, this is the time to head to the beach, throw that shirt away to enjoy the sun. Sadly, it’s not that straightforward as people are advised not to skip the all important step of applying sunscreen to prevent sunburns. But completely blocking the sun is not ideal as it is a good way to get vitamin D and even prevent cancer. Sunscreen marketing campaigns have taught us to fear the sun and this has led people of all ages to use sunscreen regardless of their toxic and harmful chemicals.

It is proven that what we put on our skin ends up in the body. Some studies have placed sunscreen under the microscope to know the chemicals and the effects of its ingredients once they get into the skin. One study found that certain sunscreen products have cleaning chemicals such as phthalates, oxybenzone, parabens and triclosan.

According to sunscreen manufacturers, the chemicals are not harmful, but are they being truthful? Its only recently that Johnson and Johnson were all over the news after they were found guilty of selling a baby powder product that had cancer causing agents.

The truth is these chemicals pose a great risk to our health. For example;

 Oxybenzone

This chemical is used in sunscreen products to absorbing UV light but it disrupts the hormones, causes cell damage and this promotes cancer. This chemical also acts like estrogen once it makes its way into the bloodstream and this causes allergic reactions. One study showed that women with high levels of oxybenzone during pregnancy gave birth to babies with low weight.

Retinyl Palmitate

Another study showed that this chemical causes skin lesions and tumors when applied directly to the skin under sunlight.

Fragrance

This refers to chemicals such as synthetic musks,  parabens, and  phthalates and they cause hormone disruption.

This is another reason why you should always go for natural alternatives such as applying coconut oil for sunscreen protection.