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Monday, 02 July 2018 16:57

July is UV Safety Month - 2018

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July is UV Safety Month. We are in the middle of summer already so I hope you all are taking precautions in the sun while enjoying these lazy days of summer. It's important to limit exposure time in the sun, while using appropriate nontoxic sunscreens for your own personal sunscreen needs.
I encourage everyone to refer to The Environmental Working Group, for help in choosing appropriate nontoxic sunscreens that give you the protection you need. It is an American environmental organization that specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of toxic chemicals, agricultural subsidies, public lands, and corporate accountability. It is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. Also check out other guidelines you need to be aware of when picking out sunscreens.
But here's the scoop you need to know on toxic sunscreens and why you need to avoid them:
The FDA established some standards for UVA protection but failed to address the use of hazardous ingredients in the sunscreens. So, stay away from toxic sunscreens. The worst suspect ingredient is oxybenzone, which could disrupt the human hormonal system. Even retinyl palmitate can be bad once put into a sunscreen. It could potentially increase the speed at which malignant cells develop and spread skin cancer when used during the day.
You also want to avoid synthetic fragrances, (pure essential oils are usually safe) but just be aware fragrances actually describe any number of harmful chemicals that do not have to be listed individually on a label. These chemicals include: 
• Parabens that interfere with hormone production and release. 
• Phthalates are other synthetic preservatives that are carcinogenic and linked to reproductive effects.
• Synthetic musks are also linked to hormone disruption.
Note that these additives are also frequently found in normal beauty products so check for these toxic chemicals there too!
Tomorrow I'll discuss another aspect you need to think about: how do common medications interact with sunscreens? You may be surprised.
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