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Monday, 20 July 2015 11:38

July is UV Safety Month – But Avoid Toxic Sunscreens

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July is UV Safety Month and here are some safety tips to safeguard your skin. Take care of yourself and your family and encourage friends to adopt good wearing protective clothing. But there’s still more you can do. Become familiar with the newer laws that have come into effect regarding the claims manufacturers can make on a sunscreen. And, avoid the toxic forms of sunscreen which you may not even be aware of!

Watch for Sunscreen Claims

  • Sunscreens are not “sweat proof” or “waterproof.” They can be labeled “water resistant,” and if they are, the labeling must state how long they retain SPF once the skin is wet.
  • SPF values are capped at “50+. The FDA has stated that it has not seen sufficient evidence to show that SPF values above 50 provide any additional protection, but seem to give consumers a false sense of protection.
  • Products must offer proportional protection against UVA and UVB rays  to claim that they are “broad spectrum” and have to pass a new FDA test procedure in order to do so. If the product says “broad spectrum,” you will know you will be getting equal protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Sunscreens should display a “Drug Facts” information box on the packaging like other over-the-counter drugs.
  • Any product with SPF values under 15 carry a warning label that states that it doesn’t help prevent premature skin aging and skin cancer, and only “helps prevent sunburn.”

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends SPF 30 and above to counteract the fact that most people do not use enough sunscreen. The amount you should use is at least one ounce for full body coverage. Be sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours and after swimming.

Use a Safe Non-Toxic Sunscreen!

Steer clear of suspect chemicals that even the Food and Drug Administration and manufacturers might feel are OK, but worry nutritionists and other healthcare providers  like myself. What would be the point of using a sunscreen if it actually causes cancer or other health problems?

The worst suspect ingredient include oxybenzone, which could disrupt the human hormonal system and may promote cell damage provoking cancer. Ask for a safe chemical free sunscreen by purchasing a safe non-toxic sunscreen at a reputable health food store or refer to the environmental Working Group’s 2014 sunscreen guide which can help you determine which sunscreens are unsafe. This group recommends only 20% of the 600-plus sport sunscreens it has evaluated!

What would be the point of using a sunscreen if it actually causes cancer or other health problems because of what is contains in the cream itself?

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