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The Dangers of Sunscreen Exposed

Jul 30, 2008
This summer, millions will be gearing up for the great outdoors. One of the most popular items that will be shopped for is sunscreen. We are constantly warned of the dangers associated with the sun, so it makes sense to purchase sunscreen to protect ourselves from dangerous UV rays. Before you go stock up on this substance, it is important that you know and understand that there are some dangers associated with sunscreen. Here, I will share with you some of the dangers associated with sunscreen.

While it is important to do what you can to protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun, it is best to find measures other than sunscreen if you want to do it. There are numerous products that contain a large number of toxic chemicals that can invade your skin and these chemicals can actually increase the opportunity for cancer to arise. The following represents the chemicals in sunscreen that pose a potential hazard to individuals who come in contact with them:

1. Oxybenzone

2. PABA

3. Titanium Dioxide

4. Dioxybenzone

In addition to the chemicals that can pose a potential risk for the onset of cancer in many individuals, it has been discovered that these chemicals also block the overall production of Vitamin D in the body. When the body experiences a deficiency in the area of Vitamin D, many negative health consequences occur. The following lists some examples of the negative consequences that a lack of Vitamin D causes:

1. The bones may begin to weaken as this vitamin assists in developing strength in all of the bones of the body.

2. When an individual lacks sufficient amounts of this vitamin, the body has complications when it comes to the absorption of calcium.

3. Cells in the body cannot grow properly without sufficient amounts of Vitamin D.

4. When Vitamin D is lacking in the body important regulation of certain chemicals in the body, such as melatonin is affected. When this is not regulated properly there may be complications with the natural sleep cycle.

5. When an individual lacks this vitamin, they stand the potential for developing various types of cancers. A prime example of a cancer that may occur includes skin cancer.

Protecting Your Skin without Sunscreen

There are many ways that you can effectively protect your skin without the use of sunscreen. The following steps will help you stay protected - it will cover reducing your chances of developing skin cancer and all the other health conditions that come with the use of standard sunscreen:

1. It is important to avoid the sun during certain times of the day. The times that you should avoid the sun include those in which the rays are the most intense. Generally, in most areas, this is around 10:00 am to approximately 3:00 pm.

2. If you know that you will be in the sun for long periods of time, it is important to ensure that you use means other than sunscreen in order to properly protect yourself. This may include wearing a hat, sunglasses, and protective clothing.

3. You can easily provide your body with proper protection from the dangers of the sun's rays by consuming foods that naturally increase the antioxidants in the body. Vegetables that are cultivated in an organic fashion and are fresh are considered to be among the best for this particular purpose.

4. There are certain supplements that will actually fight against the rays of the sun. These include those that contain high levels of Vitamin C and those that have high levels of antioxidants. It is important to select only those that do not have additives and those that are free from artificial substances.

5. You can also indulge in sunscreens that do not contain the chemicals that have been mentioned previously safely with no potential health complications.

Conclusion

Sunscreen is often viewed as a safe substance when it comes to protecting our skin against the dangers of the sun, as well as the health conditions that may accompany exposure to the sun. It has been discovered, however, that these creams and lotions may prove to be a bit on the dangerous side. You should learn alternative methods to protecting your skin so that you can remain healthy.
About the Author
Gaetane Ross is a Certified Natural Health Consultant who has spent over 4 years focusing on Nutrition and Health. She also specializes in Alternative Medicine, Spiritual Healing and Healthy Lifestyle.

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