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Not surprisingly we are getting the news that sunscreen may be dangerous. There are several bad sunscreen ingredients, but the one that the powers that be are really taking a look at is oxybenzone which according to reports is found in more than half the sunscreens on the market.

The problem with this particular chemical is that is can be absorbed through the skin and when it does it just might cause allergic reactions and disrupt hormone function. Basically, this stuff (in my humble opinion) should not be used on ANYBODY but we should especially not be slathering it on our children or on ourselves if we happen to be pregnant.

But is oxybenzone the ONLY bad sunscreen ingredient hiding in our kids' sunscreens?
I, personally, was not surprised to learn that a large percentage of sunscreens have dangerous chemicals lurking in them.


We are told that sun blocking cream that have either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are best but guess what? There's a chance that titanium and zinc could be toxic if absorbed into our kids bloodstream. So far there is no reason to believe that this danger could become reality but....well, how's that been working for us so far? Just when you start to get comfortable with a particular study's results, here comes one that refutes the previous study and cites a chemical as dangerous as all hell.


After doing a search, I found lots of sunscreens that are marketed as NATURAL SUNSCREENS but I haven't had time to read all the reviews and to check if any of them have bad sunscreen ingredients hiding in the fine print.


What I found more intriguing was information I found on the ingredients for natural sunscreen that I saw in some recipes!

For instance, did you know that Sesame oil resists 30 percent of UV rays and plain old olive oil, coconut oil, peanut oil and cottonseed oil block out about 20 percent?


Perhaps it's best to make your own sunscreen with none of the dangerous chemicals in it. Be aware that even some of the homemade sunscreen recipe have zinc oxide or titanium oxide mixed with almond oil and beeswax as their main. But I would prefer recipes that don't have ANY bad sunscreen ingredients in them because to me having a green and natural home means eliminating all the chemicals that I can.


Do I believe that a homemade sunblock eliminating the bad sunscreen ingredients will completely prevent my babies' skin from blistering in the harsh UVA and UVB rays of the sun? Well, I haven't tested the recipe yet and I would never take a chance on letting my baby get a sunburn which I believe compromises her already less than super immune system. I DO use something that some people seem to avoid at all costs, COMMON SENSE which is one of the best natural sunscreens in my book!

To be smart we should:

  • Avoid direct sunshine
  • Go outdoors when the sun’s rays are not as strong before 10.30 am and after 3pm
  • Wear sun hats with wide brims
  • Wear protective sunglasses


Donda said...

I swear I was just thinking about this last week when I took the kids to the waterpark twice, slathering the SPF 70 on them multiple times. I was thinking what must be in this stuff that can almost completely shut out any of the natural effects that the sun would have. Thanks for the info!

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This information about the negative effects of sunscreen is a real eye opener. I'm a little concerned about making my own though because of fear that it will not be effective. It would be terrible if I let fear of chemicals cause my children to be vulnerable to harmful sunlight. Perhaps with some diligence, some of the natural sunscreens on the marketplace may work.

kainefe said...

The sun goes hotter and the ozone more thin and thin. Good info i got from your blog. Better natural sunblock especially our baby.

boarding101 said...

we need protection but we also need to know what protects us because sometime its the one who causes more trouble. so being meticulous about the things we apply to our skin really is important.

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