Is Your Sunscreen Lotion Protecting or Harming You?

Summer is already here. And since many of us would be spending time outdoors, sunscreen lotion sales would be off the roof once again. Although it should be everyday that we should put on sun protection, many of us are still only lathering sunscreen lotion on their skin during the summer season. But did you know that most sunscreen products are actually toxic?

Sunscreen lotions are supposed to protect us from the harsh effects of the sun’s ultra violet rays. It is common knowledge now that the sun’s UV rays can cause skin cancer and sunscreen lotions are meant to protect us from developing skin cancer. But the sunscreen lotion that you may have been lathering on your skin everyday or often can actually give you cancer. How ironic can life get? This is actually true. Some sunscreen lotions contain ingredients that can possibly cause cancer and do other harm to the body. You should learn which ingredients in sunscreen lotions are to be avoided.

Ingredients in Sunscreen Lotions That Can Harm You

  • Benzophenones (Dixoybenzone, Oxybenzone) – You should think twice about lathering on any sunscreen lotion having Benzophenone and chemical compounds similar to it. Benzophenone is actually one of the most potent free radical generators that modern science knows today.Did you know that this is actually used in industrial porcesses because of its ability as a free radical to start a chemical reaction? When UV light activates it, it produces a double bond to create two free radical sights. The free radicals would then start a chain reaction which would damage the skin even more thereby increasing one’s risk of developing skin cancer.
  • Propylene Glycol – This is yet another ingredient that you should not allow to touch your skin. Propylene Glycol is used in cosmetics as a humectant or in lay man’s term something that would lock the moisture in. But did you know that Propylene Glycol is actually an industrial anti-freeze? Brake and hydraulic fluids actually have Propylene Glycol. Have you heard about its dangerous effects to the body? Propylene Glycol should not have any contact with your skin because it actually can cause abnormalities in your liver and as well damage your kidney. If it happens that your pet, whether it be a cat or dog, licks the anti-freeze you spilled on the floor of garage, your furry four-foot animal will meet its maker. And it only takes one lick.
  • Para-amino-benzoic acid or PABA – Most sunscreen lotions contain PABA. So why should you avoid this ingredient? PABA actually can release oxygenated free radicals which will result to skin pigmentation or worse skin cancer. This is according to Clinical Dermatology.

Here are a few more common sunscreen ingredients that you should avoid:

  • PABA esters
  • Cinnamates (cinoxate, ethylhexyl, p-methoxycinnamate)
  • Salicylates (ethylhexyl salicylate, homosalate, octyl salicylate)
  • Avobenzone (butyl-methyoxydibenzoylmethane; Parsol 1789)
  • Digalloyl trioleate
  • Menthyl anthranilate

So before you buy your bottle of sunscreen lotion, make sure to check its ingredients.

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