Most people are aware of the importance of wearing sunscreen. It protects our skin from the sun’s damaging rays, helping to prevent everything from burns to premature wrinkles to melanomas. Something not many of us are aware of, however, is that some ingredients in commercial sunscreens may be harmful to our health. A common ingredient called oxybenzone is a known hormone-disrupting chemical that has been linked to endometriosis. Another ingredient, titanium dioxide, has been identified as a possible carcinogenic. In addition, sunscreen also blocks some of the benefits of the sun’s rays, including the bone-builder vitamin D.
These facts should not scare people away from applying sun protection, however. The American Cancer Society and the Skin Cancer Foundation both recommend sunscreen use in order to help prevent skin cancer and other damage. Thankfully, you have options. You can either buy chemical-free sunscreen or you can create your own using natural ingredients such as zinc oxide, a mineral that acts as a barrier to the sun’s rays.
This recipe will help you create an all-natural, SPF 30 sunscreen you can feel good about applying.
You can find most of these ingredients in your local health food store or search online.
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Alicia is a content coordinator for an inbound marketing company and blogs in her free time about health, travel and communications at MarCom Land. Her articles have been published by Ask Miss A, Examiner.com, and Her Fitness Hut.