June is the beginning of summer. Let’s talk sunscreens.
I bet it never occurred to you, but sunscreens are highly toxic. The ingredients commonly used in sunscreens had never been adequately tested. Sunscreens are designed to stay on the skin for long periods of time, increasing exposure. Many sunscreen chemicals are absorbed into the body and can be measured in blood, breast milk and urine samples. What they do know is Oxybenzone is an endocrine disrupter. Avoid all products with added Vitamin A, as it is a suspected carcinogen.
As a result the FDA is now proposing is now proposing significant changes in how sunscreen ingredients are evaluated for safety. Several of the commonly used ingredients are endocrine disruptors impacting our estrogen levels and in boys and men, their testosterone levels. Currently the ingredients have been unregulated and the FDA is unaware of whether or not these ingredients cause cancer.
So what to do instead? We know that prolonged sun exposure also has health implications. Follow these recommendations from the Environmental Working Group that studies products, their toxicity and the implications to our health:
Wear clothes and protect your skin from harsh sun exposure.
Plan your activities around the sun. Stay in during the hottest and brightest time of the day. Be in the sun in the early morning and late afternoon.
Find or create shade. Sit under a tree, put up an umbrella. Keep infants in the shade.
If you start to get pink, get out of the sun. Red , blistered, sore skin means you have gotten too many rays. Be aware, and be careful.
Sunglasses are a must! They aren’t worn for fashion, they are actually protecting your eyes from UV rays.
Check the UV index. This will guide you. You can Google it and plan your activities around it.
A couple of other notes:
High SPF ratings are, according to the FDA, inherently misleading.
Sunscreens perform imperfect protection.
Some beaches in Hawaii have banned sunscreen products because they were washing off people’s skin and killing the sea life.
What else can you do?
Find a product that has a low toxin number. I use Keys-Soaps moisturizer under my makeup and on my skin when I am getting sun exposure. This product is rated .2 on a 5 point scale with a range of low to high of 0-5. https://www.keyspure.com/product-category/skin-antiaging-beauty/sunscreen/
Check the EWG guide for other safer sunscreens available here. https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/
EWG is a great site to monitor all of your products toxicity from vegetables, to cosmetics, to the water coming out of your tap. Get familiar with their data base.
Since you are avoiding the sun, get your Vitamin D levels checked each time you go to the doctor. Your body needs adequate Vitamin D to function properly and most of us are now deficient. The vitamin D from milk is vitamin D2 and is synthetic. We need vitamin D3.
And if you follow these guidelines, you will have a fabulous healthy summer. Enjoy.
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Seven years ago, Cheryl Meyer discovered she was suffering from inflammation and autoimmune disease. She found a functional MD, actively searched out, purged, and replaced toxins in her life, and returned to wellness. Thus began an odyssey that culminated in Meyer’s writing the manual she wishes she’d had when she got sick. In her award winning book It Feels Good to Feel Good: Learn to Eliminate Toxins, Reverse Inflammation and Feel Great Again, Meyer explains toxins are everywhere and impacting our health, the health of our children, and the health of our earth. “It’s all about toxic load. Each toxin that is eliminated is one step closer to health.” Meyer continues: “Reduce the toxins in your life. You will be healthier. I help you discover where the toxins are and what to replace them with. When is the last time you felt good? Take your life back today. What are you waiting for?“ Cheryl is very passionate to share my information and have done over 80 podcasts as a guest and has participated in 8 summits. Cheryl has a BA from the University of California-Berkeley and is a certified health coach, Cheryl M Health Muse, from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.