Sunscreen: Chemicals To Avoid

Sunscreen: Chemicals To Avoid


Most of the times, when you have a bottle of any cosmetics with you, you either skip reading the ingredients or you just don’t understand the chemicals that are mentioned. Because let’s face it, we, as laymen, are not even supposed to know the harmful effects of the poisons that are there in our homes – disguised under fancy labels and normalized by its usage.

But it does a whole lot of good to find out about them. So here we tell you how to know which are the chemicals in your sunscreen that you need to avoid for maintaining good health.

Oxybenzone is one of the most harmful chemicals that are found in non-mineral based sunscreens. It can cause your skin to erupt with allergies and is known to be anti-androgenic. It can cause your hormones to disrupt and that doesn’t really paint a pretty picture.

Octinoxate is an organic compound that is used in a lot of sunblocks but the major problem of this is that when it’s exposed to sunlight, it becomes less effective. Moreover, it actually increase the damage caused to skin instead of reducing it. How does one depend on a product that is subjecting your skin to more damage instead of protecting it?

Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate) is an antioxidant that is added to sunscreens to fight with the aging effects that take place because of UV rays. However, when this ingredient is exposed to the sun, free radicals break out which in turn damages the DNA and even lead to cancer.  This is a clear danger signal and one must avoid this chemical at all costs to stay safe.

Homosalate is again said to be closely linked to hormone disruption and can be the cause of quick absorption of pesticides like bug sprays.  It also doesn’t break down easily, thus adding to the persistence.

Octocrylene causes high rates of skin allergy.

Most of these chemicals are essentially hormone disruptors. If you want to know more about what hormonal disruptors mean, simply put – they affect the way the estrogens in the body behave.

With the chemical sunscreens, it’s highly useful to know that the higher SPF you go for (for example, 50 or more) the more it can cause irritation to your skin.  Most of the sunscreens actually end up using multiple of these chemical ingredients to broaden their spectrum but end up harming the skin more.

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The question obviously arises that if one can’t use a chemical sunscreen, then should one not use sunscreen at all? The answer is that you should use sunscreen but you may use the ones that have a mineral barrier instead of a chemical one.

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All of this sounds scary? Don’t worry.

There are multiple substitutes out there and you can always go natural with your choice of shield against. Extra virgin coconut oil is one of the best protectors of skin against skin damage.

And so is rosehip oil.

Say no to harmful chemicals and be more aware right from this moment.

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  1. nithu.m198 June 13, 2019 Reply

    Helpful articles

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