NOT SO GOOD FOR THE SKIN
A preview from the 'NEW HUMAN HEALTH'
Newsletter - JULY 2006
use of sunscreens as we head into summer should be a time of joy
and getting out to soak up those rays. But be warned, popular
sun lotions and sunblocks are full of toxic chemicals. This is
no shock to many aware parents, but we must remember childrens
skin is porous and more open to DNA damage. Skin cancer claims
2,120 lives each year according to Cancer Research UK with skin
cancer rates rising threefold in last 20 years. Curiously, skin
cancer rates and sunscreen usage have risen simultaneously. Scientists
are realising the chemicals in sunscreens are more trouble than
they are worth.
which mimics oestrogen's chemical make-up, is now being found
in fish and sea life. It is washed off the tanned human body,
passes unchanged through sewage works and settles on the seabed,
where fish eat it. The problem is, the fish are changing sex.
Scientists at the University of California, Riverside, found that
two-thirds of the male turbot and sole near a sewage outfall off
the surfers' paradise of Huntingdon Beach were growing ovary tissue
in their testes. New Swiss data is suggesting other suncare gender-bending
chemicals are building up in the fish too. Octocrylene
and 4-methylbenzylidene camphor are the culprits
and researchers are concerned what will happen to users with repeated
exposure to these toxins.
used in sun lotions to filter out ultraviolet light may be hazardous
to health. The chemical's toxicity doubled when exposed to sunlight.
Octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC), which is present
in 90 percent of sunscreen brands, was found to kill mouse cells
even at low doses in a study by Norwegian scientists. When researchers
shone a lamp for two hours to simulate midday sunshine, even more
A study in the 2004 Journal of Chromatherapy found that there
is significant penetration of all sunscreen agents they studied
into the skin. So, it's a fair to assume that when you use sunscreen
your body is absorbing synthetic chemicals whether you like it
Titanium dioxide is another worry. It is a fine
white powder that reflects and scatters ultraviolet light. The
compound's full effects on human health are still under investigation.
The U.S. government's National Institute for Occupational Safety
and Health (NIOSH) labels the chemical "a potential occupational
carcinogen." It is also used in self-cleaning windows because
it reacts with light to break down organic matter such as dirt.
The concern is that it similarly breaks down human DNA.
for Sunburn Relief
With these issues in mind, there are simple precautions to be
Just be wise in the sun. Coconut oil is great but not exactly
sunscreen. Aloe vera helps with any burning, si if you get burnt,
get some. The fresh leaves are best. Even used teabags help with
sunburn. Just dab it on affected areas and let the tannins do
their work. It works best around the eyes. Proper after sun lotion
and the correct sunscreen are worth investing in. Look out for
these chemicals when using suncare products. Sunbrero from Neways
is a factor 40 sunscreen with none of the above mentioned chemicals.
Rebound after sun lotion is also very soothing with natural plant
Free radical damage to cells is normal when exposed to UV rays.
Therefore, antioxidants are essential in the diet. Red peppers,
oranges, green veg, lemons, grapefruit, broccoli, carrots and
the like are all abundant in antioxidants, but supplementation
is advisable. Coconut oil, hemp oil and the omega fats will help
soothe and lubricate and aloe vera has a cooling and healing effect
on sun stroked skin.
Ignorance of these facts are no longer adequate. Alonside the
intolerable chemical exposure we have to put up with thanks to
the cost-cutting of the 'big name' product manufacturers, these
sunscreens need to be added to the list. There are ALWAYS safe
alternative to what the supermarkets and chemists are selling.
Look on the net, check out health food stores and have a look