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Sunscreen is controversial subject only because it has been used for so long without question. Like smoking and tobacco was widely accepted, even encouraged, the safety of sunscreen is being deeply questioned.
The main concerns about sunscreen:
– Some ingredients in most high street sunscreens can become carcinogenic in the sun
– Some sunscreens separate the UVA and UVB rays. This means that your skin doesn’t get burned great – BUT the burning of your skin is a signal to tell you to GET OUT OF THE SUN – you’ve had enough!
– Some Sunscreens just block UVB rays, the UV rays that cause sunburn (the message from your skin). When UVB’s are blocked they are separated from the UVA. To be clear, this means that the UVA still penetrate through. Studies show that UVA rays cause more skin damage. And, because you’re STILL in the sun (because you’re not getting the message from your skin) those UVA rays do their damage for longer.
– Look a little deeper at what this means and we can see that sunscreen is blocking our vitamin D production, because it is the UVB rays that create vitamin D.
– And no, using man-made sunbeds is not a short cut. The intensity makes the dangerous (2, 3)
On top of that, some of the sunscreens (many high street common brands) contain carcinogenic free-radical chemicals, which get baked into our skin when exposed to the sun. Oxybenzone being a main sunscreen issue (1)
Dr Ackerman, founding father of the study of dermatology, author of Sun and the epidemic of Melanoma; Myth on Myth (2008) substantiated that there is no direct link between the sun and melanoma. Helen Saw, published in the medical journal the Lancet, found that indoor workers who are exposed to artificial lighting are more likely to get Melanoma. Staying indoors all day, not being exposed to much sunlight, then going on holiday for a ROASTING is the perfect bad recipe for skin problems.
Lack of sunlight and our cultures lack of vitamin D3 is linked to cancer and that appropriate sun exposure can prevent skin cancer.
The use of some common, household name, high-street sunscreens can lead to the accumulation of toxins in the lipid layer and increase xenoestrogens (1) which imitate estrogen in our bodies, further messing with our hormonal balance….
In the Interview, Nadine goes on to say that; “Yes sunscreen will prevent the sun burn but at what cost? We do want to avoid sunburn but, sunburns are actually easier for our DNA to process than the sun damage of being in the sun with sunscreens”
What’s the solution?
– Natural alternatives to sunscreen include: raspberry seed oil, coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba
– Build protection from the inside a diet rich in foods high in antioxidants. They will help protect and heal from the inside out. Chaga mushroom, acai, beetroot, purple grapes, red grapes, blueberries, lemons (including the skin), spirulina.
– Gradually build up more time in the sun, without sunscreen. The naturally darker your skin the more time you can spend without burning. But listen to your skin – if it’s burning it means go find shade.
– Get sun in the morning or late afternoon. This way you will be exposed to milder rays.
– If you are really white (and or prone to burning) then expose certain parts of your body first. Feet, calves, hands and forearms, and build up from there, slowly. Think of it as a marathon – not a sprint, as we have been told, often by the sunscreen manufacturers.
– Connect to nature. For millions of years we have evolved waking with the sun and going to sleep with the moon. You are always connected to nature, it’s time to tune in and listen to the messages, not numbing and blocking them.
This beautiful interview with Nadine Artemis from Living Libations took place back stage at the Longevity now conference in California. David Wolfe is one of the creators of Longevity, and a known force in the Vegan and Superfood World.
Nadine has arrange of very clean products that I have used and highly recommend. Nadine Artemis is a highly sought after World Renowned speaker who offers insights on health.
Sunscreen; a highly fascinating topic, resulting with an illusive obvious answer.
This is Nadine Artemis talking about sunscreen and sun exposure at the Longevity Now Conference: