In Short, the best way is to avoid too much sun exposure using a hat and suitable clothing. There is no evidence that the use of a cream prevents malignant disease, but there is ample evidence that the chemicals present in most of the creams on the shelf are absorbed into the bloodstream and damage the skin and body. It is best to choose creams containing natural minerals that do not absorb the circulation and give good protection.
Many rely on sunscreen to keep their skin from the sun. It is enough to look at the growing trend of melanoma, skin cancer, to understand that the use of creams does not absolve us from taking responsibility for our bodies and health, learn a bit more about the exposure to solar radiation and the creams that are marketed on the shelves. We have compiled some facts about sun protection creams and some tips for an enjoyable and safe summer:
5 Facts About Sunscreens
- There is no scientific evidence that sun protection creams prevent melanoma, one of the most deadly cancers. In fact, in the past 35 years, the number of people diagnosed has increased three-fold, with most researchers and health organizations, including the FDA, finding little evidence to link the use of sunscreens and prevention of morbidity. It is also important to note that other factors influence the increase in morbidity: global warming, a tendency to wear more exposed clothes, a preference for darker, tanned skin over light skin tones, and tanning beds.
- Do not let the SPF mislead you – precedes the protection of existing marketers with high numbers (SPF50 and higher). Many people make the mistake of thinking that if they apply an SPF with a high SPF they are more protected and can stay in the sun longer.
What is the SPF and what is it measuring? Sun Protection Factor – measures how much the product protects against ultraviolet rays, B rays – that is very short waves (UVB), which can cause sunburn on the surface of the skin. The SPF does not measure the UVA rays that damage the deep layers of the skin, promote skin aging and cell destruction, and increase the chance of tumors. The FDA in the United States is already trying to move a change in the values written on the bottles out of the understanding that they are misleading the public, which requires legislation and has not yet been implemented.
- The sunscreen does not prevent skin aging. Further to the previous section, because sunscreen does not provide high protection from UVA rays, it does not prevent the formation of wrinkles, pigmentation, and accelerated aging of the skin due to exposure to free radicals.
- The most common creams in the market contain chemicals that are absorbed into the bloodstream and are not good for your body, including fragrances, such as oxybenzone (2), and vitamin A – retinyl palmitate – an antioxidant to help prevent the aging of the skin. Studies show that there is a link between vitamin A and the development of tumors and cancerous lesions in the encounter with direct sunlight.
- Try to avoid using proper protective sprays that are more convenient to use, especially with children. It gives us parents the feeling that children are safer. The spray contains substances that are not healthy for the respiratory system. The Consumers Association of the United States issued a recommendation in 2014 to reduce the use of sun protection sprays and if you choose to use – spray on your hands and then rub, both in children and in adults (3).
The Good News:
True, Saturday at the sea/pool is a favorite pastime for many of us, the sun improves the mood and the most fun on a hot day to soak in cool water. It is possible and worthwhile to do all this more safely:
- 2 for the price of 1. There is nothing like being in the sea in the summer from 17:00 until sunset. This way you earn twice: also staying at sea in the safe hours and pleasure guaranteed from the time of sunset.
- Try to be as with clothes as possible. Put on hats, wear a shirt that protects your back, shoulders, and neck. From experience, it may not be comfortable at first, but you should make it a habit.
- Sit in the shade. Make sure to reach the sea/pool with a sunshade to allow yourself to escape from the sun.
- Learn to read labels on the creams on the shelves. Do not just look at the SPF. Look for a cream that protects both UVB and UVA rays.
- Prefer natural protection factors containing zinc oxide and titanium oxide (ceramic blockers from natural minerals) that provide better protection from the sun. They are more resistant to direct radiation and do not penetrate the skin.
- Check your vitamin D level with or without exposure to sunlight. Controlled exposure to the sun is very important for your health! Direct sunlight causes the body to produce vitamin D, a vitamin of great importance to the normal functioning of the cardiovascular system, to strengthen the bones, the immune system, and to reduce the chances of developing various cancers, including breast cancer, kidneys, colon, and ovaries. In Western culture, where we live most of the day in closed rooms, we are rarely exposed to direct sunlight because of the fear of radiation. As a result, most of the population has significant deficiencies in vitamin D. It is very important to check the level of vitamin D in your body. You can use a dietary supplement, or to be exposed to direct sunlight 10 minutes a day.
Natural Protection by LaVender 100% Natural
Without a doubt, one of the significant challenges we took upon ourselves when we have established Lavender, was to find a suitable replacement and 100% natural protective cream. Over the years we received excellent feedback from customers who return to purchase and tell us how effective the creams are:
- Teva Sun – Body and face protection, based on natural minerals that block radiation, and provides high and effective protection from both UVA and UVB rays. It does not contain nanoparticles and therefore is not absorbed into the bloodstream. It is also excellent for skiers, for those who go wave surfing, and people who work in the sun.
- Face Protection with Red Algae – A daily sunscreen that provides excellent protection for the skin. It is also rich in ceramic radiation blockers, 100% natural, and rich in red algae (Astaxanthin). Acceleration maintains skin from the sun, rich in antioxidants, and prevents the aging of cells.
Everything that is written on this site, is in the opinion of the writers and their best experience and is not a substitute for medical advice.
• EWG: 8 Little-Known Facts About Sunscreens
• Dr. Mercula: Is Your Sunscreen Doing More Harm Than Good?
• CR Consumer reports: Don’t spray sunscreens on kids, at least for now