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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Protection from a natural sunscreen is better than a chemical one

There are benefits of getting a bit of sun on our skin, without sunscreen (approx. 20 mins each day). In fact, getting some sun on our skin is good for us, and it is necessary for our bodies to generate vitamin D. But too much sun has the potential to burn our bodies, cause eye damage, some cancers, and deteriorate the quality of our skin.

Have you wondered why it is better to use a natural sunscreen than a chemical one?

Lets take a look at some of the most common nasty chemicals that are used to manufacture chemical sunscreens:

  • Octyl-methoxycinnamate - produces free radicals (singlet molecular oxygen) known to be toxic to cells.
  • Titanium Dioxide - causes DNA damage (the cells genetic material) due to superoxide radicals, active oxygen radicals and hydroxyl radicals when exposed to light.
  • Oxybenzone - is rapidly oxidised in the presence of light and inactivates important antioxidant systems in the skin 
  • PABA - produces free radicals in the presence of light.
  • Cinoxate - causes DNA damage (sister chromatid exchanges).

In natural sunscreens, one of the safest and most commonly used ingredient is Zinc Oxide, which is a mineral that provides sufficient protection against the sun's harmful rays, UVB and UVA. No other sunscreen ingredient provides a broader protection. This mineral is also not adsorbed on the skin, so it provides a barrier protection, or sunblock for the skin. 

One of my favorite natural sunscreens is the Miessence Reflect Outdoor Balm. It is a water-free nourishing balm with micro-fine zine oxide that help reflect the damaging UV rays. The organic olive oil keeps the skin supple, whilst the potent antioxidants such as natural vitamin E, beta carotene and rosemary extract, protect the skin from premature aging and prevent damage caused by the elements. Check out this sunscreen now. CLICK HERE

I would like to recommend a very informative presentation by Dr Sarah Lantz, which will give you an insight into the facts about sun exposure, sun protection, and nanoparticles. Get access by clicking on the below link.

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