I am so excited to bring you my very first special guest writer (SGW) in today?s post: the absolutely gorgeous, fabulous Jennifer Devlin.? Jennifer is a Master Esthetician and has created an all natural and organic skin care line called Celtic Complexion.? She is very knowledgeable about holistic skin care, and is extremely passionate about educating the public on the dangers posed by many commonly used ingredients found in products that people put on their faces and bodies every day. Today Jennifer posted a note on her Facebook page titled ?The Hidden Dangers of Sunscreen?, and has graciously allowed me to share it with you.??
I have already posted about how protecting yourself from the sun can help fight off free radicals and reduce your risk for developing certain skin cancers.? I briefly discussed how all chemical sunscreens are toxic to the body, and can create free radicals themselves.? In her article, Jennifer goes into great detail about the dangers of chemical sunscreens, and offers lots of food for thought?her views may be considered controversial by some, but they are all well supported by scientific studies…here she is.

The Hidden Dangers of Sunscreen…

For decades, irresponsible cosmetic companies and a small group of very vocal, publicity-seeking dermatologists have strongly advocated that chemical sunscreens should be heavily applied before any exposure to sunlight, even on young children.? They insisted that such sunscreen use would prevent skin cancer and protect your health. This was despite of a lack of any adequate safety testing of these chemicals. (It should be emphasized that most dermatologists are much more cautious and careful.)

On the other hand, over the past decade, many scientists studying cancer have come to virtually the opposite conclusion; “the use of sunscreen chemicals may be increasing the incidence of cancer and that sunlight exposure may actually decrease human cancer rates and improve your health.”?

Chemical sunscreens do more harm than good.

It now appears that many heavily-used chemical sunscreens may actually increase cancers by virtue of their free radical generating properties. According to The Holistic Health Library, “many commonly used sunscreen chemicals have strong estrogenic actions that may cause serious problems in sexual development and adult sexual function, and may further increase cancer risks.”

Worldwide, the greatest rise in melanoma has been experienced in countries where chemical sunscreens have been heavily promoted. The rise in melanoma has been exceptionally high in Queensland, Australia where the medical establishment has vigorously promoted the use of sunscreens. Queensland now has more incidences of melanoma per capita than any other place on Earth.

The science is there…

Studies have found that the incidence of skin cancers has increased even as sunscreens have become popular among fair-skinned people. The ?establishment?s? answer to this increase in the cancer rate is that wearing sunscreen makes people stay in the sun too long.

A study by Drs. Mike Brown (Kate Law of the Cancer Research Campaign) and Philippe Autier (European Institute of Oncology in Milan) reported that children using sunscreen returned from holiday with more skin moles?a possible sign of increased cancer risk.

Some say that people who wear higher factor sunscreens tend to stay out in sunlight much longer, because they feel protected. However, others have pointed out that if sunscreen chemicals were protective, the factors of longer sun exposure would be somewhat countered by the sunscreen’s supposed protective actions.

Why is this allowed to happen?

This raises questions as to why no member of the academic dermatology community, over the past 30 years, has raised warnings about the dangers of chemical sunscreens. The answer is that the cosmetic industry has effectively silenced leading academic dermatologists by a widespread pattern of payments in the form of consulting fees, grants, retainers, vacation arrangements, and so on. In essence, industry has bought their silence on issues and products that might be embarrassing. Most academic dermatologists focus their attention on innocuous, safe, non-controversial topics that will not offend their corporate sponsors. They must honor their agreements with their benefactors.

In my opinion, corporate greed has created products that are harmful. I’m talking hundreds of sunscreens that I believe are toxic because they contain man-made chemicals … chemicals I believe can cause serious health problems and increase your risk of disease.

Here’s why:

The main chemical used in sunscreens to filter out ultraviolet B light is octyl methoxycinnamate; OMC for short. OMC has been found to kill mouse cells even at low doses.? Plus, it was also shown to be particularly toxic when exposed to sunshine. And guess what? OMC is present in 90 percent of sunscreen brands!

But that’s not the half of it.?

A common ultraviolet A filter, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, has also demonstrated toxic properties. The chemicals present in sunscreens are also estrogen-producing.? Several studies show that the chemicals commonly used in sunscreens are absorbed through the skin and end up circulating in your blood stream. Not good. So…

I consider these chemicals to be dangerous and potentially life threatening. Do yourself a BIG Favor…if your sunscreen or moisturizer contains any of the following chemicals, toss them out!

???? Para amino benzoic acid…
???? Octyl salicyclate…
???? Avobenzone…
???? Oxybenzone…
???? Cinoxate…
???? Padimate O…
???? Dioxybenzone…
???? Phenylbenzimidazole…
???? Homosalate…
???? Sulisobenzone…
???? Menthyl anthranilate…
???? Trolamine salicyclate…
???? Octocrylene…

The safest ingredients to look for in a sunscreen/sunblock are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide

These two active ingredients are natural minerals. Minerals that actually come from clay and beach sand deposits. This means they are not the harsh, synthetically-produced chemicals you’ll often find in popular brands.
Unlike chemical sunscreens that absorb ultraviolet light, nature provides us with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide … two remarkable ingredients that remain on your skin to reflect and scatter away both UVA and UVB rays from your body.? It may surprise you to find out that zinc oxide has been used all over the world for over 75 years as a safe sunscreen to help you prevent excessive sun exposure.

How do they do this?

Quite simply, they do it by forming a physical barrier, without irritating or clogging your pores. I would recommend going to The Environmental Working Group and search for the best sunscreen for you and your family. They have the most comprehensive sunscreen guide.

I am creating a mineral sunscreen that will make its debut this summer?so be on the lookout!

For more about Jennifer Devlin and her skin care products, please visit her website at www.CelticComplexion.com and “Like”? her Facebook page.

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