Posted in Family health, health

Sunscreen ingredients to avoid

It is a must for endowarriors to take time and read every label both in food and skincare. And I think it’s also pertinent for healthy individuals to read labels as there are many chemicals that can cause diseases like cancer and cell damage.

Unfortunately, majority of sunscreens on the market today are more harmful than beneficial according to Huffpost. Sunscreens are designed to decrease your risk of skin cancer and allow you to enjoy the sun without worry. Modern day sunscreens have ingredients that may increase your risk of cancer and disrupt the functioning of your hormones.

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The chemical oxybenzone permeates the skin, enters the bloodstream and imitates estrogen in the body. It can activate allergic reactions along with another harmful ingredient – retinyl palmitate.

Chemical suncreens that are potentially harmful to our health (in order of toxicity from highest to lowest);

  • benzene
  • oxybenzone
  • octinoxate
  • homosalate
  • octisalate
  • octocrylene
  • avobenzone

News of famous brands recalling their sunscreen were in several sites recently. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention routinely detects oxybenzone in more than 96 percent of the American population. Study participants who reported using sunscreen have higher oxybenzone exposures (Zamoiski 2015).

Experst suggest to avoid sunscreens with chemicals mentioned above and prefer mineral sunscreens as it is said to be safer. Mineral or Physical sunscreens like titanium dioxide and iron oxide are the ingredients to look for in a good sunscreen.

Sharing the sunscreen products I have been using lately, still it’s to your discretion to be mindful of these carcinogenic warnings. Please know that this post is not a paid ad. These products use physical or mineral sunscreen thus avoiding exposure to carcinogenic chemicals like benzene.

  • Axis-Y Complete No-stress Physical Sunscreen SPF-50+ Pa++++
  • Frudia Green Cooling Sun gel
  • Dr. G Green Mild Sun SPF50+PA++++

Stay safe and healthy ❤

Posted in beauty and wellness, skin care

Sun Protection

It’s smoldering hot here in the Philippines and the perfect time to post about sun protection is yes right now 🙂 

 

I’ve read many medical articles emphasizing the need for sun protection and prompted by increasing cases of various skin conditions particularly skin cancer. Though Filipinos are mostly melanin-rich and brown colored skin, that doesn’t mean we can skip slathering our exposed bodies with sun creams. In my case, I have a lot of skin issues going on, allergies, skin asthma, etc. and with my fair/medium skin – sun protection is a must! 

So we often hear SPF – What is SPF?

SPF stands for sun protection factor. The SPF number tells you how well the product will protect you from UVB, the burning rays of the sun. (Most sunscreens also absorb ultraviolet “A” rays, or UVA.) The higher the SPF number, the greater the amount of protection. Everyone should use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. If you have had a skin cancer or precancer, you should use a sunscreen with an even higher SPF.

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Studies showed that the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes, pretty scary right? It was mentioned in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and featured in their blog – “sun-safety”.  As UV rays account for 80% of skin ageing. That includes, wrinkles, sun spots or skin pigmentation. Besides, who likes to have premature wrinkles? I don’t 😉 

Maybe I’ve already convinced you enough and please always remember “prevention is better than cure. “

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with much love,

 

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