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Ingredients in sunscreen

Ingredients in sunscreen

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Now the sun is shining you probably are thinking about sunscreen, the leading product in this regard, which helps to protect the outer layer of your skin from the damaging effects of UV radiation. Conventional sunscreen, however, contains a number of chemical ingredients that may actually be harmful to your health. Here’s a list of the 5 common chemicals found in non-organic sunscreens and their health effects.
1. Avobenzone
Avobenzone is a primary agent in commercial sunscreens due to its effectiveness in absorbing a wide range of ultraviolet (UV) rays, specifically the type that is known to cause sunburn. It’s been considered a relatively safe chemical, but recent research suggests otherwise. Avobenzone degrades in the sun, resulting in the release of free radicals that may actually increase the risk for cancer.
Free radicals are also known to accelerate skin aging and research has also tied it to a slew of allergies.
2. Fragrance
Sunscreen is often injected with a variety of artificial fragrances as a means of making the product more appealing and tolerable to the senses. The list of aroma-producing chemicals used for this purpose is enormous — over 1,500 — and you’ll rarely see the actual chemical name of a fragrance on a label, as many chemicals are grouped together under the umbrella term “artificial fragrance.”
Cancer, nervous system disorders, allergies, and birth defects are some of the shocking concerns that have been linked to artificial fragrance. It shouldn’t be surprising that an increasing number of public places are now banning their use.
3. Oxybenzone
Oxybenzone and avobenzone function in similar ways, and both are found in the majority of commercial sunscreens. While they do absorb the sun’s rays so they don’t penetrate the skin, they are actually more toxic than avobenzone. This chemical may actually be behind the increased rates of melanoma, the skin cancer that most people are attempting to avoid by using sunscreen! Oxybenzone has been found to lower the birth weight of girls whose mothers’ bodies had high exposure levels. It’s also linked to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage.
4. Parabens
Parabens are commonly used as preservatives in sunscreen as well as a variety of personal care and beauty products. There are 18 different varieties, and you can easily spot them on most labels because they all contain the word “paraben” in their chemical nomenclature. What makes them dangerous is that they’re estrogen disruptors. Parabens have been associated with infertility, abnormal development of the testes, obesity, asthma, allergies, benign tumors of the uterus or digestive tract, and breast cancer.
5. Vitamin A
Considering that it is a necessary nutrient, it might seem surprising to see vitamin A listed as a concern. The shocking truth is that when vitamin A — often in the form of retinyl palmitate — is exposed to UV light, it creates free radicals that may cause genetic mutations that actually increase cancer risk.