4.999999 out of 5 Sunscreens
Are Hazardous To Your Health!
A study by the U.S. Centers
for Disease Control (CDC) reveals that 97% of Americans are contaminated with a widely-used sunscreen ingredient called oxybenzone
that has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage! -25 MAR 2008
One of the things that we are passionate about
is keeping kids safe from the many toxicities we unfortunately encounter on a daily basis from our synthetic industrialized
world. When we researched the safety of the suntan lotions we drench on our children all summer long, we were amazed how
many of the ingredients in the products from companies claiming to be natural and/or organic sounded like chemicals. When
we checked into this we found most sunscreens contain UNSAFE CHEMICALS.
From several different sources we have read that
the chemical sunscreens can possibly cause FREE RADICAL DAMAGE to the skin when exposed to light (contributing to cancer),
are ABSORBED through the skin into the body (and are probably accumulating in fat cells as many toxins do), may have ESTROGENIC
activity (affecting our hormone balance) and may affect BRAIN DEVELOPMENT.
I know this seems hard to believe because we are
bombarded with warnings to protect ourselves from sun burn and sun damage. We constantly hear commercials for sun products
that supposedly protect us from the evil sun. Skin Cancer Rates have tripled in recent years, even with the heightened use
of sunscreen. Now there is research that is linking the chemical ingredients in sunscreens to skin cancer!!! The Life Empowerment
team recommends caution. Choose your sunscreen wisely!
The worst offenders in the group of chemical sunscreens are IN ALL
OF THE COMMON SUNCREENS-Coppertone, Banana Boat, Hawaiian Tropics, etc.-even in formulas for kids and babies.
We were also surprised
how many of the sunscreens that claimed to be natural had these toxins in them!
The list of potentially toxic and carcinogenic
ingredients to avoid includes:
- Octyl-Methoxycinnamate aka
- Parasol 1789
- Parabens (toxic preservatives)
- Octyldimethyl-PABA (OD-PABA)
- 4-methyl-benzylidene camphor (4-MBC)
- Para amino benzoic acid
- Octyl salicyclate
- Padimate O
- Menthyl anthranilate
- Trolamine salicyclate
After hours of research, we found the healthiest choice is a product
called Mexitan. (I know, weird name). We now carry this product at our office! If you have friends and family in other states
who want it, their website is www.mexitan.com. Remember, everything that you put on your skin enters into your bloodstream,
which then has to be filtered by your liver and kidneys. We have enough toxins, we don't need to add more to our skin every
Mexitan uses two natural ingredients- Zinc oxide and Titanium Dioxide, which comes from beach sand and clay. This
product will have a light glimmer when you look at your skin in the sun. This is a water-resistant formula (any
waterproof formula has toxins in it). Remember to reapply after periods of swimming. This comes in many SPF's. For your
children we recommend the SPF 50. Enjoy!
Also check out our natural bug spray called Skedattle!