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Sunscreen Warning

Is your sunscreen which is supposed to protect you from skin cancer, actually giving you cancer?

Woman in the sun with sunglasses

There is definite evidence that sun exposure contributes to the risk of skin cancer.


Solar radiation is classified as a known human carcinogen according to the US Report of Carcinogens. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) also classifies solar radiation as carcinogenic to humans. When the UV INDEX is forecast to reach 3 or above sunscreen is a MUST, it needs to be applied on the face, neck, ears, and scalp (if not wearing a hat). I always include hands and tops of feet (if not wearing closed-toed shoes )and any other body areas that will be exposed.

Solar Radiation Diagram

Many brands of sunscreen on the market today claim to protect you from the sun and prevent skin cancer, however, recent studies have shown that certain ingredients commonly found in sunscreen formulations are carcinogenic. These carcinogenic ingredients can be found in products of some of the biggest names in the market such as Neutrogena ,Coppertone, Walgreens and CVS sunscreen products.


Sunscreens are considered drugs that are regulated by the FDA; according to the FDA, high levels of the chemical, BENZENE were found in many of these sunscreen products.


The ingredients to BE AWARE of are:

Avobenzone

Oxybenzone

Octisalate

Octinoxate

Octocylene

Octocrylene

Homosalate

Many sunscreen ingredients are absorbable through the skin which have been found in the blood and have been proven to be Endocrine disrupters.


What are Endocrine Disrupters?


Endocrine disrupters are chemicals, natural or man-made, that interfere with the body's hormones causing widespread problems with the immune system, brain, reproductive system, and even developmental issues. They also cause harm to animals (look out for them in household cleaning products that contain fragrances). Endocrine disrupters have even been detected in breast milk and urine samples after being absorbed through the skin.


Other ways that these chemicals can be absorbed into the body are by inhalation of sprays such as sunscreens in a spray, through the lips from lip products with SPF and powders with an SPF, all of these can be harmful to the lungs and other internal organs.

These disrupters have been found in multiple sunscreen brands that are sold everywhere.


Problem Sunscreens

View the full report here.

So now the question is, what sunscreen is safe?


Definitely TIZO and absolutely EPIONCE, these are two lines that I have carried for years. Both of these sunscreens are known for its superior ingredients which do no harm.


Tizo Sunscreen

TIZO‘s motto is... “What you put on your body is as important as what you put in.” It’s main active ingredients, titanium dioxide, and zinc oxide are in a proprietary form which has been deemed SAFE and effective by the FDA in 2019 and approved by the American Cancer Association.

EPIONCE is known for compatibility with skin sensitivities and conditions, always winning awards for its exceptional quality. Plus, both are CORAL REEF FRIENDLY!



Find TIZO and EPIONCE products here.

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