Sunscreen: Does it Work? Is it Safe?
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Did you know that regular sunscreens are carcinogenic?
That’s right, the very substance we’re encouraged to slather all over ourselves in order to protect our body’s largest organ (the skin), is suspect of, at worst, causing and speeding the development of cancer and, at best, offering little real protection against skin cancer.
[A] wide range of public health agencies – including the FDA – have found very little evidence that sunscreen prevents most types of skin cancer. [EWG: Sunscreens Exposed]
Want to know more?
- Environmental Working Group: Sunscreens Exposed: Nine Surprising Truths
- It’s Here: EWG’s 2013 Sunscreen Guide
- Keeper of the Home: My Thoughts on Sunscreen — Stephanie’s opinions on “whether we even need to wear sunscreen at all.”
- Cheeseslave: Why We Don’t Use Sunscreen — Ann Marie believes (and there’s much solid evidence to support her theory) that taking cod liver oil boosts the skin’s natural barrier against sun damage. Our own experience here at the Yankee Homestead supports this as well. All of us take cod liver oil daily, and while we can’t spend hours and hours out in the heat of the day with no protection, we rarely use sunscreen. And we’re outside a LOT. [Except for Mr. Native Texan, who has extremely fair skin–he has to remain more vigilant in his battle against the burn. But even he has noticed a difference in how much longer it takes his skin to burn.]
Tomorrow I’ll reveal our favorite sunscreen, used mainly for days at the beach or on other occasions when we’re out in the sun for long periods of time in the middle of the day. Stay tuned!
Here it is: My Favorite Sunscreens (and my large, floppy beach hat)
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I am so very glad to hear someone else looking at this. I am from AZ – intense sun – but I still don’t wear it often. I fair colored children and RARELY use sunscreen with the exception of beach and pool events. We use sun shirts. I have tried Dr. Mercola’s sunscreen and I like it but it does not work well by the pool. I look forward to hearing about your recommendations by the pool 🙂
One more thing – I found this and thought you would most definitely find it interesting – http://www.naturalnutritionadvisor.com/blog/?p=981
I have also asked my friend who teaches for med school to check the DB for some articles….
Yep, Katie, we’ve used coconut oil as sunscreen, too. Love that stuff!
My recommendations are now posted; hope it’s helpful! 🙂