Today I’ll be talking about how to choose the best sunscreens, and the worst sunscreens you absolutely want to stay away from, and I’ll tell you, I’ll go over the exact brands you want to be buying as well and the ones, again, you want to stay away from. Here’s the truth that we know. The sun is actually good for you. We need vitamin D. So listen, you want to get a little bit of sunshine.
You want to get some direct sunlight on your skin, 20 to 30 minutes a day, if possible, but at the same time, you don’t want to get burnt, because what that does is that can actually increase your risk of skin cancer if you’re getting burnt on a regular basis.
Also, here’s the danger, though. Many of these conventional sunscreens contain cancer-causing ingredients. So, again, you want to go all-natural if you can.
Here’s how to choose the best sunscreens. Now, here are some sunscreen risks. Number one, a lot of the chemicals, one, for instance, oxybenzone, which is found in a lot of sunscreens and sunblocks today, has hormone-disrupting chemicals. May increase your risk of kidney issues, adrenal issues, throw off your hormones, throw off your issues like your estrogen and you progesterone.
So, again, hormone-disrupting chemicals are found in conventional sunscreens, and think about how damaging that could be to a child, a young boy or a young girl. A lot of men today, even young kids, are having more feminine characteristics can oftentimes happen. A lot of women today are having their estrogen too high at an early age, which can increase their risk of issues like infertility and PCOS and a number of health issues. So, again, staying away from those chemically-laden sunscreens, because they’re hormone disruptors.
Oftentimes these can also cause an allergic reaction. Any type of bumps on the skin or redness of skin indicates there’s an allergic reaction going on. Number three, here’s skin cancer. I’ve heard a lot of people say the sun can cause skin cancer. It’s not true.
Getting healthy amounts of sunlight without getting scorched or really burned does not increase your risk of skin cancer. In fact, it fights skin cancer, because vitamin D has been proven in medical studies to decrease your cancer risk and naturally boost your immune system.
Think about this. You put chemicals on your skin. They interact with UV radiation from the sun, causing carcinogenic compounds that can actually cause skin cancer. So, again, you want to stay away from these chemicals as well, because they increase your risk of skin cancer.
So, these sky-high SPFs to where you’re not getting any vitamin D, that’s the problem is they’re blocking your body from actually getting vitamin D, as well as inhalation. You know, a lot of these chemicals, you’re breathing them in while being in the hot sun all day long. We know that that’s going to cause not only toxicity to skin, but also of the bloodstream, the brain, and many other areas of your body.
Here’s how to find the best sunscreens. Now, number one, you want to avoid sunscreen sprays. Most of these sprays are the most toxic of all of them. Stay away from the sprays. Again, avoid oxybenzone and retinol ingredients, especially this oxybenzone. That’s one of the things. You can flip over your current sunscreen. Make sure it doesn’t have these ingredients. Number three, fragrance ingredients.
If it says fragrance on it, stay away, and also, check out the EWG, that’s the Environmental Working Group, has a whole list, and also, you can search for a more in-depth article by me. Just look up Dr. Ax sunscreen, you’re going to find some of the advanced articles I’ve written on the topic.
Now, here are the best sunscreens and the best brands. All Terrain Aquasport Lotion, SPF 30. Again, this is one of the brands you want to be using for natural skin protection, natural sunscreen. Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream, SPF 30. In fact, this is the brand my wife have used.
I’ve made our own at home using lavender essential oil and myrrh and some others, which we’ll talk about, but Badger is a great brand as well. ATTITUDE Family Sensitive Skin Care, Bare Belly Organics, and then Waxhead Sun Defense. These are all good options, and you can see the full list by going to draxe.com, or just Google searching Dr. Ax sunscreen list there on Google.
Now, here are the worst sunscreens for kids, and look, they’re the big ones. These are the big companies. Banana Boat for Kids Continuous Spray in SPF 100. Super toxic to the body according to the Environmental Working Group, the EWG.
You can check out their listings on there for the bad ingredients. Coppertone Foaming Kids Wacky Foam, not a good one. Another Coppertone brand and Neutrogena. These are the ones, especially you can see, these ones over 60 SPF are the ones you typically want to stay away from. Instead, going natural with All Terrain and Badger and some of these other brands is what you want to do.
Again, here’s some other things to consider, better ways to avoid sun exposure. Number one, get an hour or two of sun, and then cover up is a good option. So, again, wear some clothes and a hat. Wearing rash guards and wetsuit tights is a good option, too, for reducing sun exposure. Get in the shade. Wear sunglasses, of course. Avoid peak sun, and check daily UV Index.
Again, we all want to get a little bit of sun on a daily basis. You just don’t want to get burnt, okay, you don’t want to get too much. So, again, getting an hour of sun and then putting on some sunscreen, if that’s what it takes to not get burnt, or to cover up, that’s the best strategy, there.
Also, hey listen, you can also make your own sunscreen at home. Simply do a mixture of zinc oxide, along with coconut oil, lavender oil, and even something like a myrrh oil, mixing those together, rubbing it on your skin. That’s what I do most of the time is that simple three ingredient. Again, zinc oxide, coconut oil, and essential oils of your choice, like lavender oil, and myrrh oil is a great way to get natural skin protection there as well.
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