Is Your Suncream Doing More Harm Than Good?

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suncreamThe smell of sun cream always reminds me of great holidays with friends and family, sun, sea, sand, cold beer and colder ice cream!

The bottle of sun cream which smells so good, and is meant to protect you from the suns harmful rays, might not be as safe as you think. You may have already read about the dangers of commercial sun cream, If you haven’t, then the bad news is that most sun creams on the market are loaded with toxic and potentially carcinogenic ingredients, that can only be bad for your health.

This is highly ironic considering that they are supposed to be protecting us, but could be causing us even more damage!

So What’s In Most Common Sun creams, Ingredients To Look Out For:

  • Oxybenzone, which symptoms include hormone disruptions, cell damage linked to cancer and allergic reactions.
    Retinyl Palmitate – Vitamin A palmitate may actually increase the speed at which malignant cells develop and spread skin cancer because they contain vitamin A and its derivatives, retinol, and retinyl palmitate
  • Fragrances – These can contain synthetic fragrance, as this term describes any number of harmful chemicals that do not have to be listed individually on the label. Some common “fragrance” chemicals include:
    Parabens: Synthetic preservatives known to interfere with hormone production and release.
  • Phthalates: Another synthetic preservative that’s carcinogenic and linked to reproductive effects (decreased sperm counts, early breast development, and birth defects) and liver and kidney damage
  • Synthetic Musks: These are linked to hormone disruption and are thought to persist and accumulate in breast milk, body fat, umbilical cord blood, and the environment.

Shocking right???

 And that is just scratching the surface of the horrific chemicals that are found in most commercial sunscreens. So what are you to do if you want to spend time in the sun?

Well luckily there are lots of chemical free suncreams on the market such as Dr. Mercola, my favourite is Chemical Free Sun Cream from Pure Nuff Stuff.

The blend in Pure Nuff Stuff’s Chemical Free Sun Cream is from only 6 all natural ingredients. It  has UVA and UVB SPF 20 protection from microfine Titanium Dioxide, which doesn’t penetrate the skin and go into the blood stream, but instead sits on top of the skin to reflect the suns rays.

I have tried other chemical free suncreams before and they have all been extremely thick, difficult to apply and very whitening to the skin.

Extra Benefits

Pure Nuff Stuff Suncream also doubles as a really good hair styling product! and it’s especially good for guys with thick hair like myself. It gives you a strong hold, without being greasy and naturally conditions the hair with Sweet Apricot Kernel Oil.