Dirty Little Secrets about Sunscreen Exposed- Part 2 Are there Toxic and Dangerous Chemicals in Your Sunscreen?

Much has been made over the last two decades about the benefits of sunscreen use. Sunscreen creates a protective barrier on the surface of the skin that limits the amount of potentially harmful UV rays that penetrate the skin’s outermost layer. Excessive UV exposure has been scientifically linked to increased risk of skin cancer, although susceptibility varies from individual to individual depending on several different factors.

What consumers may not realize is that the very ingredients that help keep UV light from penetrating the skin’s surface are associated with other kinds of health problems, including hormone disruption and mild to severe skin allergies. These same chemicals have been found to leach into the breast milk of nursing mothers and into the environment, causing mutations and reproductive problems in animals and sea life. Additionally, research suggests that an astounding 97 percent of Americans have traces of one or more common sunscreen chemicals in their blood.

Unfortunately, almost every commercial sunscreen on the market contains at least one of these potentially-harmful or problematic chemicals. Most contain two or more. If you have a bottle of sunscreen in your medicine cabinet, check the label and see if you find any of these listed:

Oxybenzone- A very common ingredient in sunscreen products, also considered one of the most potentially harmful. Oxybenzone is associated with hormone disruption (it mimics estrogen in the body). It’s also highly allergenic and easily penetrates the outer layer of the skin, getting into the bloodstream and breast milk.

Octinoxate (Octylmethoxycinnamate)- Another common sunscreen ingredient, also associated with hormone disruption and reproductive problems. It has been found to leach into breast milk. It’s moderately allergenic and is as dangerous to animals as it is to humans.

Homosalate- Disrupts androgen, estrogen and progesterone and has the ability to leach into breast milk.

Avobenzone- Considered one of the most effective UVA filters, but is highly allergenic and breaks down easily.

Octisalate- Usually added as a stabilizer for avobenzone, but has the ability to penetrate the skin’s surface, although it is not yet known what kind of negative health effects it may have.

Octocrylene- Has the ability to penetrate skin and leach into breast milk. It is highly allergenic.

Titanium Dioxide- Used mainly in spray and powder sunscreens. May cause respiratory problems if inhaled. If made in nano particles might penetrate to the bloodstream and cause cells damage.

Zinc Oxide- This mineral (not a chemical) is sometimes referred to as a “natural” sunscreen. Is associated with respiratory problems if inhaled. If made in nano particles might penetrate to the bloodstream and cause cells damage.

(These are not the only chemicals that may show up in sunscreen but are the most common.)

My personal advise is to stay out of sun in peak hours, suntan 15-30 minutes a day, protect yourself with long sleeves and a hat and use your common sense rather then sunscreens.

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Dirty Little Secrets about Sunscreen Exposed- Part 1 The Vitamin D Deficiency Epidemic

Everyone knows that certain actions, even good, well-intentioned ones, sometimes have unintended consequences. This is almost certainly the case with latest scourge of vitamin D deficiency in many industrialized countries around the world. The lack of vitamin D appears to have nothing to do with diet but rather with people’s zealous attempts to avoid UV damage associated with sunlight exposure.

It seems that citizens have taken the “Slip, Slop, Slap” (slip on a shirt, slop on the sunscreen and slap on a hat) to heart since this anti-sun campaign was popular in the 1980′s. But a June 2014 article which outlined the results of a study conducted by Karolinska Institute in Sweden shows that sun avoidance may not only be leading to vitamin D deficiency, it may even be increasing a person’s risk of skin cancer.

It’s an undisputed fact that too much UV exposure can result in skin cells becoming cancerous. But what many people don’t realize is that, ironically, skin cancer can also develop when the body doesn’t get enough vitamin D. Often referred to as “the sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D actually provides the body with natural skin cancer protection.

Vitamin D is available through some food sources. Animal-based foods are one of the best sources of vitamin D, particularly fish and fish oils and eggs. Milk also contains some vitamin D, and commercially-packaged milk often has extra vitamin D added to it, as do some other beverage products, like certain brands of orange juice. If you happen to be vegan, your ability to get vitamin D from food is limited to almost nothing besides mushrooms (but only if they’ve been exposed during growth to UV light) and grain cereals that have been fortified with vitamin D. Overall, very few foods contain it, and those that do may not contain adequate amounts to meet daily human requirements.

However, the very best source of vitamin D is the sun. Not only is it an abundant, readily-available source, it’s also the best type of vitamin D – the D3 for the body. The body is only able to produce this particular variety (D3) from UVB light exposure.

When you avoid the sun and lather on the sunscreen, you inhibit the body’s ability to produce vitamin D3. The Karolinska Institute’s 20-year study has shown that this trend in total sun-avoidance has lead to an epidemic in skin cancer rates as well as other diseases and illnesses associated with vitamin D deficiency. Other studies have even linked it with increased rates of pre-term delivery in pregnant women.

What should the average person take away from this new information? Does this mean that sunbathing is “in” again? Not necessarily, but it does seem to indicate that a little bit of sun exposure isn’t a bad thing, and is actually good for you.

Just how much sun exposure is safe and necessary for adequate vitamin D production? This is where the numbers get hard to pin down, because it varies greatly from individual to individual. It depends on numerous factors, including a person’s weight, height and age as well as location on the planet. (Those living closer to the equator experience more intense sunlight rays and therefore need less exposure than those furthest from the equator to produce the same amount of vitamin D.) Skin type also plays a crucial role; those with fair skin make vitamin D faster and more efficiently than those with darker skin. Since fair-skinned people burn faster than those with dark skin, they need (and can only tolerate) less sun exposure that those with darker skin tones. According to Dr. Oz, about 10-15 minutes per day of sun exposure (with about 40 percent of your skin exposed- about the equivalent of a short-sleeved shirt and shorts) is probably sufficient for those with fair skin, while those with darker skin should strive for two to three times that amount of sun exposure.

Vitamin D deficiency isn’t the only problem that is linked to prolific sunscreen use. In our next blog we’ll talk about another little-known dirty secret about sunscreen and its potential for creating health problems.

*1 “Compelling evidence: Slathering on toxic sunscreen and avoiding the sun could jeopardize your health and shorten your life.” Natural News. http://www.naturalnews.com/045854_sunscreens_toxic_chemicals_cancer_risk.html
*2 “Safer Sunscreen.” Dr. Victoria Maizes. The Doctor Oz Show (Online). http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/victoria-maizes-md/safer-sunscreen

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Solution to your Acne problems

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Removing Blackheads Is the Very First Step to Prevent Acne.

I have more than 20 years of practice in healing acne and dealing with acne, oily skin, blackheads and white heads. If it comes to removing blackheads I have never experienced any results from creams, lotions, salicylic acid, glycolic acid ,benzol peroxide,different types of scrubs, microdermabrasion etc. There is no product on the market which would remove the sebum from the whole pore. The sebum is produced by the oil gland and over time becomes a blackhead (due to chemical reaction with the oxygen, not because  it is dirty) and the only way to remove that blackhead is the mechanical way. By mechanical way I mean

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Do Not Settle For Less!

Recently I spoke to my friend about her experience at a big spa where she went for a relaxing massage she received as a gift from her daughter. Her massage took place in the room placed at the beginning of a long hallway and during her massage she could hear many people walking and passing by her room, talking loudly while people slammed doors and left showers running. On top of everything there was a door between her room and next so she heard the conversation between another client and the aesthetician. Later my friend heard all of the noises while the aesthetician cleaned the room. All that and more during the two hours that were dedicated to her ‘relaxing’ massage with a price tag of almost $250.

My friend was disturbed and very unhappy with her experience but thought maybe she was being too picky or too sensitive and was unsure of her expectations. She asked me for my opinion. Continue reading

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Are you drinking more then 6 glasses of water a day even when you not thirsty? Stop!

Are you one of those who carry a bottle around and force every sip into you just to fulfill “recommendations”?
Do you drink even if you are not thirsty?
Do you think that thirst means you are already dehydrated?

Let me share with you what I’ve learned from Cathy Gulli’s article “Enough with drinking water” in Lifestyle.

Susan Barr, the professor of nutrition at the University of British Columbia has very strong opinion that it is a myth that in order to hydrate ourselves we need  to drink plain water . All kind of fluids count – juice, pop, beer, coffee, tea, soup. The water is also  in chicken, other meat, bread, fruits.
We should stop choking down 8 glasses of water as we are told to and start to take much more individualized approach to hydration. We are not the same, how much water we need depends on our diet, level of activities, how hot our environment is, our size and our health issue, not to mentioned personal preferences. Continue reading

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