I have recently come across some interesting information from multiple people and sites talking about how if you have all the nutrients you need (coming from whole foods) and you are healthy that you don't really need to wear sunscreen. At first I was shocked, because of course we are taught that the sun is evil and deadly and sunscreen is a must! I was raised by a sunscreen crazy mother and I do wear spf on my face daily and sunscreen if im going hiking/at the pool. But the more I looked into it and thought about it, it kind of makes sense for the other argument: Sunscreen is only recent in human history, we evolved thousands of years without it! Although our ozone layer is different now, the sun has not changed in billions of years. Now that we are sunscreen obsessed, skin cancer has skyrocketed compared to say the 1930s when almost everyone worked outside...without sunscreen! I found some studies that people with the lowest rates of skin cancer are lifeguards in AUSTRALIA and the highest rates were office workers in cloudy UK! There is a lot of info about vitamin D from the sun PREVENTING a wide range of cancers.
After I got past the shock, I realized that this may be similar to meat/protein myths. Sunscreen/cosmetics make billions of dollars scaring people away from the sun. Dermatologists are among the highest paid doctors. Even cancer organizations make billions from skin cancer. I remember reading something in Diet for a New America about how the cancer industry is thriving on money, but is not really looking in the right places to actually cure it because there is no money in that. Sad, but true. But what about all the organizations, govt, american skin cancer societies you say? Is it possible they are just biased sources, just like the government/ADA/FDA/USDA telling you that you need milk for strong bones and meat for protein? Other countries organizations seem to be more understanding of these issues, but not the greedy U.S.
Anyway....I am not suggesting baking in the sun nor going to a tanning salon. I know that sunburns can cause cancer and that melanoma is deadly. All I'm saying is do you think we shouldn't worry so much about covering every inch of our skin with sunscreen? I'm becoming more aware of what I'm putting on my skin and sunscreen is still just a bunch of chemicals, even the "natural kind" does not sound like stuff I want in my body. Yes, I said in. I am eating a whole foods plant based diet, and getting tons of antioxidants. But I do live in the pacific northwest and hardly get any sun...so even going out w/o sunscreen will not give me enough vitamin D (at least until summer).
I personally do not wear sunscreen. At the beginning of summer I lay out 3-4 times (I do not burn I just get tan) so that I can stock up on Vitamin D. The rest of the time I wear a large sun hat that blocks my face and neck from the sun. I think one problem with the sun is that people do not realize how much they are actually exposed to it- everyday exposure, even when it is cloudy, really adds up. Your body does not get any vitamin D through windows, so while you're in the car driving or inside a window in your house you are not getting anything beneficial, only harmful. Moderation is important when it comes to sun exposure, but if it was a choice between sunscreen and sun exposure, I would take my chances with the sun.
I live in Hawai'i and I have to be super careful-I always use this amazing sunscreen;even in the winter you have access to vitamin D but now that it's summer,sunscreen whenever I venture out.I get so much natural vitamin D every day on my 2 mile run in the morning.My father had melanoma surgery so I am super careful.I'm not taking any chances with the sun!
I tried the sunscreen British Nanny from Lush, it's vegetarian and spf 30. Though many sunscreens can be harmful and contain dubious ingredients not using sunscreen and burning can cause cancer. Remember that UVA and UVB rays are different. The former is long wave and can penetrate clouds and windows, it causes ageing and wrinkles. The latter is short wave and responsible for burning. Use a groovy sunscreen, wear a hat and avoid the sun.
Try Celadon Road Sunscreen, safe for babies as young as 6mo old. They carry other organic products as well, nearly all are Vegan Friendly (a few have sustainably harvested beeswax), and are completely chemical free! www.myceladonroad.com/adenniston to learn about the wonderful products.
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