Summer is my absolute favorite time of year, I love spending time in the warmth of the sun. A few years back, I would slap on whatever sunscreen I had laying around and head outside. It wasn’t until recently that I learned that most sunscreens are loaded with chemicals that are endocrine disruptors. As a Long Island Women’s Health Coach it was important for me to learn about these toxic chemicals, what to avoid and which safe sunscreens can help protect my skin as well as keep my hormones healthy and balanced
What are Endocrine Disruptors?
Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that may interfere with our body’s endocrine system, causing adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological and immune issues.
Most sunscreens contain chemical such as Oxybenzone, Retinyl Palmitate and added Inspect repellent which are endocrine disruptors. Oxybenzone is a chemical that acts like estrogen in the body, studies have found it linked to endometriosis in older women and low birth weights in newborn girls. It may also cause lower sperm levels in men as well as low testosterone in younger boys. Oxybenzone can also cause skin allergies.
Retinyl Palmitate is a form of vitamin A which may be harmful to the skin and possible lead to skin tumors/lesions.
It’s important for our bodies to avoid toxins whenever possible, so this summer take the steps your skin and hormones need to stay healthy. Check out these easy tips that can help:
– Avoid peak times between 10am to 4pm, when the sun is strongest.
– Use a wide hat, sunglasses, long sleeves when possible and umbrella to provide shade.
– Look for safer options like mineral sunscreen that contain zinc oxide.
– Opt for creams instead of sprays which are difficult to apply a thick covering layer. You are also at the risk of inhaling the chemicals.
– Avoid high SPFS (greater than 50SPF) which can give you a false sense of protection, causing you to forget to reapply. Use for broad-spectrum with 15-50 SPF
Not sure which sunscreen is best for you and your family check out The Environmental Working Group (EWG) for their just released has just released their 12th Annual Guide to Sunscreens, which lists the best Beach, Sport, Kids and Moisturizer with SPF.
This summer make sure that you are keeping your skin safe as well as your hormones.
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