Natural Sunscreen Options

Growing up as a kid in the late 80’s and early 90’s I remember the vivid depiction of what was inevitable with the thinning of the ozone layer.


 

Nightly news spent days and days describing how skin cancer would go through the roof and how our very lives were in peril. All we had to do to fix it was to stop using aerosol spray cans… poof problem solved. Step forward 20 years (has it been that long!?) and guess what? The ozone hole surged to near record size just last month!

Enter the sunscreen market. Since the mid-80’s sunscreen usage has boomed. Sunscreen application is a daily routine for millions of people and sunscreens can be found in multiple forms including topical creams and spray on applications. With the proliferation of sunscreen usage one would expect to see a corresponding drop in skin cancer rates… right? Well in reality not so much… cancer rates have continued to grow.

Burned if You Don’t Cancer’ed if You Do

It turns out that “normal” sunscreens are filled with a ton of hazardous chemicals including:

  • Oxybenzone
  • Octinoxate
  • Homosalate
  • Octisalate
  • Octocrylene

These five are listed as the potentially most hazardous according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) due to the absorptive nature and ability to disrupt hormones or imitate vital functions. So the choice to protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays is one of choosing to apply chemicals directly to your largest body organ or get burned.

Demand for Alternatives

As people have become aware of the dangers of the chemicals in sunscreens alternatives have started to pop up. Go-Nayked.com, as you are aware, spends all of our time finding natural and clean alternative products, testing them, making sure their ingredient list is good, and then making it easy for you to find them. We have 17 products with sunscreen/ sun protection related properties currently listed giving you some great choices.

Choosing a Natural Sunscreen

The problem with natural sunscreens is found in price and ingredients. It turns out that the synthetic and toxic chemicals are readily available and cheaply made. On the flip side the choice of natural ingredients is more limited and pricey. You get what you pay for… when it comes to cancer or sunburn isn’t it important?

A great example of a killer natural sunscreen are the products sold by Wotnot from Australia. The location of the company should be of some importance because Australia is regularly caught within the region where the bulk of the ozone layer loss occurs. People there are more exposed to the dangerous rays from the sun. Made with certified organic ingredients the Wotnot brand sunscreen is a perfect choice for everyday wear. Using naturally sourced zinc oxide the sunscreen also uses the following ingredients Grapeseed oil, safflower oil, sesame oil, candellila wax, beeswax, carnauba wax, shea butter, gmo-free vitamin e, purified water, certified organic aloe vera, silica, naticide (all natural preservative).

With natural sunscreens it is important that you regularly re-apply throughout the day. If you are spending more than 4 hours at the beach reapply the sunscreen around that 4 hour mark to ensure continued protection. Apparently the ozone is going to continue to expand and contract despite our best efforts to control the changes. Take the natural route in protecting yourself from both cancer and sunburn with natural sunscreens found here at Go-Nayked.com.

Toxins in Small Doses are Still Toxins

Does Small Equal Safe?


 

During our fight to rid the personal products market of toxins, one opposing argument keeps popping up over and over again. Even though companies admit that their products contain toxins, they argue that the amounts of toxins in their products are too small to cause any damage. ‘Small is safe’ seems to be the motto of the personal care and cosmetics industries. This argument isn’t about evil companies trying to pull the wool over our eyes; in fact, their argument is backed by evidence. Many studies have shown that small amounts of toxins are not bad for us. Unfortunately, these studies have failed to observe the long-term effects of exposure and they investigate each chemical in isolation. This kind of important information is often lost in translation between scientific reports and the mainstream media. That is why our staff members at GO-NAYKED.com are working hard to translate the latest evidence for you!

I’ve seen the Proof; Now I’m a mean Belieber… I mean believer

Does anyone else have Bieber brain right now? I can’t help but notice how Parabens (found in many personal care products) are kind of similar to Justin Bieber. I’m not saying that the Biebs is toxic (I’m a fan). It’s just that, like Bieber, parabens elicit fervent responses from people who either love them and avidly defend them, or hate them and want them eliminated from the face of the earth. Haters worry because they are a well-known hormone disrupter with links to breast cancer. Advocates love them because they work as preservatives, keeping bacteria away; they say that we should ignore these scare tactics, since the small amounts of parabens in our products can’t possibly harm us. But the evidence suggests otherwise.

I hate to be a hater but . . .

In light of recent evidence, I’m going to have to join the hater camp. The purpose of science is to isolate, control, and predict. Yet, in real life nothing occurs in isolation and conditions cannot be controlled; the chemicals that we are exposed to interact with other chemicals, nutrients, and enzymes in our bodies. With this concept in mind, researchers recently studied the combined effects of parabens and heregulin, which is naturally produced in breast cells. They found that in the presence of heregulin, parabens turned on cancer genes, even at low doses. Yikes! Clearly these parabens are more potent than we thought. While this is scary, it’s a huge breakthrough for advocates of natural products like us. Corporations will not be able to hide behind their ‘small is safe’ argument for much longer.

But, it takes a long time for legislation to catch up with the media and parabens are only one of many known toxins used in personal care products. In the meantime you can keep you and your family safe by shopping at our marketplace where we screen all of our products to make sure there are no toxins – not even in small amounts!

Chronobiology – Your Skin Has a Daily Cycle

About Author Marko Visic, M.Pharm.(Master’s in Pharmacy) is a professional pharmacist with years of experience, and is very passionate about truly natural and healthy products.


The majority of life on earth is inherently affected by the sun. The rotation of the Earth gives us 24 hour days, it’s rotation around the sun gives us a year and day and night are the normal consequences of planetary revolution.

It is no wonder that our bodies are harmoniously in coherence with the endless cycles of days and nights. We usually refer to this phenomenon as our biorhythm and our metabolism, hormone production and brain function are all run by the ‘body clock’.

As can be expected our skin also has a biorhythm. Observing and making use of skin biorhythm is very important when it comes to skin care. One has to know when to use what kind of cosmetic product in order to enhance the processes the skin regularly goes through on a daily basis. If you can nail down your skin’s biorhythm, you can achieve outstanding skin treatment results using the same cosmetic products that you were using up till now. There are also some tricks to choose better cosmetics products based upon the skin phase.

Skin has a 24 hour recurring cycle. During this time, skin tissue naturally goes through several different phases. When the sun is up, our skin has evolved to deal with several threats, such as cold temperature or extreme sunlight. In modern times, skin defense takes into consideration air pollution as well. On the other hand, when the sun is down, skin doesn’t have to protect itself from the environmental elements and has time to recuperate and regenerate.

Research has found that the division of skin cells is most active at night (roughly between midnight and 1 AM) and it’s least active during the day (roughly between noon and 1 PM). In addition, the blood flow to skin was found to be highest between 11 PM and 4 AM. This is a clear indication that during night time the skin is being super fueled with rich nutrients in the blood. On the other hand, the increased blood flow also cleanses the skin of toxins that were created as bye products during the day.

The studies also suggested that the transition between day and night is governed by a process that enhances skin shedding. This process is most intense between 7 PM and 11 PM. This information is very useful; the face creams applied during this part of the day will have minimal effect because skin is in the process of shredding and everything on it (like your very expensive cream) will just fall down your face.

The findings have created a roadmap for skin care. With cosmetic skin products we want to enhance skin protection during the day and speed-up the regeneration processes during the night. This cycle will dictate how you should use various products. For example, all night creams are designed to help your skin recuperate faster. Applying them during the day will have little or no effect because that’s when skin needs protection, not regeneration.

Here at Go-Nayked.com we have a marketplace full of high quality skin products. Going through the products, try to think about what you will use the cream or lotion for. If you use it for skin protection, make sure you apply it during the day. If you want to use it for skin regeneration, apply it after 11 PM.

Having this rational approach to usage of cosmetics products will bring your skin care skills to a completely new level and you’ll experience the full benefits of every cosmetics product you buy. Much like the world that spins around the sub your skin care regime will follow a distinct cycle.