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:
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.