Oxybenzone – the dark side of Sunscreens

What’s your idea of a perfect, sunny day? Perhaps, you favor a relaxing time on the beach. After carefully slathering your skin with a favorite sunscreen lotion, you love the experience of being in tune with nature; basking in the sun, enjoying the rhythmic swish of the waves and the gentle brush of the wind. As you delight in the caress of the golden rays on your skin, you blissfully drift asleep…

Wake up! What’s seeping into the pores of your skin is more than just sunlight! Harmful chemicals and toxins are entering your system surreptitiously and causing irreversible damage. You can’t take this with a ‘laid-back’ attitude anymore (pun unintended)!


Liberal, daily application of sunscreen may reduce the risk of skin cancer, as well as protect your skin from wrinkles, but certain chemicals in sunscreens are claimed to be carcinogenic too. Is this then, a choice between the devil and the deep sea? And how are you to find the toxin from the long list on the label?

Face the Nayked truth – a major culprit is Oxybenzone (there are many ‘minor’ culprits like Octinoxate, Homosalate, Octisalate and Octocrylene, and rest assured, they’ll all be brought to book). Oxybenzone is a hazardous chemical found in almost all sunscreens, and in most cosmetics. It penetrates the skin to enter your bloodstream, and causes cell damage. It mimics estrogen and induces hormonal disruptions. The endocrine and reproductive systems are affected. If your skin is not tingling with trepidation already, here’s more – Oxybenzone can trigger allergies, eczema or worse still, breast cancer! Pregnant women and nursing mothers are advised to consult their physicians, if they use Sunscreens regularly.

Our body is capable of absorbing and storing this toxin readily, and this is the biggest worry in the medical community. Accumulation of this chemical can affect your health in unpredictable ways. How many of us pause to read the concentration of Oxybenzone in Sunscreen creams? As they are so readily available OTC, we simply assume they must be safe. They are, IF the concentration of Oxybenzone is up to 6%. Otherwise it is mandatory for such products to be labeled, ‘contains Oxybenzone’. Sweden and Japan have banned the use of this ingredient. So should we!

Is any Sunscreen safe at all? Here’s the rule of thumb: If your Sunscreen visibly whitens your skin, then you are using a physical Sunscreen that is relatively safe. It typically contains Zinc and Titanium dioxide that block or reflect UV radiations, but do not absorb them. These are called Mineral Sunscreens and are considered less toxic in the EWG database. Of course, you’ll have to put up with that chalky-white residue, not to mention the hours spent in scrubbing it off! Carcinogenic toxins in your bloodstream seem the only alternative. So, better scrub than sorry?

Not necessarily!

The sunny news is that we, at GoNayked.com have done all the research, scoured the net, scrutinized formulations, and have come up with handful of safe Sunscreens, sans the ‘shady’ ingredients. These products are available for purchase on our website.