Yesterday I was talking on my Instagram stories about sun cream and choosing a more natural alternative to the popular chemical based ones. I received a whole lot of messages from people that were horrified about the toxins and some other great messages from people talking alternatives.

So, why change from the chemical based suncream that you can readily buy in the supermarkets? Let me tell you that by using them and protecting yourself and your family from the harmful rays of the sun, you are opening yourself up to all those harmful toxins entering your bloodstream (I talk more on the harm these toxins can do in my blog (link in bio)). There was a study in USA that found the skin absorbs the chemical based sun cream, which then enters the blood stream, they don't know if it is safe for these toxins to be in the bloodstream, so why not take them off the shelves until further tests have been done? Because that would mean money lost 🤔 🤦‍♀️

There are mineral based products which are better for you as there are no nasties seeping into your skin. Mineral sun creams have a zinc or titanium oxide base, which acts as a mirror and reflect the UV light (surely a much better alternative then entering the bloodstream). Chemical based sun cream contains two or more of these ingredients – oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate, and absorb harmful UV radiation and convert it and give it back as infrared (key word here is "absorb" absorb into skin and bloodstream, because that's ultimately where the chemicals go).

So when you think of the chemical based suncream think of a sponge, and the mineral base suncream as a mirror. A bit like anything in life that can be bad for you (words, bullying etc) do you want to absorb it all like a sponge and hold it inside? Or do you hold a shield and reflect it away from you?

There is a fab app called "think dirty" it tells you the level of toxic chemicals in things, from cleaning products to skincare to baby care. Check it out, I used it for sun cream and am now using a mineral based cream by a company called Badger. But there are plenty others. I'll list some here below and link who told me about them, or who you can buy them from.

Here are some of the recommendations from think dirty app Badger, Caribbean Sol, Tropic, Two Peas, The Honest company, Erbaviva

Tropic - some ladies that I know of who you can buy this from @mrs.alsop @rebeccaclarketropic and @tippskincare

Young Living - @_gemmawatts actually spoke about this on her stories yesterday and contacted me after seeing my stories.

@turtley_eco are now stocking a mineral based sun cream too.

@sophie.a.l.e.x also contacted me yesterday to tell me about a website called ewg.org that she found very helpful.

Here's a list of some of the nasties and why to avoid them: OXYBENZONE

Not only is it harmful to us in the way of hormone disruptors and allergies. But there may be a risk that it causes cell damage as a photocarcinogen, which may lead to skin cancer. Crazy huh! The thing we put on our skin to stop skin cancer could be the thing that causes it. It has also been found to be a penetration enhancer, allowing other things to penetrate the skin (ooo, makes me shudder to think about it). It also has an environmental risk, this chemical has been found to damage sea life. All you have to do is look up the word and there it is a big sign showing a dead fish (we all know the one). AVOBENZONE Consider to be relatively low on toxicity. However it degrades in the sun, resulting in the release of free radicals that may increase the risk for cancer. OCTISALATE Used to stabilize avobenzone to extend sun protection. Although it is less of a health concern than other sunscreen ingredients, Japan’s Standards for Cosmetics has restricted its use in certain types of cosmetics. Health concerns are immune effects and allergenic effects. OCTOCRYLENE May implicate cardiovascular disease. Oxygen radicals that can damage cells and cause mutations. Environmental risk. HOMOSALATE A potential endocrine disruptor and may impact hormones. OCTINOXATE Endocrine disruptors, meaning it can alter the way hormones work. Studies have shown that octinoxate contributes to “coral bleaching.” The chemicals in sunscreen are part of the reason coral reefs around the world are dying.

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