I know summer is technically over here in the US, but as a former swimmer that spent over 20,000 hours in the water, I am astonished by this post from @ugly_by_nature and felt compelled to share.
It's ironic that we slather toxic and carcinogenic chemicals onto our bodies in order to prevent UV expose from the sun that could cause cancer...
Most conventional sunscreens (including organic brands) contain carcinogenic, immunotoxic, and developmental and reproductive chemicals in them, such as homosalate, oxybenzone, all the parabens (methylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben), and octinoxate.
Our skin is an absorbable organ, so anything we slather onto our skin permeates directly into the bloodstream to be metabolized by the liver. This goes for ALL cosmetic and skin care products!
Ditch your conventional sunscreen and use a non-nanoparticle ZINC OXIDE sunscreen like Badger Balm or Loving Naturals clear sunscreen
We live in a chemically toxic world, and its criminal that we allow companies to get away with this. PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH ANYONE YOU THINK IT COULD HELP!
"If you think you’re doing something good by slathering sunscreen on yourself and your kids before hitting the #pool, you might want to think again. A new study places sunscreen firmly on the list of products that can do more harm than good as Russian scientists discover the destructive effects of #chlorine
Researchers from Lomonosov Moscow State University have discovered that the world’s most popular active sunscreen ingredient, avobenzone, breaks down into something far more sinister in chlorinated water. Two of the chemicals it produces upon mixing with the water, phenols and acetyl benzenes, are of particular concern because of their #toxicity. When the sunscreen reacts to UV radiation and chlorinated water, and the chemicals have been linked to problems like immune system damage, infertility, and cancer.
In swimming pools that use copper salts to make the water look blue, this reaction is even worse. In that case, the sunscreen can break down into bromoform, a substance that has been linked to nervous system disorders, liver problems, and kidney problems.
In addition to #sunscreen avobenzone is often used in moisturizers, creams and lipsticks that offer SPF.
University of Kansas Health System Dermatologist Daniel Aires told the Kansas City Star: “It can degrade into some very harmful compounds, some of which are known carcinogens. What isn’t known is how much is absorbed into the skin, or if it’s to a level that can cause, or potentially increase, the risk of cancer. But this is certainly alarming." If you’re concerned about having safe #sunprotection, a physical sunblock like zinc oxide is a much safer bet.