Wear a Hat While on the Sunny Side of the Street! – Part One
How many of us are immediately transported back to our teen years by a whiff of Johnson’s baby oil?
Just the aroma brings back vivid memories of our wonder years: days spent by the pool, hanging out with friends, our skin drenched in oil- sizzling.
Ah… the golden days…
Fortunately, we grew up and learned the error of our ways. As adults we know the importance of sun protection and the risks of sun exposure. As an aesthetician specializing in menopausal skin health, I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time researching this subject. The findings are rather disconcerting.
Skin cancer is becoming an epidemic. Malignant Melanoma is growing in the US alone at a rate of 7% per year.
The countries showing the greatest growth in skin cancer development are those very countries promoting vigorous use of chemical sunscreens.
Dermatologists and physicians are scratching their heads and are taking a closer look.
What they are finding is very alarming…
The increased use of chemical sunscreens is the main reason for the increasing skin cancer problem, and for the following reasons:
- Sunscreen users tend to stay out in the sun for much longer periods of time than non-sunscreen users.
- Chemical sunscreens are formulated to absorb only UVB radiation and in doing so, they will let in almost all of the UVA rays. These rays penetrate deeper into the skin and are absorbed by the melanocytes. UVA rays also have a depressing effect on the immune system.
- Most sunscreens utilize 2 to 5% benzophenone or its derivatives: oxybenzone and/or benzophenone-3). These are active ingredients. Benzophenone is an incredibly strong free radical generator, actually working to trigger cancer development. Benzophenone is activated by UV light, turning on its cancer-causing power. This sunscreen ingredient is highly toxic.
- Regular sunscreen use stops the skin’s ability to absorb Vitamin D. Total avoidance of the sun is not in our body’s best interest, as Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to many of the diseases that women fear most: osteoporosis, colon cancer, breast cancer and ovarian cancer. It is crucial to allow your body to receive at least 30 minutes of unblocked sun exposure during non-peak hours (10 AM -2 PM) daily for maximum health, and this becomes all the more crucial as menopause sets in.
In Part Two of this series, we’ll take a closer look at alternative, non toxic sun protection-just in time for summer!
-Carrie Anne Pierce and the staff of Menopauserus.com