After 2020’s “summer that wasn’t,” I think we’re all eager to make up for some lost time. Beach parties, BBQs, family reunions, and even some travel are all back on the agenda.
But there’s one thing coming back I’m NOT looking forward to. And that’s the relentless fear campaign targeting sunshine.
Let’s get real. If the sun were as dangerous as they’d have us believe, the human race never would’ve made it this far.
In fact, when you simply use the common sense God gave you, getting a dose of natural sunshine is EXACTLY what the doctor ordered.
No, the TRUE danger is that sunscreen they insist you slather over every inch of exposed skin whenever you step out the door. Because new research reveals just how shockingly risky that practice could be.
It turns out your sunscreen could be sending your cancer risk right through the roof.
YIKES: What’s REALLY lurking your sunscreen
Since you’re a Healthier Talk reader, you probably already know about the toxic chemicals used in sunscreens.
Some of these creepy compounds are used to help make the sunscreen smooth and creamy. Other additives enhance the product’s ability to block UV light. And many of the chemicals are suspected or known hormone disruptors.
Past research has linked some of these sunscreen chemicals to cancer and other serious health problems. And while the mainstream wages war on natural sunshine, they also insist we don’t need to worry about these compounds since they “stay on the skin.”
But as I warned you recently, that toxic lie could be putting your health at serious risk. In fact, six common chemicals used in sunscreens are PROVEN to penetrate the skin.
Now a shocking NEW report finds something else lurking in these goopy lotions. And this one might be the WORST of all.
Valisure is an online pharmacy known for doing its own lab tests on the products it sells. The scientists at Valisure found a chemical called benzene in DOZENS of common sunscreens and some skin creams used after sun exposure.
Now, to be clear, there’s NO safe level of benzene. The chemical is linked to dangerous blood cancers. It shouldn’t be there at all.
But despite benzene’s obvious risks, the FDA, in all its infinite wisdom, still allows up to 2 parts per million. (Thanks, guys.) That’s already far too much given the dangers, but the tests found some sunscreens blew WAY past that limit.
In some cases, the products tested had THREE TIMES higher benzene levels than the allowable limit.
Cancer linked chemicals uncovered
Valisure tested 294 unique batches of sunscreens and related products from 69 different companies. They found cancer-linked benzene in 78 of them, including products from well-known brands such as Neutrogena, CVS, and Fruit of the Earth.
The folks at Valisure are urging a recall. And they’ve called on the FDA to set tougher standards.
But I’m not here to scare you out of your skin. I’ve got a much simpler way to get outside, have your summertime fun under the sun, and STILL protect yourself from sunburn and cancer, all at the same time.
First, make sure you get at least a little sunscreen-free time outside each day. Generally, about 10-20 minutes is enough to help get your vitamin D factory going. Plus, it can help trigger other important reactions inside your body, like kickstarting your circadian rhythms.
Second, the SAFEST “sunscreen” is to simply step out of the sun. Seek out some full shade once those 10-20 minutes are up. Or head inside.
And third, if you’re going to be in the direct sunshine longer than 20 minutes, go ahead and apply a safer sunscreen such as a natural mineral-based option. Our friends over at the Environmental Working Group have a fantastic database of sunscreen products you can search to find out which ones are the safest.