It’s official. We’re smack dab in the middle of the dreaded February doldrums.
And no matter whether it’s an upcoming beach vacation or just daydreaming about the summer ahead, most of us have sunshine and warmer weather on our minds.
Sure, it might still be winter, but there’s no time like NOW to start thinking about sunscreen. Because there’s a new report just out that everyone needs to see BEFORE the warm weather hits.
Because this one changes everything we know about sunscreen. It shines a light on what happens DEEP INSIDE your body after you spray, roll, slather, or rub sunscreen on.
And let me warn you… it’s NOT pretty. What we knew about sunscreen was already bad enough. But it just got MUCH worse.
In fact, this alarming new report confirms some of our WORST fears.
Sunscreen isn’t just skin-deep anymore
For years, they’ve claimed the chemicals in sunscreen didn’t really penetrate the skin. If you were brave enough to voice some concerns, you were labeled a kook or just plain paranoid.
“Slather it on. Rub it in. Nothing to worry about here,” we were assured.
Well, that’s all about to change. Because a new report FINALLY proves we were right all along. It exposes the ugly underbelly of the sunscreen industry.
The shocking study reveals how many of the most common chemicals in sunscreen don’t just penetrate deep into your skin, as many of us suspected. They then CIRCULATE in your BLOODSTREAM.
We’re not talking trace levels here, either. The numbers shot right through the roof.
The researchers tested common sunscreens on volunteers over several days… but after the very first application on the very first day, ALL SIX CHEMICALS shot past the FDA’s safety threshold of 0.5 ng/mL.
The levels of oxybenzone – a known hormone mimic linked to cell mutation and cellular death – jumped to 258.1 ng/mL when lotion was applied and 180.1ng/mL when an aerosol spray was used.
In other words, it could be putting you at a higher risk for hormone-related cancers.
The levels rose for other risky chemicals too, including avobenzone, octocrylene, homosalate, octisalate, and octinoxate. And while they didn’t shoot as high as the oxybenzone ALL OF THEM topped that safety threshold several times over.
And just as troubling, they stayed in the bloodstream up to THREE DAYS after the last application.
3 steps to better sun safety
So this spring and summer… whether you’re going out to the beach or just into your own backyard… stick to safer options for having some fun in the sun.
STEP ONE: Go ahead and get some sun.
There’s no need to fear a little exposure. In fact, your body actually depends on it to stay healthy, and MANY people fall short.
Some studies have found that up to 42 percent of Americans have sub-optimal levels of vitamin D. And fear of the sun, no doubt contributes to that number.
Aim for 15-20 minutes a day of sunscreen-free time outside.
STEP TWO: Cover up.
Don’t run away just because the sun’s out and you’ve had your 15-20 minutes. Spend more time out there if you can. It’s good for your mood and your health.
Just remember the best sunscreen isn’t some greasy goop. It’s a hat, long sleeves, and long pants, along with switching to the shade when possible.
STEP THREE: Switch to safer options for sunscreen.
Need more protection? Forget those skin-penetrating chemicals and look for a formula with zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.
Just don’t be fooled by SPF levels. They’re mostly meaningless marketing. A mineral sunscreen with an SPF of 20 or 30 is perfectly fine. But whatever you use, reapply it often.