Updated: Dec 17, 2021
Hitting the pool or beach this summer? Before you lather up that body with your favorite sunscreen or oil, let's take a peek into the chemicals used and the effects they have on the body. A little dirty secret most sunscreen companies don’t want you to know - the sunscreen may be doing more harm than the sun itself!
Before we dive into how and why sunscreen wreaks havoc on your body let’s go over a little terminology you will see. BP = Benzophenone 4-MBC = 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor Note: Make sure if you ever spot either “phen-” or “benz-” before, in, or after a name of a chemical - be wary of the product, it most likely is estrogenic aka no good for your body! So why should the average sunscreen be on our no skin list? “According to recent news reports, traces of benzene have been detected in dozens of popular sunscreen and after-sun products - from Neutrogena to Banana Boat.” says Dr. Kasper. “Despite being recently named the ‘allergen of the year’ by the American Contact Dermatitis Society, BP remains legal both in America and Europe” (Anthony G. Jay Ph.D). Even though research shows this specific chemical is known to cause leukemia and other blood cancers with use. So how do these chemicals work? “4-MBC and BP bind or stick to estrogen receptors, just like any other estrogenic substance. This is because they pose as natural estrogen and tell the body to do estrogenic acts just like other estrogenic. When these sunscreen estrogenic stick to the receptors - ultraviolet light from the sun is capable of fully fusing 4-MBC or BP to estrogen receptors... The UV light from the sun is essentially capable of gluing the sunscreen estrogenic to estrogen receptors...Biochemists call this a ‘constitutively active receptor’... having 4-MBC or BP stuck to the estrogen receptor would then be capable of causing longer term damage..this is because the the receptor ‘switch’ would be turned ‘on’ far longer than nature ever intended.” explains Anthony G. Jay Ph.D. So instead of protecting your skin the chemicals within the sunscreen penetrate and affect the estrogen receptors within the body (check out my slide to see where these estrogen receptors are located) thus causing unintentional harm to important organs, tissues, and other functioning portions of the body - creating long term damage that you can’t even see. So before lathering up check out the chemicals used and if you see any of the above - toss into the trash and replace it with one that has your skin's best health in mind! Also, if your looking for a company you can trust check out ButterMeUpOrganics on etsy! Not only will you be supporting a small business but also someone who truly cares about the health of her customers!