Are all sunscreens created equal

No, they really aren’t. An incredible amount of marketing, hype, exaggeration and false promises go on in the sunscreen world. For good reason. People have become much more aware of the dangers of sun exposure both in matters of premature aging and skin cancer.

Another important question: Are all sunscreens safe? According to a recent report by the Environmental Working Group, after many years of testing products and reviewing available scientific material, four out of five sunscreen products don’t meet their standards for safety and effectiveness. (a claim disputed by the major companies).

Sunscreens and sun blocks, along with virtually every other product in the body care/cosmetic industry, can contain toxic, artificial chemicals, petroleum products and other ingredients that are considered hazardous to health. Hardly the things we should be slathering and spraying on children several times a day throughout the summer.

While sales for sunscreens and sun blocks have sky rocketed in recent years, it seems government standards and uniform language dealing with outlandish product promises have not kept pace. Additionally, numerous sources say the incidence of skin cancer has tripled over that same period of time.
There has to be a better answer.

Does your sunscreen contain any Octyl-dimethyl-PABA (OD-PABA) , Benzophenone-3 (Bp-3), Homosalate (HMS) , Octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC) and 4-methyl-benzylidene camphor (4-MBC)? These are common ingredients in many sun block and sun screen formulas. And they can have a very unpleasant effect on your body. They develop free radicals in the body. They can in effect behave like estrogen, a very powerful hormone or chemical messenger in the body, explains the Skin Biology website created by Dr. Loren Pickart, biochemist.

How about PABA, Dioxybenzone, Oxybenzone, and Titanium Dioxide? These chemicals are toxins as well as carcinogens. And don’t just check your sun screen lotion. Many lip balms, cosmetics and face creams contain sun block as well. Another hazard is coating skin with any sun block or sunscreen prevents it from absorbing enough vitamin D from the sun.

So what can you do? Look for sunscreen or sun block that uses zinc oxide and other all natural products. Healing Leaf LLC has developed Beach Butter, an all natural blend of rich oils and zinc oxide. With an SPF 15, this smooth and protective balm protects children and adults from dangerous sun rays and does NOT add dangerous chemicals or petroleum products.

Healing Leaf LLC never resorts to artificial chemicals or petroleum products to amp up scent or texture. They have an array of products for skin issues. To read more go to www,

Beverly Vines-Haines is the Marketing, Research and Text Coordinator for Healing Leaf LLC.‚ This is a company that tackles the toughest skin and nail conditions known to man.‚ A best-selling author for years before she became a part of Healing Leaf LLC, she is dedicated to natural healing and creating pure products that are both safe and earth friendly. To learn more about these effective products, visit


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