Sunshine, unlike many other guilty pleasures, has many benefits. But let's face the facts --- too much of anything can be bad. Yes, too much sun can be bad for us. In fact, there is more and more research coming out about the benefits of vitamin D. Surprise? yes — guess what the best source of vitamin D is — sun exposure.
Now tell me — when is the last time you could get your vitamins, have fun doing it and look great afterwards? One thing you must remember when you're heading to the beach is most sunscreens, tanning lotions and even spray tanning products have very toxic ingredients and should never be applied to the skin. They are supposed to help prevent cancer by blocking the sun's rays or offering alternative ways of getting a tanned-looking complexion, but sadly, the opposite is true.
Skin cancer is on the rise and these products are most likely contributing to it. In fact, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the USA accounting for almost half of all cancer cases. Perhaps it is time to stop blaming the sun and reassess the actual cause of skin cancer. It is more apparent all the time that if we are going to 'tan' we should use a natural suntan oil. I found a great one — Hula Tan. It's all natural and I feel like it's the best thing you can put on your skin.
Sunshine is crucial for our health. It is necessary for the production of vitamin D which is enormously important to our vitality. Vitamin D strengthens bones, the immune system and helps reduce the risk of various cancers such as breast, colon, kidney and ovarian. Without vitamin D from exposure to sunlight, cholesterol cannot be removed from the body by the liver. It regulates at least 1,000 different genes governing virtually every tissue in the body.
The skin absorbs everything that we put onto it. Therefore, it makes sense that we should not apply something we would not put in our mouth. Absorbing chemicals through the skin is actually far more dangerous than ingesting them. This is because they are not decomposed by the potent hydrochloric acid in the stomach before reaching the bloodstream. Stomach acids work to neutralize toxins to some degree and then the remaining toxins are passed through the normal filtration of the digestive system. Chemicals absorbed through skin do not get diluted, filtered, or neutralized at all. They enter the bloodstream, bypassing digestive decomposition.
Here is what most suntan lotions and oils contain:
- Aminobenzoid acid - carcinogen implicated in cardiovascular disease
- Avobenzone - carcinogen
- Cinoxate - evidence of skin toxicity
- Dioxybenzone - strong evidence of skin toxicity and carcinogen; hormone disruptor and has been found in waterways, soil and air. Has been shown to have a "gender bender" effect in animals.
- Diazolidinyl urea - carcinogen, endocrine, central nervous system and brain effects, skin toxicity and compromises the immune system
- Ecamsule - carcinogen
- Homosalate - endocrine disruption
- Methylparaben - interferes with genes
- Octocrylene - found to be persistent and bioaccumulative in wildlife, liver issues and carcinogenic
- Octyl methoxycinnamate - accumulates in the body, disrupts liver and is a carcinogen
- Octyl salicylate - broad systemic effects in animals at moderate doses
- Oxybenzone - carcinogen and contributor to vascular disease, may affect the brain and nervous system in animals
- Padimate O - carcinogen
- Phenylbenzimidazole - carcinogen
- Phenoxyethanol - irritant, carcinogen, endocrine disruption
- Sulisobenzone - strong evidence of skin toxicity, affects sense organs in animals
- Titanium dioxide - carcinogen when in nanomaterial form
- Zinc Oxide - bioaccumulative in wildlife, evidence of reproductive toxicity
Does it make any sense that in order to prevent skin cancer, we need to slap on carcinogenic compounds and chemicals that interfere with our immune and reproductive systems and that also pose a risk to the wider environment? Millions of gallons of sunscreen are consumed each year. After application, it doesn't mysteriously vanish - it winds up either soaking into our bodies and accumulating there or is excreted (into the environment) or washed off; again — into the environment.
Nobody has proven that sunscreen helps protect against melanomas. Researchers have, however, proven that the ingredients used to make the sunscreen are carcinogenic. A carcinogen is any substance, radionuclide or radiation, that is an agent directly involved in causing cancer. In other words, sunscreen is actually causing cancer and other health and environmental issues. The ingredients in Hula Tan are olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, pumpkin seed oil, almond oil, hazel nut oil, turmeric spice, vitamins C, D and E — making Hula Tan an all natural suntan oil.
One of the major problems with sunscreen is that in order to be effective (claimed to be effective but never proven) against less serious forms of skin cancer, you need to use a lot of it, and far more often than what the manufacturers recommend and regardless of what the SPF rating is. Why do they advise you that more is better? Profit. The more you lather on the more often you will need to buy another, and another, and another bottle of sunscreen lotion.
It is because of the toxic ingredients in most suntan oils that we recommend all natural Hula Tan. Your skin needs all natural suntan oils — not chemicals. To be tan is a lifestyle and life under the sun is what Hula Tan is all about.
This article is originally posted in SuntanGirl.com
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