Sun Protection SPF
all you need to know !
the consumer advise magazine said...
"Many could be putting themselves at risk of skin cancer this summer by using a moisturiser with a sun protection factor (SPF) on their face with inadequate sun protection."
"Cosmetics labelled with an SPF number aren't designed to be accross the spectrum sun-protection products and may not offer protection against the sun's UVA rays, which could contribute to the risk of skin ageing and cancer. They're not suitable for even short intensive bursts of sun."
And with allergies now effecting 50% of the populations, sunscreens are contributer one to cause skin problems. click here
The big question is can you trust what you buy in the shops??
The marketing of brands implies that their products both blocks out UVA and UVB with lots of photos of sea-side images, while saying "we are passionate about sun care and protecting your skin from the harmful effects of over-exposure to the sun's rays. We don't do make-up, we don't do cosmetics, and we don't do fragrance - just the most effective, the most efficient sun protection you can buy."
Great words and would you not trust them ....but it's just words because the truth is on the ingredients list ie the back label.. Those highlighted in Bold are very harsh chemicals.
Aqua, Propylene Glycol, Alcohol, Lecithin, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Titanium Dioxide, Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Decyl Glucoside, Disodium Edta, Paraffinum Liquidum, Pentadecalactone, Ppg-1 Trideceth-6, Stearic Acid, Xanthan Gum.
Propylene Glycol - that's antifreeze which is used in cars. NICE ! Pentylene Glycol is used in oven cleaners!
Vast amounts of alcohol - not good on your skin in the sun at all.
And then paraffin - .... that's petrol..... What's that there for ? Because it's also not good for skin at any time.
Also let's just take a look at one of the ingredients in it.
Octyl Methoxycinnamate/Ethyhexyl - It is the most commonly used chemical in spf's Controversy exists over whether Octyl Methoxycinnamate may harm humans.
It can absorb UVB rays from the sun but does not protect against UVA rays, 'Does not protect from UVA'... the main cause of skin cancer and skin ageing?????
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As our old customers know we do not recommend spfs, we did even hear in recent times that a well-known retailer of naturals in the UK has even taken the decision to delist sunscreens with nano partials from its range, this same company took 7 years to remove parabens in there products even though there had been said to be linked to breast cancer for 12 years before!
How SPF works:
SPF sunscreens work by reflecting the direct sunlight off your skin. They are able to do this as they contain titanium or zinc dioxide, used in tiny fragments, which essentially act as a mirror to UVB rays. This protects you from any surface skin burn that may otherwise occur.
Whilst skin surface burns are sore and not a good look, they may not be as damaging as it was first thought. The skin sheds a layer every 28-45 days, so when you get burnt in this way, you are only burning the very top layers and you will naturally lose this skin. So, as long as you are not exposing sunburn to the sun day after day, this should not cause any lasting damage.
The dangers of SPF:
Firstly the ingredient titanium dioxide, which is used in many SPF sunscreens, has been proven to be dangerous to health, even carcinogenic, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
To give you an idea of how toxic titanium dioxide is, it is also used as a pigment to provide whiteness and opacity to paints, plastics, paper and ink. When this is used in your sunscreen, it has to be coated with silica or alumina (even more chemicals), as it creates radicals which are carcinogenic and could damage the skin.
Titanium dioxide has also been proven to have a definite link to skin irritation, prickly heat and rosacea.
Secondly, due to wearing a SPF and not feeling the physical effects of sunburn, you are lured into a false sense of security to stay in the sun for long periods of time. However, in this time you are exposing your skin to and absorbing a high amount of UVA.
SPF can also stop your skin absorbing vitamin D, which is essential for healthy bones, supporting the immune system, protecting against dementia, excess fat loss and anti-cancer properties.
The hidden danger: UVA
UVA is the hidden danger. SPF sunscreens mostly do not protect you from UVA, which is now seen as the cause of the worst forms of skin cancer and if they do it's done by harsh chemicals which are toxic to cells.
UVA rays cannot be bounced back, they penetrate into the skin. They are a photon that is present pretty much everywhere there is light, all year round. So, even in the shade or through a window, you are not protected. UVA damage is not immediately visible to the eye and penetrates through to the deep layers of the dermis, close to your nerves and glands and mutates cells that are being formed in the lower dermis. The less serious effect caused by UVA is pre-mature ageing.
So, what can you do?
At Natural Elements, we have found that natural oils neutralise UVA light - a little like electricity coming into contact with rubber. If you have natural oil on the skin then any UVA is neutralised.
That’s why we have created the perfect natural alternative to the products full of chemicals, which may be causing more damage than good.
Now what do we recommend ?... well what was written about in 2003 by the journal of investigative dermatology ie use antioxidants on the skin and our new oils are the very very best antioxidants you can put on the skin and are all 100% natural
Our Ultra-sensitive Body Oil is a super antioxcident formulation Click Here or buy it with the summer kit click here
This has been developed using natural oils to neutralise any UVA rays. It also helps protect against UVB as the natural oils naturally speed up the skins own defence to these rays by encouraging the melanin to react quicker. Professor Brian Cox explained last year that it is through melanin that animals are able to survive in the sun.
That’s not the only advantage! Along with being free from chemicals, parabens and synthetic perfumes - so perfect for sensitive skin, it is also massively moisturising and protective to collagen, so a real anti-ageing benefit!
BUT be carfull antioxcident oils dont stop you getting burnt if you're in the sun too long, you must put a spf on to stop you getting burnt or get in the shade or cover up.
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The newsletter I've recently received is all good positive steps in
> the right direction! That said could you explain something to
> me....with the sun protection,it only protects against UVA rays?i know
> I'll get asked, so what about UVB &uvc rays?
> The 3 UV's are AB&C forget about C that's taken up with the ozone
> layer around the planet.
> UVB is the burn ie the surface of the skin which peels but it is the
> surface which is almost dead anyway which changes every 20 days or so,
> when melanin comes through in the skin (ie a tan) it builds a
> resistance to it but in the early days ie when white skinned you have
> to very careful not to get burnt until the melanin comes through which
> can be days/ weeks depending on the body but using a vital oils gets it to be produced quicker.
> UV-B is what your spf protects you from ie it bits of reflective metal
> which act like mirrors however such partials and the chemical they sit
> in are concerned harmful in them self's (see attachment) so you have
> to make a judgment to use them, I don't on the advice of my scientist
> who considers them extremely harmful and her PhD is the study of
> metals so knows a huge amount about them.
> Now UV-A which is a radiation type partial which can penetrate right
> through the layers of skin (by passing the mirror metals which UV-B
> can't is what's considered now to be very harmful it's a free radical
> and most vital oils have shown to be neutralisers of free radicals
> thus putting a vital oil on minimises the damage done by this UV-A
> light and that's what our oils are doing and at the same time making the melanin come through.
BTW my son arrived back from Turkey at the weekend, bearing in mind he is blonde and blue eyed, he has a fab tan, thanks to the almond oil I bought for him, his son who is the same colouring has spent two weeks in Nivea / Avon Factor 50, has a rash from the bottom of his legs all the way up to his little bum, (he is only 2) - so you see mum knows best, tried telling his partner to knock off the chemicals - might as well talk to my dog.
Just emailing to say you crossed my mind earlier in the week as there was an interesting article in one of the papers with regard to the sun, I think basically what they are saying is there is too much scare mongering going on with regard to skin cancer, and how we must be more positive about the health benefits of the sun.
Talking of which I have had an awful breakout of psoriasis on my hands so thank god for the therapeutics, talking of which can you tell me is it okay to use the therapeutics body wash on your face - I assume it is, - anyway lucky girl me I am off for the second time to Turkey on Friday for another weeks holiday, it’s come just in time as the sun certainly helps the psoriasis - but more importantly I will be armed with my almond oil (nice to see my testimonial on the website) oh and by the way one of my sons who is blonde and blue eyed has just returned from a week in Spain, I made him take the almond oil and guess what no burn no peel, my eldest son is currently in Majorca, due back tomorrow, he rang me during the week, I also sent him off with your almond oil and hey guess what no burn.
Just wanted to let you know, I have tried and tested your oil this weekend. My second little boy has very fair skin and I layered on the sweet almond oil (very warily though). We have had amazing weather this weekend and it certainly was going to be tested. Result?? It is the first time his skin has not burnt!! He is a lovely shade of light brown and I am so happy to say that although I was a bit sceptical about it at the time, I am overwhelmed at how well it protected his skin…. Well done on such an amazing product...xx
is the sun bad for us NO NO NO clicks here http://www.collective-evolution.com/2011/12/18/the-sun-cancer-myth-the-sun-causes-skin-cancer