Life is too short to worry about it
There are a lot of studies being done about sunscreen these days. These studies are being funded by the manufacturers, chemical companies and consumer groups. The most interesting thing about the studies is that they contradict each other.
All of the studies have some sense of validity. The risk comes in putting too much faith in the products themselves and not enough in common sense. Sun Blocks that don't come off in the water penetrate the skin deeply. Sunblocks that wash off easily need to be re applied more frequently, but do not penetrate the skin. Chemicals that penetrate our skin reach our blood stream and can have an adverse effect on our skin and immune systems through cumulative use.
Recent medical research is indicating that certain sunscreen ingredients are in fact having a detrimental effect through cumulative use. I was also surprised to find out that the UVA rays that cause sunburn are not the same as the UVB rays that are responsible for causing many of the skin cancers. A lot of commercial sunblocks only protect against the UVA rays.
When applied to breast cancer cells in vitro (test tubes) the following chemicals increased cancer cell proliferation/growth:
He also notes that Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world per head of population, and that Queensland has the highest rate in Australia.
All of our sunscreens are free from ingredients like:
Octyl Methoxycinnamate, octinate, Octyl dimethyl PABA,Benzophenone, Oxybenzone, Phenethyl Alcohol, Parsol-17,4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor, Phenoxyethanol, Diazolidinylurea,Hydroxybenzoates, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic, Methyl Paraben, PropylParaben, Sodium laurel sulphate.
We recommend that you investigate the above ingredients in order to assist you in making a conscientious, informed choice.
The research data is readily available on the web.
The Sun is not an enemy, it is healthy in moderation and with the proper protection the whole family can enjoy the summer. Slap on natural non-toxic sunscreen, wear a hat, put a shirt on when in the water for prolonged stretches of time and monitor exposure. And enjoy the outdoors and sun this summer. Suwndawg products are a good bet for blocking out both types of sun rays.