|Early morning walk on Strandfontein beach|
You can read a very comprehensive article here on the other benefits of sunlight to us humans...God does not make mistakes.
So why do we need to protect ourself against the sun?
Well, its kind of obvious for anyone who has suffered sunburn or like me is over 40 and abused my body by irresponsible sun exposure. But deeper in is the concern about skin cancer and melanoma which is linked to unwise "intermittent or intense sun exposure." (Skin Cancer Foundation)
What are the problems with most sunscreens?
|Looking to Cape Point|
Nano particles are the first issue she addresses. These "wonders of modern chemistry" are able to pass into the bloodstream and the longer they are on your skin the more they are absorbed. The world of nanotechnology is way beyond this mums brain but there is enough information on the web where it is pointed out that they can cause damage to DNA. While millions are being poured into creating these miniscule particles very little about the long term health risks is being researched.
Besides for nanoparticles there are other issues too with the majority of sunscreens. Many of the ingredients are made from petrochemicals which can cause a false estrogen to be made by your body which you can read about in this article I wrote on my old website.
Products that are safe to use?
Time to read labels again...stay away from anything on this list:
~PABA (para amino benzoic acid)
~Cinnamates (octyl methixycinnamate and cinoxate)
Layers of defense...
And after all of this it is important to know that sunscreens are only able to protect for a certain amount of time and should be applied 1/2hr BEFORE going into the sun for in that time you are unprotected. You also need to know that sunscreens are not adequate protection against skin cancer and melanoma on their own.
These are the layers of defense we plan to make use of this summer and then continue to use sunblock during winter when in the garden or walking.
1.As our girls do not wear bikinis they have full piece costumes and boardshorts. They also wear sun vests when out for longer than 1/2. Boys are in sunvests and shorts too.
2.Sun hats and sunglasses unless swimming.
3.Umbrellas for outdoor picnics and beaching
4.Sunscreen applied 1/2hr before exposure on all showing skin parts
5.Stay out of the sun between 10 and 3
What sunscreens/block I have found to pass the test?
|Our annual haven - De Mond|
Sunumbra (adult and kids)
So that's the plan. I also have a friend who says that orange veg and fruit aid in sun protection so the mangos, carrots and papino we eat can now have an added benefit in our home!
Hope this helps some other South Africans as we begin our long hot summer holidays!