Natural sunscreen protect yourself against skin cancer without a cocktail of chemicals

The Good Life Letter

Friday, 27th May 2011 

Here we go again - all the portents of the classic British summer in front of us now. Yet this year, I'm urging you to stock up on natural sunscreen and here's why...

In the last week we have had the threat of hosepipe bans, dying crops in East Anglia, a volcanic ash cloud stopping us going on our holidays and the first silly season news of the year:

Denmark has banned Marmite!

Now I'm no fan of the sticky yeast residue, but I think outlawing it is going a bit far, especially as the reason they give is because is has been enhanced with vitamins!

I kid you not... it contains too many vitamins for the delightful descendants of Hans Christian Andersen. No wonder Tom Thumb was so small; he never got the nutrients to grow any bigger!

Of course vitamins can be dangerous in all sorts of ways, especially if they are not from a natural source but derived from an industrial process.

Take sun block.  Did you know that up to 92% of all of the commercial sunblock products contain a vitamin derivative that might be increasing your risk of skin cancer?

Here's a new summer dilemma for you: do you want your family to get skin cancer from exposure to the sun or would you rather they get if from your sunblock?

Could you really be risking your family's health this summer?

No, I haven't lost my mind, or spent too long watching the old Vietnam movies where prisoners were given Hobson's choice about their survival. This is a real challenge, and one that you ALL will be taking real soon, and not just for the kids.

Let me explain.

Recently I have been writing about the benefits of a bit of sun for the body, but we all know that too much is a bad thing.

We aren't the idiots our politicians would have us believe after all.

The joy of summer sun cannot be overstated.  Our bodies always seem to come alive with a touch of warmth and skin thrives with a touch of colour.

Modern advice though would have us walking around looking like Elizabeth I - slathered thick with white make up.

In the case of the Virgin Queen she used mercury powders which eventually poisoned her skin and killed her. Guess what?  Your commercial sun block might be just as bad for you.

This is true of almost all the biggest brands. Last year The American Environmental Working Group (EWG) conducted an analysis of 500 of the leading sunscreen products available and it found that it could ONLY recommend 39 of them.

Find that a little shocking?

Well so you should, but chances are that you have heard very little about it.

Luckily, for many years now there has been a vocal and growing lobby who are saying that, far from protecting us, these chemicals are actually INCREASING our risk of skin cancer.

Despite a series of publicity-seeking dermatologists saying that we should slap on the sunscreen as often as possible, the EWG scientists found evidence to the contrary.

It would seem that two chemical ingredients are to blame:

- Vitamin A Derivatives: Bit of a tricky one to get the old head around this one...we all tend to think of the benefits of Vitamin A when applied as a cream; enriching and nourishing our skin, which indeed it does...but only in it's NATURAL form.

The commonly used version in sunblock is a synthetic substitute called retinyl palmitate, which is described as a vitamin A derivative and is therefore assumed to have all of the same properties, which in the main it does.

The BIG difference though is that natural vitamin A protects your skin in sunlight whereas retinyl palmitate has photocarcinogenic properties - meaning that when it is exposed to the sun is can speed up cancer formation.

- Free Radicals: The darling of the TV cosmetic advert, free radicals are those mysterious things that prevent aging and stop us looking like bloodhounds as we age! However, the truth is slightly more disturbing, it now appears that many heavily-used chemical sunscreens may actually increase cancers by virtue of their free radical generating properties.

The chemicals added to sunscreens to block the UVA and UVB light that damages our skin are usually from a group known as Benzophenones.

A sunblock common additive is from this group, oxybenzone, which has been shown to cross from the skin into the blood where it acts to disrupt enzyme production and damage cells increasing the risk of cancers.

So, we may not be getting quite what we bargained for, to say the least.

Make a natural choice and save your skin

My kids may not always be the apple of my eye, in fact at times our house can resemble a pitched battle, but I am not willing to put them at risk this summer, anymore than I fancy putting my own health on the line.

For years now I've been searching got a product that protects skin from the sun without poisoning you. Believe it or not I found the answer in Belgium of all place.

I've finally found a great natural sunscreen product I can recommend

When I talked to Antoine at Biosolis and he explained to me how none of the nasties named above ever made it into any of his products, I knew that it would become the sun product of choice at Chez Collins this year.

The fact that it is virtually 100% of natural origin just completes the story for me.

In addition this sunblock meets all of the criteria in order to be certified by ECOCERT (The European certification for sustainable development).

What more could you want? Get your stock in for summer NOW whilst our limited stock lasts. Click here to find out more.

Go out, enjoy the glorious sunshine and all the delights of summer, but make sure that you keep your skin protected -  NATURALLY!

Yours, as always






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