Protecting your skin from UV damage and sunburn is always important and using sunscreens is one of the best ways to do it. However, some products may contain ingredients you do not want to have it on your skin. Here’s a quick look at 3 toxic sunscreen ingredients to avoid:
Derived from vitamin A, retinyl palmitate is an antioxidant often added to sunscreen products to improve performance against the effects of UV exposure and help reduce the signs of aging. However, this ingredient is known to produce destructive free radicals that are toxic to cells, damage DNA, and may lead to cancer. In fact, FDA studies have shown that retinyl palimitate may speed the development of malignant cells and skin tumors when applied to skin before sun exposure.
A common UV filter, oxybenzone is added to sunscreen products as a penetration enhancer. Keep in mind: the same way this ingredient helps the lotion to be more easily absorbed and increase protection, it also makes it easier for other chemicals to penetrate the skin. When oxybenzone is absorbed by your skin, it can cause an eczema-like allergic reaction that can spread beyond the exposed area and last long after you’re out of the sun.
Just like oxybenzone, octinoxate is quickly absorbed by the skin and helps other ingredients to be absorbed more readily. One of the most common ingredients found in sunscreens with SPF, this dangereous ingredient is known to cause hormone disruption. Additionally, octinoxate may actually be a culprit for premature aging, as it produces menacing free radicals that can damage skin and cells.
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