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The Sunscreen Controversy

What a lovely Sunday we just had…Not too hot, not too rainy, yet I could feel a soft breeze in my face. In fact, the sun is our friend. The sunshine, similar to a photosynthesis process, produces nutrients for our skin, such as Vitamin D and Melanin. Without Vitamin D, our immune system and our serotonin levels, the happiness hormone, would be affected. The sun is also associated with stronger bones and teeth. Last but not least, the sun helps us regulate our circadian rhythm, which in turn affects many of our internal processes, such as cell regeneration, brain wave activity, body temperature, energy levels, and hormone production.

However, excess sun exposure can alter the DNA of our cells, resulting in cancer. In other words, it would be wise to manage such exposure to the sun. This implies wearing adequate sunscreen, clothes, eyeglasses, and hats: choosing a more benign time in the day to go out in the sun, preferably in the morning; and even helping our skin recover after sun exposure with nut and seed oils. Other sun protective botanicals include aloe vera, lavender and carrot seed. While there has been much controversy regarding chemical based sunscreens. The fact is that we must protect our skin. I have to say that I agree with the sunscreen controversy, whereby the FDA was concerned about skin absorption of some chemicals found in sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens rely on chemical reactions over which we don’t have full control. That’s why I prefer mineral sunscreens that contain zinc and titanium, as natural blockers of the sun…and I believe so should you…

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