Summer is for many of us the favoured season.
Long, lazy days in the garden or on the beach….
But do you ever stop to think about what’s in your sunscreen?
Like cosmetics, they are subject to laws to ensure that they are safe to use.
However, does your sunscreen really do what it says on the bottle?
What if any chemical nasties, are really lurking in your sun protectors?
An Inconsistent Market
The problem is that Global laws around sunscreen are not consistent, simply because regulations in International markets differ considerably.
Sunscreen listed as a drug
For instance, Canada and the USA categorise sunscreen as a licensed drug, imposing strict laws that make them safe for the consumer.
Sunscreen listed as a cosmetic
Whilst the EU, South Africa and South East Asian countries, list the creams as cosmetics.
This is misleading to the public and could potentially put our health at risk.
This controversy has led to the European Commission, implementing new recommendations.
As of 2013, labels on Sunscreen must now indicate the level of UVA protection in a standard format, one that is clearly displayed on the label.
This wasn’t always the case, up until recently the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of a product only referred to UVB rays, the radiation that is responsible for sunburn.
It did not include the very hazardous UVA rays, which can lead to skin cancer and premature ageing.
The Naked Truth
So you need to become your own label detective when making your purchase, to ensure it filters out all radiation.
Make sure manufacturers ingredients offer FULL protection from UVB and UVA radiation.
In saying that, don’t just rely on a sunscreen, to offer you complete protection from the suns deadly rays.
To date, none of the claims of complete protection from those who produce sunscreen, have ever been linked to any scientific evidence.
Yes, that’s right! No research has ever been successfully carried, out that proves sunscreen actually prevents the skin cancer, melanoma.
To address this important issue further, us folk at The Naked Chemist, put together an article on Facts about sun damaged skin, which demonstrates the importance of protecting our skin from the suns damaging rays, today and always.