Sunscreen…Helpful or Harmful?

“Put your sunscreen on you’re gonna burn!!!” Have you ever heard that from your parents? Do you love that summer scent of sunscreen? Well, you might want to think twice about putting your sunblock on. Over the past few weeks, the FDA has been testing average drugstore sunscreen brands and revealing that the sunscreen is dangerous to our body. We are all extremely influenced by social media and it makes a big impact on our lives. Some of our favorite beauty influencers online are encouraging us to use these beauty products and on the flip side, they are extremely harmful to our bodies. For example, we all know who the Kardashians are, right? Something that the Kardashians heavily promote is a brand called SugarBearHair, and they are little gummy bear “vitamins”. If you didn’t know, SugarBearHair is a brand that supposedly makes your hair grow back longer and faster. Now, I remember a few years back Kim Kardashian posted a picture promoting this brand and showing off her gorgeous long hair, with the vitamin bottle in hand. I then went online and read the ingredients. The first two ingredients were glucose syrup and sugar. Wait, isn’t this supposed to be a vitamin? Yes, it is. This shows that even though the Kardashians are promoting a brand and they have all of this money, does not mean that these are healthy and beneficial to you, and it also does not mean that they are consuming these supplements because the media does lie, and in the end they are doing this for.. MONEY.

So, think twice about using sunscreen. After some research happened, the FDA noticed that the blood levels were high enough to give us some concern. In the study, they realized that after the sunscreen was first applied, the sunscreen was still found in the bloodstream after 3 whole days. The participants for this study applied one of four sunscreens — one of two sprays, a lotion, or a cream — on their body, four times a day for four days. The blood samples were collected from each participant. Scientists then analyzed the plasma levels in the participants’ blood and found after one day, four different chemicals — avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, and ecamsule — had entered the bloodstream. In nearly all participants, the four chemicals exceeded the level of the “Threshold of Toxicological Concern (TTC),” which is the recommended point at which the FDA says chemicals “undergo nonclinical toxicology assessment” to evaluate its effects on the body. Now, I am not saying that you should not use sunscreen, but you should definitely turn to a healthier alternative. You should look into a non-chemical based sunscreen. Make sure to look at things that say they are organic, natural, and mineral based. Ultimately, our sunscreen that we are using is toxic! Since summertime is just around the corner, we should take this into consideration and be thoughtful about the products we use on our skin, because we only get one body, and we have to take care of it.

By: Isabella Leggio, Staff Writer

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