We’ve all grown up with stories of friends, family and neighbors getting skin cancer and premature wrinkles from the sun. We put on sunscreen like we’re supposed to and we try to limit our exposure as best we can. Well, it turns out we might be better off to basque in the sun with less chemical sunscreen blocking the way. The website The Unbounded Spirit recently released an article that has been making its way around the internet the past couple weeks. In it, Unbounded Spirit describes a June report from the Independent, in the UK, about a study conducted in Sweden. The study found that women “who avoid sunbathing during the summer are twice as likely to die as those who sunbathe every day.”
Last time we checked, everyone was going to die, whether they sunbathed or not. But I guess the study suggests that these women who avoided the sun are going to die more quickly (although it must be stated that no one is reporting that the report actually found that). But let’s say it did. That’s the launching point for the rest of the Unbounded Spirit’s article debunking the myths that expensive sunscreens are the only way to keep yourself protected from the sun’s harmful rays.
You can read the full article here. It mentions that Vitamin D deficiencies are on the rise and that some dermatologists are adamant about the dangers of sunscreens.
If you’d rather be safe than sorry, make your own sunscreen and then spend as much time at the beach as possible. Take a look back at our DIY Organic Sunblock recipe:
And finally, although we agree with the overall moral of this story – that sunscreen contains harmful chemicals and you’d probably be best to find an alternative solution to sun protection – it’s worth mentioning that all of these studies on the health effects of one thing or another are subject to the same fickle trends as t-shirts designs and sunglass styles. If you’re curious, listen to this episode of On the Media, where they take a critical look at the biases of health coverage in the U.S. http://www.onthemedia.org/story/on-the-media-2014-05-02/ and then remember to take a grain of salt with your daily vitamins.
*Photo by Ed Yourdon on Flickr