We are looking forward to sunshine and high temperatures throughout the first half of the year. The sun raises the mood, promotes leaching of serotonin, the hormone of happiness, and tans the skin to a nice bronze color, and also supplies vitamin D.
When choosing a sunscreen product, you need to focus on its composition. Up to 84% of these products contain carcinogenic substances. Some caution should be exercised even if the product is labeled as natural. It may happen that the seller puts it in this category, although this is not entirely true.
Some chemicals found in sunscreen products are carcinogenic; others cause allergic reactions, hormonal disorders, release free radicals and damage the skin to protect. These substances are:
- Methylparaben – is among the 20 best known allergens. It is associated with pigmentation and breast cancer.
- Oxybenzone – is a synthetic UV filter. This organic compound has been found to penetrate the skin where it acts as a photosensitizer (photosensitizer). This increases the production of free radicals under illumination, making this substance potentially carcinogenic.
- Octinoxate – may damage DNA, cause sun and skin allergies. According to some studies, its activity in the body mimics the activity of hormones, especially estrogen, and may be the cause of developmental and reproductive problems.
- Retinylpalmitate – researchers completed Retinyl Palmitate accelerates the development of cancerous lesions and tumors on UV-treated animals. They did not concede that it is difficult to suggest this means similar likelihood exists for humans to develop skin cancer.
- Benzophenone 2 (BP2) – this chemical is linked to cancer, endocrine disruption (reduced thyroid function), and organ toxicity.
Homemade Carrot Oil
If you want to avoid using commercial sunscreens, you may try to make homemade suntan carrot oil:
Fill the glass jar to one-third with chopped carrots in small cubes and fill with virgin olive oil. Let macerate it for about 5 weeks. Every day, gently shake the contents and after the necessary time pass the finished carrot oil through a gauze, pour into a boiled dark bottle and store in a cool place without light.
The carotenoids that carrot oils contain to a large extent significantly improve the defensive properties of our skin, protect it from many infections, speed up the healing of small wounds and also improve its defense against the harmful effects of too strong sunlight. The regenerating and smoothing properties of carrot oil can also be used in face care, replacing many different classic creams. Thanks to this, the skin becomes firm, elastic, the number of wrinkles decreases and new ones are formed much slower. It also helps in the circles under the eyes and is also recommended for the care of horny skin.
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