Beauty

Harmful SunCare Ingredients to Stay Away From

Trouble looms large with certain sunscreen ingredients, and, therefore, caution must be exercised

Certain sunscreen chemicals have proved to be negative as per research and when absorbed into the skin can birth a myriad range of painful symptoms

Including allergic reactions, skin irritation, fertility issues and in extreme cases skin cancer.

To determine if the product is safe, read the labels to identify the presence of these potentially threatening elements:

The Predominant Ingredient, Oxybenzone 

Oxybenzone churns a series of nasty side effects the most common being stinging eye infection and skin allergies. Among other repercussions, the ingredient is linked to organ system toxicity, photoallergies and endocrine disruption. Since the element has a high propensity to block UV rays, its integration in suncare products is common.

Besides skin concerns, oxybenzone is known as an active pollutant of ocean water as it causes coral bleaching stunting the normal growth of corals. Scientists have also confirmed starvation and viral infections in corals. The ingredient is also referred to as benzophenone-3 which should not be confused with benzophenone, however.

Replete with Reproductive Toxicity, Octinoxate 

Another common UV filter that dominates the sunscreen industry, Octinoxate is often listed on the label as OMC, ethylhexylmethoxy-cinnamate or methoxy-cinnamate and triggers problems relating to fertility and reproduction besides harming the reproductive organs.

On the surface level, rash, swelling of the face/ throat / tongue, dizziness and breathing difficulties are most observed consequences of this element. Being another endocrine-disrupting compound, it has the high potential to trigger hormonal imbalance in body. Since it is almost always used in high concentrations, the side effects always intensify.

The Unbreakable Element, Homosalate

Homosalate does a brilliant job in absorbing the UV rays and shielding the skin against its adverse impacts, the ingredient is another hormone disruption and when seeped into the environment, it absorbs toxin-rich pesticides.

Organ-Deteriorating Nanoparticles

Nanoparticles are abundant in toxicity which is known to cause lung inflammation and oxidative stress. The latter develops into a series of serious medical complications including asthma, chronic fatigue, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular ailments and inflammation. Since nanoparticles are infinitely small, they are easily absorbed by the body thereby accentuating the grave consequences further.

Safe Tips for Buying Suncare Products 

Start with SPS 30 which could be stretched to a maximum of 50 which is more suitable for the fair-skinned people or those who have a family history of cancer. Check up with a dermatologist for the skin type and use a fragrance-free product. Integrate sunscreen into your make-up routine and, therefore, go for a non-sticky product.

Puja Sinha

Coffee addict. Daydreamer. Hitchcock Fan. A post-grad in English Literature, Puja is a forever enthusiast of traversing long distances by rail. Her verticals of choice are entertainment, art & society. She can be found lazing in the garden when not fidgeting over deadlines.
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