Happy Monday everyone!
I hope you had a great Mother’s Day weekend!
Today I want to show you the benefits of Melaleuca sunscreen vs. name brand sunscreens and point out some down right SCARY facts about the ingredients in most sunscreens.
**Sidenote- if you are new to the blog and have never heard of Melaleuca or would like to read more about it, you can click here.**
Now that the weather has warmed up around the country, and we are preparing for “swim season”, I’ll bet most of you are starting to stock up on sunscreen or will be starting to soon!
Wearing sunscreen is SO important to protect our skin against the sun and help prevent skin cancer! Â It doesn’t matter what type of skin you have, pale, olive, or dark, a dermatologist would tell you “everyone needs to wear sunscreen”!
According to skincancer.org….
*Each year in the US, nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer
* 1 person dies of Melanoma every 57 minutes
*Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon!!!!
*Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined
*One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.5
*Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have either BCC (basal cell) or SCC (squamous cell) at least once
*Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer; an estimated 2.8 million are diagnosed annually in the US. BCCs are rarely fatal, but can be highly disfiguring if allowed to grow
*Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer. An estimated 700,000 cases of SCC are diagnosed each year in the US.
*As many as three thousand deaths from advanced basal cell carcinoma occur annually in the US.65
*Actinic keratosis is the most common precancer; it affects more than 58 million Americans.8
*Approximately 65 percent of all squamous cell carcinomas and 36 percent of all basal cell carcinomas arise in lesions that previously were diagnosed as actinic keratoses.
*About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun
*Regular daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by 40 percent and the risk of developing melanoma by 50 percent
So I think the obvious point here is that we ALL need to wear sunscreen, especially when participating in outdoor activities for extended periods of time. Â BUT, have you ever looked to see what exactly is in your sunscreen that you are using to protect your body? Â I never did until having a baby and let me tell you it’s just as eye opening as the facts you read above!!!
Most name brand sunscreens like Banana Boat, Coppertone, Neutrogena etc. contain scary ingredients that are hazardous to your health and some of them are even known carcinogens!
According to Women’s Health Magazine (entire article here), there are 6 main ingredients to look out for. Â Here is a list of the 6 most scary ingredients in sunscreen and why you want to avoid them at all cost…
Melaleuca sunscreen comes in a spray bottle or a lotion. Â I LOVE the spray bottle because it goes on very light but not watery (not thick and sticky) and rubs in immediately! Â I also love the cream lotion for our baby. Â (*You should never use an kind of spray bottle for children who cannot hold their breath and/or purposely keep from inhaling mist.) Â Our little boy has very sensitive skin and bad eczema so we have to be extra careful about what we put on him! Â He has never had a breakout or irritation from Melaleuca sunscreen. Â I’ve always found both forms of Melaleuca sunscreen to be effective in protecting us from the sun! Â They also make a daily face moisturizer that contains sunscreen (it’s part of the Affina skincare line by Melaleuca) that is light enough to wear under your makeup everyday! Â I will talk about this in a future post.