The U.S Food and Drug Administration is proposing new regulations to ensure the safety of sunscreens. There are 16 popular active ingredients that most U.S. manufacturers use to make their sunscreen products. Only two have been listed as safe for human use by the FDA. One of the questionable chemicals that the FDA would like to see more research on is oxybenzone which in contained in 70% of sunscreen on the US market today. Its primary function is to absorb UV light, research has shown that it is also absorbed by the skin and stays in our bodies for an unknown amount of time. Some research evidence has shown that oxybenzone is linked to hormone disruption and probably causes cell damage (attacking DNA cells). It is also noted to be a photo carcinogen (A photo-carcinogen is a substance which causes cancer following exposure to light).
Oxybenzone has also been found to be responsible for endocrine disruption and has been linked to reduced sperm counts in men and endometriosis in women. Research done by the Centers for Disease Control, (CDC) and Prevention concluded that 96 percent of the U.S. population has oxybenzone in their bodies.
Oxybenzone is fatal to certain sea creatures, including horseshoe crab eggs, and pose a serious threat to coral reefs and all sea life. The threat is so serious that Hawaiian lawmakers have banned the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, both of which have been linked to severe coral reef damage.
At Mali Natural products we understand that sun exposure is essential for vitamin D production and optimum health. Our Beijing Gold is perfect for protecting your skin from the harmful effects of both UVA & UVB Rays naturally without using harsh, toxic, cancer-causing or coral reef and aquatic life destroying chemicals. Infused with Shea butter, coconut oil, vitamins and minerals to heal, revitalize, nourish and moisturize the skin. We also include Citronella and Carrot seed oil to help keep bugs away.
Get some today and start your journey to truly beautiful skin! Stay tuned for next week’s blog: Sunscreen Toxicity Evidence.