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Sunscreens

If you have any cannisters of sunscreen, I suggest you throw them away. Sunscreen does more harm than good, and here's why.

Our sun sends out two kinds of ultra-violet rays, known as UVA and UVB. The UVB rays are more abundant in the mid-day sun. They are the rays that are associated with sunburn.

So when the first sunscreen manufacturers created products, they were mainly concerned with blocking out UVB rays. Back then, it was thought that UVA rays were harmless.

All sunscreens have an SPF number on them; anywhere from 10 to 30 or so. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Here's an example of how it's supposed to work: Let's say that you normally begin getting sunburned after 30 minutes of direct sunshine. If you massage your skin with a sunscreen that has, say, an SPF of 10, the theory is that you will be able to stay outside 10 TIMES longer than your original 30 minutes: a total of 5 hours without getting burned.

That's the theory! The idea is that the ingredients in the sunscreen will block out all those harmful UVB rays. And perhaps they will, if you add liberal amounts of the creme whenever your skin begins to dry.

The problem, however, is that NOTHING is blocking the UVA rays. And today we know that UVA radiation is directly linked to melanoma, the worst kind of skin cancer, as well as sun-induced skin aging.

If you stay out for 30 minutes, without a sunscreen, you may get a bit red. But you won't be absorbing really harmful amounts of either UVB or UVA radiation. However, if you use that SPF 10 sunscreen, you're exposing your skin to 10 times the amount of UVA radiation that it can normally handle. You won't feel it, because the UVA doesn't burn. It just goes deep into your skin, and causes major problems.

Sunscreens first appeared in America during the 1950s. Between 1950 and 1990, death rates in the USA from melanoma, a merciless skin cancer, doubled in women and tripled in men. People thought they were safe, so they stayed out in the sun for WAY too long. The UVA radiation unknowingly accumulated in their skin, and eventually caused cancerous lesions. The luckier ones avoided melanoma, but found that their skin had become dry and wrinkled and dead-looking.
Florida, my home, is full of old people who look like snakes trying to shed their skins. It's all that UVA radiation they absorbed over the decades.

So stay away from suncreens. Some of the chemicals in them have their own links to cancer. If you wouldn't put it in your mouth, then don't put it on your skin.

I suggest you continue to use natural organic oils on your skin. I also strongly suggest you do NOT spend all day in the sun, no matter WHAT you're putting on your skin. Yes, get an hour or two of sun. Then cover up with a broad-brimmed hat, and a shirt that's made to reflect UVA & UVB radiation. I buy my sun-protection clothing from Solumbra (www.sunprecautions.com). When I go for a long walk on the beach tomorrow, my big Solumbra hat will go with me. I'll absorb the healing, life-giving radiance of the sun for half my walk. Then my big white hat goes on my head.

I hope that some of this information is helpful to you. Don't forget to thank the Deva of the Sun for her life-giving illumination! And don't forget to tell your body to take in that radiance,and use it to heal and harmonize and balance every cell in your body.

Blessings,

Owen