The dangers of high SPFs

The dangers of high SPFs

SPF numbers have never been higher, but neither has the rate of skin cancer. The disease kills over 2,500 people each year*. The rise is partly because high SPFs give people a false sense of security so they don’t reapply them every 90-120 minutes, but there are more sinister reasons behind the scary statistics.

Research has shown that the chemicals contained in many high SPF sunscreens can penetrate the skin and turn into harmful compounds which damage cell DNA. “Scientists do not recommend anything stronger than SPF 15-20 because there is minimal advantage from the higher SPFs… stronger creams contain greater concentrations of sunscreen agents which turn into free radicals with exposure to UV rays” says Environ Founder Dr Des Fernandes. Put simply, the risks of using high SPFs far outweigh the minimal protection they provide, which is why Environs RAD is ‘only’ SPF 15.

A recent American study showed that it took just one day for several common sunscreen ingredients to enter the bloodstream at levels high enough to trigger government safety investigation**. Some of these included avobenzone, oxybenzone, ecamsule and octocrylene, and they have been linked to allergic reactions, hormone disruption and even cancer. Environs RAD SPF 15 is completely free of all of them.

To add to the confusion surrounding sunscreens, the numbering system is misleading. For example, SPF30 does NOT block twice the amount of UV rays as SPF15, it blocks 97%, SPF15 blocks 94%, a difference of just 4%. The higher the SPF, the lower the amount of additional protection and the greater the number of harmful chemicals.

An effective sunscreen should contain broad-spectrum antioxidants, limited chemical sunscreens which absorb UV rays, as well as reflecting sunscreens which ‘bounce’ them away from the skin. This is how Environs RAD is formulated and it was the very first antioxidant sunscreen in the world. The addition of antioxidants helps to combat free radical damage caused by UV rays, adding a second line of defence. Chemical sunscreens alone will not offer sufficient protection, no matter how high their SPF is.

Guys, remember that if you’re using level 4-5 AVST the retinyl palmitate will provide you with a natural SPF20 but it’s still important to apply RAD SPF15 daily as well as taking antioxidants internally for added protection.

Did you know over 14,000 tonnes of sunscreen chemicals are washed into the ocean each year, damaging marine life and coral reefs. RAD SPF15 and Jane Iredale sunscreen products are reef-safe, so they keep the oceans beautiful as well as your skin.

**Information provided by iiaa news bulletin July 2019. Uk National diet and nutrition survey & American Journal Clinic Nutrition 2007:2008 Phytotherapy research 2002