SUNSCREENS…Can You Trust Them?



Many folks still don’t know that sunlight is good for you, that it is a wonderful source of vitamin D. That said, you don’t want to overexpose your skin to too much sunlight, lest you wind up with a painful sunburn. Then again, you could get a painful burn simply by using sunscreen, believe it or not, despite its purpose to the contrary.

That’s what happened to Brett Sigworth of Stow, Massachusetts. He tells CBS/Boston that after applying Banana Boat Sport Performance spray-on sunscreen before barbecuing, his body literally caught fire.

“I sprayed on the spray-on sunscreen, and then rubbed it on for a few seconds. I walked over to my grill, took one of the holders to move some of the charcoal briquettes around and all of a sudden it just went up my arm,” he said.

Flames spread from there.

“I went into complete panic mode and screamed. I’ve never experienced pain like that in my life,” he said.

There is a warning label, but is it too vague?

Mike Adams, Health Ranger says:

You will not be able to pronounce most of the chemicals found in the ingredients list. That’s because most sunscreen products are formulated with cancer-causing fragrance chemicals, parabens, harsh alcohols, toxic chemical solvents and petroleum oils. A typical sunscreen product is actually a chemical assault on your body. That’s why research shows that using sunscreen actually causes more cancer than it prevents (

Dr. Mercola of says about his Natural Sunscreen with Green Tea:

Each active ingredient in this outstanding 100% natural sunscreen has been carefully chosen to specifically protect and nourish your skin. These are:

Titanium Dioxide & Zinc Oxide:

These two active ingredients in Natural Sunscreen are natural minerals. Minerals that actually come from clay and beach sand deposits. This means, they are not harsh, synthetically-produced chemicals you’ll often find in popular brands.

Zinc oxide has been used all over the world for over 75 years as a safe sunscreen to help prevent excessive sun exposure.

Unlike chemical sunscreens that absorb ultraviolet light, nature provides us with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, two remarkable ingredients that remain on your skin to reflect and scatter away both UVA and UVB rays from your body, by forming a physical barrier, without irritating or clogging pores.

I, Mary, read that after about 15-20 minutes of sun, your skin is through making Vitamin D.  At that time, you may find your skin looking a little pink.  This is when the best sun screen is covering your body with light clothing.  If you are like me, you enjoy the feel of the sun and getting a tan, but there  is always a risk of sun skin cancers years later from too much sun exposure and burning.  Learning from the Filipinos, Coconut Oil can be used for the skin for tanning and moisturizing…and I love it for that and many other reasons!