The Drawbacks Of Sunscreen Lotion

It is undeniable that sunscreen lotions and sunblock lotions can help prevent sunburn and skin damage. Using sunscreen lotion (topical sunscreen) can be an important precautionary measure in protecting sensitive skin from the harmful effects of the sun, including burning, aging, and skin cancer.

Many experts recommend the use of a non-toxic sunscreen lotion whenever there is a chance of getting sunburned. The problem is that non-toxic sunscreens can be difficult to find.

Many sunscreen lotions are unstable, toxic, and only moderately effective against UVA rays.

For further information on sunscreen toxicity, sunscreen ingredients to avoid, and other concerns about sunscreen lotions, expand the respective sections below. The Recommendations section at the bottom has information on which sunscreen lotion active ingredients you should use.

Most Sunscreen Lotions Are Not Very Effective Against UVA Rays

There are drawbacks to the use of topical sunscreen. Most sunscreen lotions help block or absorb UVB rays, but don’t do an effective job of filtering UVA rays. UVB causes sunburn, but UVA penetrates deeper into your skin and may be accountable for a large share of the blame in... More

SPF Does Not Indicate UVA Protection

Furthermore, SPF (Sun Protection Factor) only characterizes UVB protection, not a sunscreen’s ability to protect from UVA rays. Sunscreen lotion manufacturers may make “broad spectrum” claims or state that a sunscreen protects from both UVB and UVA rays, but the level of UVA coverage may be unknown because UVA protection... More

Some Active Ingredients In Sunscreen Lotions Are Chemically Unstable

It has been clinically shown that most conventional sunscreen lotions break down in the sun. But not only do common sunscreen components including avobenzone, oxybenzone, dioxybenzone, octocrylene, and others lose their effectiveness when exposed to the sun, they are actually unstable—breaking down and creating free radicals and reactive oxygen species.... More

Some Ingredients In Sunscreen Lotions Are Toxic

Some of the ingredients in sunscreen lotions penetrate your skin and enter your bloodstream. These unhealthy ingredients can cause unintended effects, including interfering with your body’s natural hormone systems. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), oxybenzone can be a hormone disruptor; its detection in pregnant women... More


While avoiding sun exposure is ideal, using sunscreen lotion is still almost definitely better than getting badly sunburned.  But if you need to use a sunscreen lotion, many experts suggest using a product with zinc oxide (or zinc oxide and titanium dioxide together), which offers full-coverage (UVA and UVB) protection from the sun. Zinc oxide also doesn’t seem to have negative health concerns, and has been shown to be much less likely to break down (has greater photo-stability) in the sun than other traditional chemical sunscreens. Make sure, however, that the product you use doesn’t contain any of the potentially toxic compounds discussed in the sections above. Furthermore, choose a product that doesn’t contain retinal, retinol, or retinyl palmitate, and doesn’t use micronized zinc oxide or micronized titanium dioxide.

Even the perfect sunscreen lotion still has some limitations:

  • It doesn’t reflect or block all ultraviolet radiation: some still gets through
  • It is not exceedingly effective against UVA rays
  • It may encourage longer sun exposure and therefore greater sun damage
  • It only works on the areas to which it is applied
  • It can be difficult to apply
  • It can be messy
  • It can be visible and unsightly on your skin
  • It can be inconvenient to use
  • It may prevent the production of Vitamin D

Science shows the ingredients in Sunsafe Rx can be useful for supplemental support by:

  • Providing support for your skin and eyes during exposure to environmental stresses
  • Being healthy and safe
  • Supporting your whole body, not just the areas you can reach
  • Not rubbing off
  • Not being messy
  • Being easy to use
  • Allowing your normal production of Vitamin D

Sunsafe Rx is a healthy addition to your everyday anti-aging routine that may also include a zinc oxide/titanium dioxide sunscreen lotion. Of course, you should also use other methods of sun protection (like covering up), and in general avoid excessive sun exposure if at all possible.

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