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. Sunsafe Rx is healthy and safe, and because the ingredients in Sunsafe Rx have been shown to help promote your defense against sun exposure, it’s a nice addition to your preventive routine.

For further information on sunscreen toxicity 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 Damaging UVA Rays

There are drawbacks to the use of topical sunscreen. Most sunscreen lotions help block or absorb UVB rays, but don’t do a great job of filterering out UVA rays. UVB causes sunburn, but UVA penetrates deeper into the skin and most likely does more damage than UVB. In fact, UVA... 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 is unknown because UVA protection is... More

Some Active Ingredients In Sunscreen Lotions Are Chemically Unstable

It has been clinically shown that the majority of 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... More

Some Ingredients In Sunscreen Lotions Are Toxic

Some of the ingredients in sunscreen lotions penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream. These dangerous ingredients can cause unintended effects, including interfering with the 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


If you have to use a sunscreen lotion, many experts suggest using a product with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which together offer full-coverage (UVA and UVB) protection from the sun and have been shown to be much less likely to break down (have greater photo-stability) in the sun than other traditional chemical sunscreens. Make sure, however, that the product doesn’t contain any of the potentially toxic or carcinogenic 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 titanium dioxide.

Yet 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 the skin
  • It can be inconvenient to use
  • It may prevent the production of Vitamin D

Science shows the ingredients in Sunsafe Rx help compensate for the limitations of sunscreen lotion (and can be useful for supplemental protection) by:

  • Providing support for your skin and eyes in the presence of UVA and UVB rays
  • Being healthy and safe and not contributing to the production of extra free-radicals on/in your skin
  • Offering a safety net, aiding your body’s ability to catch what sunscreen lotion misses
  • Providing “full coverage” supporting your whole body, not just the areas you can reach
  • Not rubbing off
  • Not being messy
  • Being easy to use
  • Not interfering with your body’s production of Vitamin D

Sunsafe Rx is a healthy addition to your everyday sun care 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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