Most of us lather on sunscreen whenever we expect to have even the slightest bit of sun exposure. And we’re often told to do just that because the risk of not doing so is contracting skin cancer from exposure to UV rays. However, new studies seem to suggest that sunscreen may be causing more harm than good.
Studies show that oxybenzone, triclosan, parabens, and phthalates, have the ability to disrupt the functioning of hormones. These ingredients are commonly found in commercial sunscreens. Studies showed that when adolescents switched to cleaner products without these compounds, the levels of these chemicals in their systems dropped quickly, so it’s worth switching to products free of these chemicals.