Nowadays it can be difficult to say what is healthy and what is not. With all the chemicals in our food and beauty products, it can be tempting to dive headfirst into the world of natural remedies and holistic alternatives to the products we rely on.
Such a product is sunscreen. With recent attention being focused on the ingredients of sunscreens that can be harmful to humans and the environment, there has been a boom in self-made DIY sunscreen recipes on blog pages. Pinterest, the site aggregator popular with home-made and DIY types, is becoming increasingly popular with home-grown sunscreen users.
A recent research study cited by CTV News found that the effectiveness of these DIY recipes is not always reliable. They found that these prescriptions, which are supposedly natural alternatives to sunscreens, may not provide adequate protection against UV rays.
Due to the risk of unprotected sun exposure, sunscreen products in Canada are regulated to provide a safe level of protection. The formulas that are available online are neither regulated nor tested for their safety or effectiveness in protecting the skin from UV radiation. They simply claim to be a natural alternative to commercial products, which does not necessarily mean they are better or even safer.
It makes sense that the interest in natural products would gain popularity. However, it is very important that people know where to get their information and if they are safe. Sun damage can be very dangerous and potentially life-threatening, so the risk of being unprotected is high. Sunscreen is regulated for a reason. It is best to use products that have been tested for safety and effectiveness against the known dangers of UV radiation.
As with most things, it is important to think critically about the sources of your information on the Internet or elsewhere, and to ensure that your information comes from a trusted or trusted location in security matters.