I have an allergic reaction to sunscreen, which becomes a lot worse if I get overheated while wearing sunscreen. As such, I’ve basically stopped wearing traditional sunscreen and switched to uv clothing and hats when possible, and translucent Zinc Oxide Cream when not. The Zinc Oxide cream is different from regular sunscreen in that it’s a physical block between skin and UVA/UVB rays – like that white solid stuff that I remember lifeguards in the 90s wearing on their noses. Except th new stuff is translucent, so not a solid white cream anymore – it’s not really visible at all, although it does feel kind of thick on the skin. It’s been working fairly well, I think – haven’t been burned in a while, and I don’t have skin cancer.
Today in the news there is a suggestion that Sunscreen may be bad for our health. I’ve believed as much for years, what with the extreme pain and burning I feel when I put the stuff on. Granted, that isn’t what they’re talking about – the suggestion is that the sub-microscopic particles in sunscreen can negatively affect one’s immune system. Not that they offer any alternatives, nor do they suggest you don’t use sunscreen at all… just be aware that it might make you more prone to getting sick.
One more thing that makes me believe that the chemical environment we immerse ourselves in (without knowing it most of the time) is the root cause of all this cancer in the first place. But don’t take my word on it, it’s not like I’ve got research or learning to back any of that up. It’s just a hunch.