Well it’s time to give a warm welcome to summers, and first few things that come to my mind is heat, sunlight and yes Sunscreens!! Sunscreen is the most important product to keep our skin healthy as it protects us from UVA and UVB sun rays which can cause skin cancer, hyper melanin production, rashes, sunburn, premature ageing of the skin, skin moles etc.
As I went to buy sunscreen, I was shocked to realize that the brands which are most common in India and widely used by masses contain a lot of harmful ingredients! I felt as if I was blind while buying these brands and did so much injustice to my health.
I thought to do some research on what are the ingredients from which I should really stay away and found PABA (para amino benzoic acid), benzophenones (dioxybenzone and oxybenzone), octinoxate, homosalate, parabens, alcohol, preservative and fragrance are the ones which are most harmful.
All of these harmful ingredients are responsible for health effects such as disturbance in hormonal activity, interference with thyroid, estrogen production and disruption, making sunscreen do less care than harm.
I have ranked five of the worst sunscreens (first being the most harmful one) from which you should completely stay away ..
Amway – Most of us have heard about the natural own grown ingredients used by amway to make final products and that’s why we go for it, but unexpectedly I found many harmful chemicals present in amway sunscreen like parabens, octinoxate, oxybenzone, alcohol etc, which are highly responsible for skin problems, can lead to thyroid and hormonal issues which made me give it a big no.
Nivea – This brand is not only popular among girls but also among boys. Nivea lotions and moisturizers are the most preferred ones because of its good quality and lower price range but when it comes to sunscreens, it should not be the preferred one. It contains chemicals like parabens, octinoxate, homoslate, alcohol etc which can disrupt balanced estrogen/ progesterone production in body.
VLCC – A highly reputed brand we can say, but when I went through the ingredients of VLCC sunscreen, I was very disheartened, as I found that it contains parabens, PABA, alcohol etc. which can be responsible for endrocrine distruption and some skin problems too.
Lotus Herbals/Vaseline – Well these are the brands which you can find in every household shelves, but these brands didn’t do well when it comes to sunscreen, both of these contains parabens, alcohol and some other harmful chemicals, which I will not suggest to neglect as these ingredients are responsible for skin problems and can be a big problem for sensitive skin type.