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Homosalate as a Toxin in Sunscreen- Part Three in our Five Part Series

We’ve covered the dangers of Oxybenzone and Octinoxate and now share with you another known dangerous sunscreen additive known as Homosalate.

Homosalate isn’t a medication, but a chemical ingredient in dozens of prescription and over-the-counter products.  It is the primary component of dozens of sunscreens and photosensitivity drugs and medications.  Some of the more common brand names on the market today which use Homosalate include Banana Boat, Bullfrog, Blistex, Coppertone, Hawaiian Tropic, Neutrogenia, Oil of Olay, Nivea, Noxema, Chap Stick, Waterbabies, and Vaseline.  Products you’ve known and probably used and trusted over the years.

Homosalate is another toxin which should be avoided. Unfortunately, it’s routinely added in many popular beauty products.

Uses of Homosalate

This ingredient is used in photosensitivity drugs, sunscreens, tanning lotions, moisturizers, and skin protectants. It comes in several forms such as lotions, creams, gels, sprays, sticks, oils, and lip balms.  It is used to protect the skin from sun damage and to moisturize the skin.

Contraindications

Those with certain medical conditions may not be able to use products containing this ingredient.  Homosalate has chemical compounds which can cause medical conditions including skin diseases such as folliculitis, eczema, acne, and psoriasis.  So as it might prevent your skin from getting wrinkles, the downside is an exacerbation of breakouts.  How does it affect your fertility? Due to its composition as a chemical sunscreen, it relies on a chemical transformation, per say, when it comes into contact with your skin and the sun.  (Read our article for more information).  As the body is reacting to this chemical occurrence, dangerous by-products are created which then mimic estrogen causing fluctuations within your reproductive system.  These fluctuations can result in changes to your menstrual cycle, poor egg quality, and other medical conditions like Endometriosis.  Aside from this, these by-products are then stored in our cells and fat tissue until the body is able to eliminate them.  In the case of sunscreen, which should be re-applied every couple of hours and on a daily basis, that’s a large amount of dangerous toxins floating in our bodies and for how long?  Another harmful ingredient that’s best left on the shelf.

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