As the founder of Mug Skin Care, I have researched and written extensively on the subject of sunscreens and applied those finding in the decision not include sunscreen chemicals in Mug For Men products. The bottom line: mixing dangerous chemicals in our nutritious and natural products would be about the dumbest thing I could do, along with being a huge disservice to our customers. I was recently reading the following bullet points on realfarmacy.com and I thought I'd share them, as the summer is upon us and what better time to bring this up again:
- According to a June 2014 article featured in The Independent (UK), a major study conducted by researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden found that women who avoid sunbathing during the summer are twice as likely to die as those who sunbathe every day.
- In the USA, vitamin D deficiency is at epidemic levels. Ironically, vitamin D deficiency can lead to aggressive forms of skin cancer. A ground-breaking 2011 study published in Cancer Prevention Research suggests that optimal blood levels of vitamin D offers protection against sunburn and skin cancer. That’s because overall sun avoidance combined with wearing sunscreen effectively blocks the body’s ability to produce vitamin D3 from the sun’s UVB rays, which is by far the best form of vitamin D.
- A 2000 Swedish study concluded that higher rates of melanoma occurred in those who used sunscreen versus those who did not.
- Elizabeth Plourde, PhD, is a California-based scientist who authored the book Sunscreens – Biohazard: Treat as Hazardous Waste, which extensively documents the serious life-threatening dangers of sunscreens not only to people but to the environment as well. Dr. Plourde provides proof that malignant melanoma and all other skin cancers increased significantly with ubiquitous sunscreen use over a 30-year period. She emphasizes that many sunscreens contain chemicals that are known carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC).
- Bernard Ackerman, MD, (deceased 2008) was one of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject of skin cancer and the sun, sunscreens and melanoma skin cancer risks. Below are Ackerman’s views excerpted from an article in The New York Times (July 20, 2004), titled “I BEG TO DIFFER; A Dermatologist Who’s Not Afraid to Sit on the Beach”: The link between melanoma and sun exposure (dermatology’s dogma) is unproven. There’s no conclusive evidence that sunburns lead to cancer. There is no real proof that sunscreens protect against melanoma. There’s no proof that increased exposure to the sun increases the risk of melanoma.
Above excerpts taken from article written at: http://realfarmacy.com/scientists-blow-the-lid-on-cancer-sunscreen-myth/
One of Mug For Men's main reason in the decision making process not to add sunscreen to our formulation, was that my research found that Vitamin D from the sun is much more beneficial than protecting it from the sun, whilst applying dangerous chemicals on your body (which is absorbed into your body) was harmful. Further research found that many of the chemical in sunscreen have been on the FDA's approval wait list for over a decade. Why haven't they been approved? My only guess is that they know they are dangerous, but if they deem them dangerous, it would throw the sunscreen industry (and their lobbyists) into a tizzy. If they approved it, and then it comes out they were in fact dangerous, the government could be held liable.
The biggest scam and potentially dangerous practice that skin care companies do is add SPF 15 or 30 to their moisturizing creams (which are usually chemicals mixtures anyway). Think about it, when do most people put skin care on? Mostly in the morning followed by bedtime. When is the sun at its weakest? The morning. How long does protection last? Well, the FDA recommends reapplying every 90 minutes. So, if you get ready at 7am, by 8:30am you should be reapplying (and of course blame Trump).
Now do you see the error in your ways? So, it doesn't work and you just put a bunch of chemicals into and on your body. So, why buy from skin care companies that are putting your life in danger and lying to you about the benefits, just to make a buck and for some good (but erroneous) advertising?
So, the next time you go to the beach or golfing, I recommend covering up, wear a hat and use sunscreen sparingly and with natural ingredients like zinc oxide. Although sun does "weather" the skin and causes wrinkles, it’s not going to kill you like the lack of Vitamin D could. So, put it on your face and use the rest of your body to absorb vitamin D, because fearing the sun, is like fearing the boogey man.
Kevin Kenneth, Founder/CEO
First, most sunscreen - other than the organic types like zinc oxide, are chemical mixtures. Mug for Men is about natural skin care and so I shy away from adding chemicals. What goes on your body is absorbed into it. Your skin has enough to do to defend against the stuff absorbed from your daily environment, why exacerbate the issue by adding more directly on your skin? That's just one reason I don’t add it to Mug for Men products.
For many of us, reaching for anything on the drug store shelf is the order of the day even though what they may be putting on their skin may require a chemistry degree to understand the ingredients.