THE SUN – DEVIL OR SAVIOUR?
Sunburn and skin cancer. These are issues which many of us consider during the summer months. The sun is seen as the devil, sunscreen as our saviour. Question is, is this really the truth?
How, may I ask, do we think that during millions of years of existence (and during god’s creation process if you subscribe to creationism) that humanity did not acquire a natural ability to protect itself from the sun rays? Allow me this point: there are many animals on this great earth that have ways to protect themselves from the cold. The buffalo has a shaggy coat, as do many other animals such as the polar bear. So, why, may I ask? do humans not have mechanisms to protect themselves from the dark, devlish rays of the sun.
The answer is, they DO, when humans are exposed to short periods of sunlight, their skin darkens. Even after a human burns quite severely the skin regenerates with a darker pigmentation. This is natural! Also, it has been documented that through diet, specifically through eating richly pigmented vegetables, the skin becomes better at resisting skin damage. So, while severe sunburn can damage DNA (I certainly don’t condone going out and getting loads of blisters), the skin does have natural defence mechanisms that can come into play as we interact with the celestial object which gives LIFE to this planet.
To further illustrate my point, take a look at what happens to the colour of people’s skin as we move through native populations from the equator up to the north pole (excluding the inuit and Eskimo peoples). It gets paler…. Well, you know, Kanye West (whose ancestors obviously originated from Africa) looks a hell of a lot different to Kim Kardashian from where I’m standing. From an evolutionary point of view (sorry creationists, you may want to skip this bit), I respect your views), this is an indicator of people gradually evolving over thousands of years to the relative strength of the sun’s rays. It is often speculated that people in northern climes need paler skin to absorb vitamin D properly.
So, why, the question must be asked, are we primarily proscribed by the medical establishment to slap on litres and litres of sunscreen onto our skin – a product which contains large quantities of toxic chemicals – substances which will be absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream, when our skin already able has its own in built coping mechanisms. Why would any sane person subject themselves to such treatment? Why satiate oneself with chemicals?!!! There is no easy answer. All I ask is next time a commercial urges you to slap on sunscreen to protect you from the sun, think twice. If you do really have to expose yourself to very strong sun exposure when you’re not used to it, by saying going to Brazil, maybe try natural sunscreens, reducing your time in the sun so your skin isn’t getting such a high dose, taking “shade” breaks, supplementing your diet – anything else.
With that mind I leave you a list of common ingredients found in one particular sunscreen (to remain unnamed)…. Please don’t be too alarmed by the chemical sounding names, this stuff is after all good for you – why would you be lied to? I have also written the major parts of what’s in the sun’s rays. Enjoy!!!
C12-15 alkyl benzoate
C18-36 acid glycol ester
Polyglyceryl-3 methylglucose distearate
Diethylhexyl butamido triazone
Adipic acid/diglycol crosspolymer
Butyrospermum parkii butter
Acrylamide/ammonium acrylate copolymer
Potassium cetyl phosphate
Acrylates/vinyl isodecanoate crosspolymer
Vitis vinifera seed oil
Panax ginseng extract
Sodium ascorbyl phosphate
The sun’s rays
Infrared radiation – The part of the sun’s rays that we can’t see. This is what warms our planet.
Visible light radiation – That part of the sun’s rays that we can see. This is what brings colour and visual intensity to our planet
UV radiation – The smallest proportion of the sun’s rays. Plays an essential role in plant photosynthesis and vitamin D production. Can burn skin when present in excess.