#27 Fatal Conveniences™: Sunscreen: Counterproductive Chemicals

#27 Fatal Conveniences™: Sunscreen: Counterproductive Chemicals

The sun is so incredibly vital to our health. When our skin is exposed to sunlight, it begins to manufacture its own vitamin D. Vitamin D production is crucial to many body functions like calcium absorption, maintaining healthy bones and boosting the immune system. So why are we slathering on chemicals to block the sun rays?

Welcome to Fatal Conveniences™. 

This is a bite-sized segment that parallels The Darin Olien Show. In these segments, we get into society’s Fatal Conveniences™. I define these as the things we may be doing because the world we live in makes us believe we have to. These things save us time and trick us into thinking they’re actually good for us. But it’s those same things that are breaking down our health and the health of the environment around us.

I’ve spent most of my adult life obsessively researching these “conveniences.” On every show, I pick one topic, and we dive into it. My goal is to make you more aware of these traps so that you can push back on them. Remember, it starts with you and the choices you make. So, if you’re willing to look at your world from a different perspective and make little tweaks that amount to big changes, then this segment is for you.

Human beings need sunlight.

I know many of you are probably thinking “But Darin, what about sunburn? What about skin cancer?” And those are valid concerns. I go into depth on both of these subjects in this segment. But my point is this: when you apply sunscreen to your skin, you are absorbing dangerous chemicals directly into your bloodstream. If cancer is what you’re trying to avoid, you’ll be sorely disappointed to learn that the very chemicals you think are protecting you are actually increasing your chances for many different kinds of cancer.

In this segment, I identify the four common toxins found in most sunscreens. I explain what they do to your body and why you should avoid them at all costs. I also get into the delusion we’ve all been fed our entire lives about the sun being dangerous. We need the sun! Don’t get me wrong, we need to use common sense. If you have a history of skin cancer if your family, then by all means, look for ways to protect yourself. But using chemicals is not the answer. If you need to use sunscreen, I go over what to avoid and what to use instead. 

Be sure to check out The Darin Olien Show Episode #26 Matt Meruca on Letting the Sun Back Into Your Life for more great information on the importance of sunlight!

  • The 4 main chemicals in most sunscreens and why they’re horrible for you
  • The importance of Vitamin D
  • A frightening study from the FDA
  • Melanin explained
  • What sun-bathing women in Sweden can tell us about the sun
  • The magic of Nitric Oxide
  • Healthy sunscreen brands that get my seal of approval

The Darin Olien Show is produced by the team at Must Amplify. If you’re looking to give a voice to your brand, and make sure that it’s heard by the right people, head to www.mustamplify.com/darin to see what Amplify can do for you.

  • Sam Alban
    Posted at 23:47h, 09 October Reply

    Super, Darin. Way to make me question everything I’ve ever learned about sunscreen. I’ve been using the stuff since I was 15 and now, at 43, my blood must be no less than 50% chemical grossness. Now, I gotta “do my homework” and figure out where the hell I go from here. Le sigh.

  • Sam Alban
    Posted at 23:48h, 09 October Reply

    Also…good show.

  • Janice Summers
    Posted at 16:33h, 17 October Reply

    Thank you for this! I have been creating natural and organic skincare products for over a decade now. Every year I get requests from people to make a sunscreen. I wont do it even though it’s very lucrative for revenue. I tell people to eat lots of veggies, gradually introduce yourself to the sun, do not burn, wear protective clothes and stick to the shade when the sun is at the harshest point.

  • Melanie
    Posted at 17:36h, 19 October Reply

    After getting malignant melanoma in 1985 (when I was 23), I am not going out in the sun unless absolutely necessary, lol. Bi-annual check-ups w/dermatologists since then take their toll. My mother (red head) and grandfather also had issues with skin cancer. In SW FL, we get plenty of sun year round by driving (rays coming in via windows and windshield), walking to the mailbox, etc. I am not afraid of the sun, but I’m not gonna hang out in it unless I’m covered up.

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