3 Harmful Sunscreen Ingredients – Wise She Cosmetic Dictionary


We have always been asked to put on the sunscreen even if we stay at home or outside. We do not have to run away from the sun as one needs sun for the energy. It is from the sun that we get the essential Vitamin D which helps in many functions of our body. All we have to do is to go out and wear light clothing so that they do not absorb and attract the sun strong rays.


Three Sunscreen ingredients which are harmful are as follows:-

1)  – Benzophenone (benzophenone-3), homosalate, and octy-methoxycinnamate (octinoxate) –

The skin absorbs the benzophenone which can remain in the body for several days. It produces free radicals in the body. When used as directed, possible side effects of sunscreens which contain Benzophenone include skin redness and irritation.

2) – Triethanolamine –

Many sunscreen contains triethanolamine  which can cause the formation of cancer causing nitrosamines.This product is often not disclosed in the labels.

3) Padimate-O and Parsol 1789 (2-ethylhexyl-4-dimethylaminobenzoic acid and avobenzone):

These two chemicals have the potential to damage DNA when illuminated with sunlight. On the skin’s surface, these chemicals do protect from UV damage; however, once absorbed into the skin, the same chemicals can prove destructive

Finding A Safe Sunscreen -According to experts there is no sunscreen which is 100% safe therefore reading labels before buying them is a must.

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  1. and i have heard that now there are some organic sunscreen lotions too..i hope i get to see them soon..do u know any ?? :chic: :chic:

    • whwre have u headr abt organic sunscreens? 😕 😕 😕 TV, magazines? do let me know if u come across any brand with organic sunscreens coz i’m too aware of danger chemicals in sun screens / blocks and i always prefer to apply it less and cover my skin with scarf, umbrella, full sleeves kurta if i’m outdoors :secret: :secret: :secret:

  2. I have recently started using a sunscreen from a brand called ‘Just Herbs’. It has got some great reviews and has very promising ingredients for the skin.
    I am quite enjoying using it; great for summers/spring. For winters its not moisturizing enough.


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