Is Sunscreen The New Margarine? Is Using Sunscreen As Bad As Smoking Cigarettes? Here's The Truth.

is sunscreen the new margarine today's video is probably going to be a little controversial and we're gonna discuss two things that have happened recently number one the fact that the FDA is looking into the safety of sunscreens and what that means for our health and for our skin and number two is sunscreen the new margarine there was an article published on January 10th of 2019 saying that sunscreen might be the new margarine in the sense that SPF 50 is as bad as smoking a pack of cigarettes now that is not true and the article that wrote this was very biased and didn't even cite credible resources but in today's video I do want to break down sunscreen safety what is actually in our products what is and isn't safe and why is the government looking into this and what does it mean for us first off how what is going on and what does this mean essentially the FDA is the Food and Drug Administration they're the ones that are in charge of making sure that our products are labeled properly every single product at least in America has an inky list I and CY it's basically that little list that tells you what's in those products and if you notice some products have a drug Facts and it tells you what the active ingredient is that is giving you sun protection now the big news is that the FDA the government regulation for how these things are labeled is looking into the safety of some of these ingredients if you've watched this channel for a while you know that there are two different kinds of sunscreens physical or mineral sunscreens work by reflecting UVA and UVB rays kind of like a mirror they let the light bounce off and deflect away to protect your skin whereas there are also chemical sunscreens that work differently they're a little bit more like a sponge and they actually absorb those UVA and UVB rays and therefore give us PF protection there are 16 ingredients that are approved for sun protection there are 19 that have a sun protection factor and out of those 16 that are approved here in the US 14 of them are up for review meaning that only 2 are still considered generally regarded as safe so what are these ones that are up for of you why are they up for review and what does this mean for us well sunscreens have not really been updated since the 1970s it was 1978 I believe that the sunscreen industry started being regulated and if you look around on your sunscreen bottles you'll notice there are many different types there are sunscreens that you apply to your skin there are sprays there are even foundations or makeup that say they have SPF in them there are also powders that go onto the skin or sticks all of these say that there's an SPF label on the top and when you turn them around they have those active ingredients now you've always heard me talk about titanium and zinc oxide those are considered physical or mineral sunscreens they are still regarded as safe and they are not up for debate but the ones that are up for debate are the ones that are called chemical sunscreens these include octa Knox 8 homeless ale-8 Evo Ben's own oxybenzone I believe definitely oxybenzone and maybe Ava Ben's own and a couple of other ones that I'm not as familiar with what's also interesting is that some of these chemicals such as eve of end zone and oxybenzone are actually banned both in Hawaii and now in Florida Keys and the reason why is because a lot of people who were going in the water they could actually see the sunscreen sitting on the surface and there are some studies and some beliefs that this is disrupting both marine life and the coral reefs and because these oxybenzone that avo been zones are such strong molecules they don't break down easily which means that they stay in the water they stay in these environments and might disrupt the ecosystem and seeing is we've only got one planet it's pretty important to maintain the health of our environments now something that I don't like is the fact that these are called mineral or chemical sunscreens it kind of sets up this idea that chemical is bad if you watched our skin science video on how to read your ingredient labels you understand that just because you don't know what a ingredient means or just because you can't pronounce it doesn't mean it's bad or dangerous it just means that you might not know the scientific name or you just haven't learned that yet so while I want to make the distinction that chemicals are not bad chemicals make up you and me what you ate for breakfast is made up of chemicals in this stance when we talk about chemicals we are talking about this subset of ingredients that are found in sunscreens that work by absorbing UVA and UVB rays instead of reflecting back and those are the ones that are up for debate why are some of these even being looked into the reason why is because there have been trace amounts found in human blood found in human urine and found in mother's breast milk and because we don't really know how these work there have been no cancer safety tests done we need to make sure that it's okay to consume to inhale and to use these products and specifically for a chemical like Octonauts 8 this has been shown that it could be related to thyroid or hormone issues if you look at oxybenzone there were actually studies that showed that human baby weight was different depending on whether or not mothers used this or had this in their bloodstream and on top of that oxybenzone was seen as an androgen disruptor as well as an estrogen disruptor it was shown to be a weak estrogen and a moderate anti-androgen now one of those mean essentially estrogens androgens and testosterone are inside of your bodies that your body uses to function every single cell in your body has a receptor for vitamin D and has hormone receptors and that's how your body communicates and if some of these chemicals are mimicking these or disrupting these that could have an impact on technically every single cell in your body in different ways homo Sayle it was seen to be an estrogen androgen and testosterone disrupter and on top of that something like a vovan zone it has to be combined with stabilizers in order for it to be effective that's the other thing is that in a lot of the chemical sunscreens you have the active ingredient and a lot of cosmetic companies are just putting this into a base of who knows what that's why sunscreens sometimes are greasy on the skin and they also add penetrators to try to make sure the penetrate they penetrate deeper which okay that might be good for sun protection which is essential and I want muted still use sunscreens but at the same time if that's getting into our bloodstream and if it's penetrating to places it shouldn't go is that healthy for us and that's why it's being looked into there was a 2006 study that showed that some of these chemicals could actually cause allergic reactions or irritation on the skin on top of that a lot of these spray sunscreens are not tested we don't know if it's saved to BRE these in and if they get on the lips is it safe to ingest there was a study done in Denmark in 2015 it looked at I think 19 different chemicals to try to see are these cancerous is there any data on them and that study showed that there were no cancer papers done no does this cause cancer sort of research done on these ingredients that people are inhaling breathing ingesting and putting on their skin which inevitably gets absorbed into the skin and has been shown in human blood human breast milk and in human urine so obviously we're getting these chemicals in our bodies obviously they are being filtered through our bodies and perhaps staying in our tissues we do not yet know but these have not really been updated since the 70s there are no major tests that have actually shown the safety of them so are some of these things safe and again these are the chemical sunscreens the physical sunscreens are regarded as safe and sunscreen is essential but I am personally happy that we are going to find out a bit more research about this I think that everybody fears things that they don't understand and this really is an opportunity for consumers unto the government to come together to talk about our concerns with cosmetic manufacturing to actually understand what's going on our skin and be proactive about what we're using on our bodies and in the environment so I don't know how long it's gonna take it's probably gonna take two or three years but I am very excited um because of what this means for the rest of us so the sunscreen market has been growing meaning that more of these bottles are being sold and used but also the melanoma diagnosis has also been shooting up melanoma being skin cancer but just because the diagnosis is going up doesn't mean that these two things are cause and effect now this is where this sunscreen is the new margarine paper comes in this article writer claims that SPF 50 could be as bad for you is smoking a pack of cigarettes and that sunscreen is the new margarine that we all need to avoid now his thinking behind this is that sunscreen rates have been going up sunscreen use has been going up and skin cancer has been going up and one thing that is true is that being in the Sun helps our bodies produce vitamin D and if we look at the population as a whole vitamin D levels have been going down vitamin D is an essential vitamin and it's technically not a vitamin if you actually look at it it is more like a steroid hormone with the way it acts in the body but every single one of your cells has a receptor for this vitamin it is essential and your body makes it from going in the Sun you can get it in a pill form but there are two forms of vitamin D and the one that you get from the Sun ten minutes of sun exposure is better now remember this guys claiming that sunscreen is causing cancer or causing low vitamin D now this guy is making a correlation that doesn't actually exist and it's getting people to be afraid of their sunscreens when they should be using them every single day back in 1978 America had 9000 diagnosis C's of skin cancer guess what that is projected to be this year 91 thousand it's like a tenfold increase so if you just look at those numbers I can see where someone would say oh my god sunscreen use has been going up and now skin cancer diagnosis these are going not there must be causation that does not mean there's causation but I want you to think about what could be causing that maybe we're better nowadays at detecting skin cancer and lumps and bumps that we were in the past maybe there's more awareness maybe people are using sunscreen but using it improperly and making an excuse that they can go out in the Sun think of it as like the diet coke syndrome you know the person who says oh I'm drinking a diet coke so therefore I can eat an entire birthday cake doesn't exactly work that way maybe some people are applying sunscreen and not remembering or knowing that they have to reapply it every two hours and they're going out sunbathing or in a tanning booth maybe people are relying on only sunscreen instead of using shade and clothing and other forms of sun protection so there could be a lot of things that are influencing this number and again correlation does not mean causation additionally some manufacturers who are trying to just make money they include other ingredients in their sunscreen that artificially boosts their F SPF scores and again when you read an SPF score that doesn't mean you're thirty percent protected from the Sun this is just an indicator of how long this product is good for before you need to reapply that's why the FDA is considering capping sunscreen at 50 or 60% because SPF 130 makes people think that they could wear it all day when in reality they still need to reapply now I want to put up a little graph here that shows what is actually best at blocking UVA and UVB rays and if you look dink oxide and a t-shirt are literally the best so again we'll stock up on that physical sunscreen and just wear a t-shirt wear a hat that is the best form of sun protection let's also talk about UVA and UVB these are both two different types of UV light that have different wavelengths and guess what they do different things in the skin I want you to remember UVB as in UV burn and UVA as in UV aging UVB rays are the ones that actually make your skin pink or a little bit blistery and UVA s are the one that actually caused cellular damage that caused fine lines and wrinkles and aging and both of these are associated with skin cancer again we don't know all of the causes or the cures to skin cancer that's really the million dollar question but there could be so many factors and these are two that are heavily linked so protecting ourselves against those every single day even on cloudy days is essential but again UVA and UVB should both be accounted for physical and mineral sunscreens do that but these chemical ones don't always do that so are they really safe enough now unfortunately this guy who's making these claims about the SPF 50 and the pack of cigarettes he took this off of a study that was done in Sweden that had no correlation to sunscreen think about it this guy writes an article saying sunscreen is the new margarine SPF 50 is as bad as a pack of cigarettes because he looked at a study that was done in Sweden of women who went outside literally how much time did women go outside this study did not even ask these people about sunscreen use did not even ask these people about sunscreen and yet this is kind of being put out there in the media and just goes to show that you can't trust everything that you read on an article just because it's at the top of Google doesn't mean that it's credible it just means that they had the best SEO search engine optimization or they had the catchiest title it doesn't mean it's true the internet is not a library the internet is a dumpster that's why you should always double check your sources check resources check references and get second opinions and that goes for everything I say as well just don't take all this as truth check the resources down below make sure that you should educate yourself and make your own decisions but that being said because of this article a lot of fear came about vitamin D and fear being that sunscreen might cause cancer or sunscreen might block vitamin D the truth is it does not look like sunscreen to blocks vitamin D production we only mean 10 minutes a day and our body is very good at making and utilizing vitamin D sunscreen is not going to stop that also the benefits of sunscreen highly outweigh the risks I would always recommend using a physical or mineral sunscreen especially if you have acne because you don't want to ruin your face you don't want to cause breakouts you don't want to ruin the environment and you want to stay safe now even though I do not promote chemical sunscreens I do not like them personally there are some people who feel that they are better some people like the spray-on types for people who do have darker skin tones they can find that some of the physical ones leave a little bit of a gray cast to the skin you know how some sunscreens are hard to rub in and I get where that can be frustrating so if it's use a sunscreen that isn't proven to be safe versus use nothing you're a lot better using the sunscreen but at the same time if you have a choice please go for a physical or a mineral one now the other reason that I'm kind of happy that the FDA is looking into this is because not only is it exploration and education but it's also to stop things like this from happening this is one of my favorite foundations I love it but this has SPF 15 in it I want you to think about how much of this foundation you apply maybe a couple drops maybe five and spread it throughout the face this is SPF 30 I want to show you how much sunscreen you need to apply every two hours do you see these globs you need to apply this to your face every two hours your face your chest your back your body etc every two hours of sun exposure do you think I'm gonna get this much sunscreen in using a couple drops of this foundation no and that's why something that says SPF 15 on a foundation bottle like this is extraordinarily misleading it is not something that we should be allowing to happen same goes with those powder sunscreens those are not technically safe you're applying a powder think about how thin of a layer that is that's not providing you the sun protection that you actually need and you see this is what I'm talking about you see the white cast for some people that is bothersome you know and I do think that there should be better sunscreens for people of color or people who just don't want to flash back like a ghost I am one of those people I don't want to flash back but if it comes to you not wearing sunscreen versus using a chemical one please use a sunscreen sunscreen is essential but if you have a choice please go for the ones that are actually safe for the skin these are two that I would recommend and I'll put a couple more in the description if that is helpful for you but at the end of all this what does this mean for US consumers what should we be doing and what's gonna be the future going forward the truth is sunscreen is essential mineral and physical sunscreens have been regarded is safe and are still safe some of these other chemical sunscreens such as the AVO benzos the oxybenzone etc are up for debate experts are going to look at these ingredients they're going to see if they are still safe to use or if they need to be combined with different ingredients or put in different formulas we're gonna see if it's actually okay for cosmetic companies to label things the way they do or if we do need to real able and relook at some of those things and at the end of the day sunscreens are not like a pack of cigarettes they are the opposite and sunscreens are not the new margarine sunscreens are very helpful and margarine is still something that you should avoid leave a comment below with what you learned from this video or what you still have questions about I think if this is an open topic for discussion and if we don't communicate and debate then we'll never have the opportunity to grow and learn I think there is a lot of misconception in the cosmetic world and misconception about safety and sunscreen and I don't think that people should be afraid to protect themselves but I do think that we should have honest true information and studies that show us what's going on our skin so that we can make the choices that are the healthiest for us give this video a thumbs up if you believe that we all deserve to know what's actually in our cosmetics and if you want a video on how to read your ingredients there is actually a link right here that shows you how to look at those labels and know what's actually inside your products I love you guys if you're new here please subscribe for more acne skincare and truthful content and I cannot wait to see you in the next video this one love you guys bye


  1. Cancer council australia has been telling us for years "it takes one sunburn to increase your risk of melanoma and other sun related cancers" and they also demand we buy their sunscreen as its according to "studies" theirs is the best, yet it starts at ike $20 for a small tube of their sunscreens! And their sunglasses are like $30…. ive used many brands of sunscreens over the years and fiubd that aldi dport spf 50 sunscreen has protected me the best and longest! Other brands even sport and spf 50 i fibd i need to re apply every 30 minutes as its rubbed off or sweated off easier than aldi but for face i use the coles every day sunscreen as it breaks me out the least on face

  2. Me after this video ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ฆ๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘โœ…๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿšฎ. checking mines and my kids sunscreen. I rather be safe. Especially since I got hormonal ance. I will come back around back after the study if it all good

  3. This was very informative. I guess my only question is it raining big difference between sunblock and screen. I always heard sun block

  4. I understand that SPF in makeup does not give you enough protection, but what about if I'm using a moisturiser, foundation and powder all with SPF? Does layering the SPF give you extra protection? So if I use SPF moisturiser and then apply a physical sunscreen and then foundation and powder with SPF, am I getting extra protection or protection that will last longer?
    Love your videos ๐Ÿ˜

  5. This is so informative, thank you ๐Ÿ‘โค

  6. i really dont trust todays popular โ€˜healthyโ€™ products they are just selling their products they dont care about our health

  7. I already use mineral sunscreens but somebody needs to figure out a non-greasy formula! There's no way I could reapply them to my face every 2 hours (including the ones you recommend). By the end of the day I would look and feel like I was wearing a heavy coat of shiny vaseline. It's not just vanity, it's really uncomfortable and sticky.

  8. Do we really need to reapply a sunscreen every two hours?

  9. Do YOU know the truth about this?

  10. Sandalwood oil & sesame seed oil are natural sunscreens๐Ÿ’–

  11. I prefer white cast than chemical sunscreen

  12. and this video proves why you're the best youtuber ( at least about skincare., skin science etc). Thak you for the knowledge you give us <3
    i'll check the info in the infobox don't worry, but I know I could happily skip it because I trust your integrity <3 <3 ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. What about sunscreens that are hybrids with physical and chemical sunscreen ingredients?

  14. ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

  15. I've heard that Titanium dioxide has been proven to penetrate the dermis to your blood thus causing diseases, and that there are motions to ban it in Europe.

  16. WE ๐Ÿ‘ LOVE ๐Ÿ‘ A ๐Ÿ‘ CONTROVERSIAL ๐Ÿ‘ QUEEN ๐Ÿ‘

  17. This is so informative and eye opening, thank you Cassandra for sharing! Much love to you๐Ÿ’“

    ANTHELIOS SHAKA ULTRA-LIGHT SPF 50+ on a daily basis… this is backed by dermatologists?? This is broad spectrum…

  19. Another great and informative Video, thank you Casandra! Love how you break it all down for us, to leave no doubt. Writing this, while putting on my zinc oxide ๐Ÿ˜Š

  20. I want Mexoryl, Uvinal, and Tinosorb in the US! Why doesnโ€™t the FDA prioritize sun protection??

  21. Currently I'm using the Physical Sunscreen – Derma E Natural Mineral SPF30. It has Zinc Oxide 20%. But the only downside of the product is, it balls up while you applying it onto your skin. Is there any solution for this? โ˜น๏ธ

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