Dr Oz, Physical Sunscreen With Micronized Zinc Oxide, Safe Alternative

Dr. Oz Talks About Safe Sunscreens That Contain Micronized Zinc Oxide Rather Than Harmful Chemicals

During the opening segment of today’s Dr. Oz show Dr. Arthur Perry & Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi talked about harmful chemicals that act as endocrine disruptors in sunscreen that interfere with your hormones and could raise your risk for cancer.  During this segment on today’s show Dr. Oz talked about safe “Physical Sunscreens” that don’t contain the harmful chemicals that are absorbed into the bloodstream.

Difference Between Physical Sunscreens & Chemical Sunscreens

Consumer demand for sunscreens that did not leave leave a creamy look on the skin is what led to the cosmetic industry to make sunscreens that were quickly absorbed.  It is these chemical sunscreens that are absorbed so quickly that may pose a potential health concern.  Physical sunscreens that contain micronized zinc oxide do not pose any danger because they aren’t absorbed.

How To Know You Are Purchasing A Physical Sunscreen As A Safer Alternative?

Physical sunscreens work by providing a physical barrier and blocking out the harmful rays.  Dr. Oz posed this question to Dr. Tanzi and she recommends that you read your label and check for zinc and/or titanium in the ingredients section.  She said they these types of sunscreens block both UVB and UVA rays.  Physical sunscreens are made from rocks.

Read The Labels and Check For Micronized Zinc Oxide

Micronized zinc oxide is an invisible form of zinc that doesn’t leave the white creamy film on your screen but it isn’t absorbed into your skin (which is good).  It blocks out the harmful rays but will not get into your bloodstream.

How Often Should You Apply Physical Sunscreen?

Physical sunscreen will last for several hours and does not need to be reapplied unless it has been wiped off, according to Dr. Arthur Perry.  Chemical sunscreen however, needs to be reapplied every 1 to 2 hours.

What Does Dr. Oz recommend?

Dr. Oz recommends using physical sunscreen to protect yourself from the suns harmful rays while not being absorbed into your body at the same time.  He said that prices range between 11 and 95 dollars for sunscreens with micronized zinc oxide.

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