By now, we hope you’re likening our blog to easily digestible, necessary information that is non-blamey and educational. Which is why this week we’re shedding some light onto the world of endocrine disruptors, what the hell an endocrine actually is, and how to avoid the disruptors because they are, well…disruptive.
What is an endocrine system?
Essentially the endocrine system is made up of a number of glands in the body, namely the pituitary and thyroid glands, which secrete and regulate hormone production in the body. Your endocrine system is around to keep things like sleep, metabolism and reproduction all living their best life.
What happens when it gets disrupted?
Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that can interfere with our bodies endocrine system and damage the function of these glands, messing around with our developmental, reproductive, neurological and immune systems. This can include lowered fertility, messed up hormones, and endometriosis.
How can it become disrupted via sunscreen?
Chemical UV filters found in sunscreens such as oxybenzone and phthalates, as well as parabens have been linked in studies to be suspected endocrine disruptors, meaning that the chemical sunscreen you apply to your skin, may be causing adverse effects in the long-term, and messing up your hormones. This could mean anything between a disjointed sleep schedule, to enlarged mammary glands, and even a lower chance of conception.
It is important to note that the aforementioned adverse effects of chemical UV filters hasn’t been proven yet, but there are enough studies on the subject to make you think twice about slip, slop, slapping a tube of oxybenzone all over yourself, especially when there are so many alternatives on the market.
We are in the primary business of keeping you safe from the sun/UV rays. Keeping you free from potentially harmful chemicals is an added bonus, because we’re not interested in taking any risks here at MOTHER SPF. Our 100% natural, non-Nano zinc oxide-based formula will keep your skin happily burn-free sans stress about the long-term, making it an everyday essential/best pal that nourishes from the outside, in.