The past decade has seen enormous growth in the multibillion-dollar Industry that is sunscreen. Media outlets and doctors have consistently promoted this product and the problem arises as not all sunscreens are created equal and some of them are even harmful to the body. There are mainly two types of sunscreens mineral sunscreens and chemical sunscreens.
• Mineral sunscreens include compounds such as zinc oxide, titanium dioxide which create a physical barrier so as to protect the skin from the sun.
• Chemical sunscreens include complex structures of oxybenzone, avobenzone, octinoxate among others.
Some of these chemicals in more than needed amounts can act as endocrine disruptors. They also interfere with estrogenic and other hormone processes in the body. Studies have found that Oxybenzone present in sunscreen can reduce sperm count in men and can also cause endometriosis in women. The most alarming fact is that a recent study which took samples from over 1400 different sunscreens showed that only 5% have met the safety standards and overwhelming 40% products listed as potentially contributing to skin cancer.
Most of the Ayurvedic treatments in Kerala revolve around educating the short and long term effects of these fundamental issues. The Ayurvedic resorts in Kerala, the Ayurveda training courses in Kerala have also adopted the same. The Yoga Center in Kannur has even adopted the Panchakarma Therapy in Kerala.