[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]There has been an increase in do-it-yourself (DIY) care products in recent years. These products range from deodorant to soap, cream and even sunscreen. Recipes for homemade sunscreens are now more popular among social users. This is due to the fact that a lot of people find it appealing because of its potentially low cost. They also believe that homemade sunscreen is healthier than the commercially-produced one with ingredients whose health benefits they cannot ascertain.
However, according to a new study, users should not trust the recipes for sunscreen found online
as they may offer no protection against ultraviolet rays. A team of researchers from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Nationwide Children‘s Hospital, in Columbus, OH, and the Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville, carried out the study.
The study’s co-author, Dr Lara Mckenzie, warns,
“The internet is a great place for families to go to for recipe inspiration and arts and craft projects, but not necessarily for making their own safety-related things.”
The researchers turned their attention on a particular website, Pinterest. There, they found that 95.2%, of the saved posts (called “pins”) regarding DIY sunscreen, suggested that the homemade products were effective. Also, 68.3% of the pins promoting DIY sunscreens did not ensure appropriate protection against ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Furthermore, they noted that a third of the posts featuring recipes for homemade sunscreen claimed specific sun protection factor (SPF) rankings, of anywhere from SPF 2–50. This the researchers warned that such claims can be misleading. According to them, the ingredients featured in those recipes offer minimal protection against UV radiation.
The study paper read,
“Social media has become a powerful tool for sharing health information. Yet it becomes dangerous when the information shared isn‘t accurate or complete.”
Homemade sunscreens products do not get tested by specialists or regulated like the commercial ones. This makes it risky as it is difficult to determine if it’s safe or effective against UV rays.
Having “a history of sunburns, especially early in life,” can increase the risk of developing skin cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made this statement. Thus, it is important to wear tested and proven sunscreen. Opt for a sunscreen with an SPF factor 30 or higher and water- resistant.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]