Sun creams: if exposed to chlorine they can release toxic substances

Sun creams, once again under accusation due to the chemical components with which they are made. Russian research claims that protections containing Avobenzone can become toxic when exposed to chlorine.

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Sun creams, once again under accusation because of the chemical components with which they are made. A Russian research claims that the protections that contain Avobenzone they can become toxic if in contact with chlorine.

The study, conducted by Lomonosov Moscow State University and published in the journal Chemosphere, concluded that the sunscreens exposed to chlorine can become dangerous for our health. In particular, it would be Avobenzone that in contact with chlorine, with which swimming pools are commonly disinfected, would disintegrate, creating toxic substances that in the long run can cause renal and hepatic dysfunctions but also disorders of the nervous system.

Scientists in their experiments, carried out using color spectrometry, simulated the real situation in which sunscreens are applied to swimmers' skin. The chemists thus discovered that avobenzone breaks down on contact with chlorinated water (presumably the break occurs on humid human skin) forming organic compounds belonging to the classes of aromatic acids and aldehydes, phenols and acetyl benzenes. Phenols and chlorinated acetyl benzides are the most toxic products.

THEAvobenzone it is a chemical compound capable of absorbing ultraviolet light and for this reason used as an ingredient for sun creams. This is the most popular UV filter in the world. Perhaps after this research, however, it will be thought of replacing it with something else. As Dr. Albert Lebedev, author of the study:

“Based on the experiments it could be concluded that a generally safe compound turns into water and creates dangerous substances. Although there are no precise toxicological profiles for the more consolidated products, it is known that acetylbenzenes and phenols, especially chlorinated ones, are quite toxic "

Scientists are now looking for a suitable alternative to avobenzone, a different substance that does not have the disadvantage of "breaking" in contact with chlorine.

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As we have already done several times, we recommend again to buy sun creams with good Inci and organic. Also remember to choose the degree of protection suitable for your phototype and never expose yourself in the hottest hours of the day.

The sun is good but only if taken consciously!

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