Is your sunscreen
making you sick?

More than 59% are HIGH HAZARD or NOT EFFECTIVE or both

LESS THAN 20% are 'low hazard'

These are just 2 of the findings of the Environmental Working Group's analysis of the ingredients of 600 name-brand sunscreens.

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In this 45 min video Dr Edward Gorham M.P.H., Ph.D of the University of California, San Diego reveals several facts about sunscreens that are directly opposite to what we have all been led to believe!

Don't have the time? His key points...

  • skin cancer (melanoma) is most common where there is little sunshine and people live indoors
  • the use of large amounts of UVB blocking sunscreens causes high rates of melanoma
  • the most important source of vitamin D is sunlight and vitamin D inhibits the growth of melanoma by 60%
  • deep penetrating UVA light is the main cause of malignant melanoma
  • most chemical filters in sunscreens absorb UVB but not UVA so they do more harm than good by reducing vitamin D and increasing cancer risk

Lets summarize this...

  • block UVA exposure to reduce melanoma risk
  • maximize UVB, without burning, to maximise vitamin D

How can this be done?

Read on to discover in this full free report... exactly how to get all the benefits of health giving sunlight safely and effectively.

You may be one of the few people who know that...

'most sunscreens contain toxins'

...that not only damage your skin but actually make you sicker each and every time you use them.

But most of us don't!

How is that possible?

In a phrase... 'clever marketing' aimed at obscuring the truth and presenting you with the perception you are buying health and safety when in fact you're getting...

sickness and danger

We are all told to 'read the label' but when you're on the receiving end of this curve ball... 'Monoethanolamine' (being just one of hundreds) your reaction is probably the same as most of us... huh?

(By the way, that 'M' word up there is a 'pH stabilizer' commonly used in sunscreens. It also happens to form nitrosamines on the skin which are toxic skin irritants and potentially carcinogenic)

But here's the good news...

You are not only about to discover the truth but also how to avoid the 'M' words and find the good ones. You'll discover...

the 16 sunscreen ingredients to avoid at all costs

Just follow the guidelines you'll read here and you'll discover the simple truth that...

'you don't have to destroy your skin with chemicals to avoid getting burnt by the sun'

You'll also discover the...

9 questions you should ask before buying a sunscreen


21 common health problems and 1 free solution

You can forget the myths, misconceptions and lies and discover how to protect and repair damaged skin and reverse some results of aging using all natural ingredients... you can get all the benefits of health giving sunlight and nourish and enrich your skin...

without fear of

UVB induced sunburn

or deep level

UVA induced skin damage

If you take the action I suggest, you will reverse the damage already done and your skin will get younger in the months to come. The fact is...

you need sunlight AND protection from it!

How can that be?

Think of food or even water... too little or too much of either and you get sick!

Even if you read no further always remember these two things...

  • avoid the sun at your PERIL
  • what NEVER to put on your skin

OK, lets start with why you need the sun and those '21 common health problems and the 1 free solution' I mentioned earlier. You've probably guessed by now what the 1 free solution is...


Because it is the most important and only really effective source of vitamin D (otherwise known as 'calciferol'). We've all heard of this vital nutrient but did you know that it is more correctly referred to as a hormone?

health problems can result from a level of vitamin D that has sunk too low?

Here are just 21 of dozens more (if 21 doesn't scare you into ensuring you get enough sunlight then I guess nothing will!)...

  • osteoporosis
  • osteoarthritis
  • high blood pressure
  • tuberculosis
  • depression (including seasonal affective disorder)
  • diabetes
  • epilepsy
  • migraine headaches
  • polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • periodontal disease
  • low blood calcium levels
  • chronic bone, muscle or joint pain
  • chronic fatigue
  • bowed limbs
  • knock-kneed appearance
  • cardiovascular disease
  • metabolic syndrome
  • autoimmune diseases
  • breast cancer
  • prostate cancer
  • colon cancer

...countless research papers from the top research institutions provide irrefutable evidence of this.

Research continues to reveal more and more benefits of this extraordinary free substance. (If the science interests you I'll show you how to get access to these papers a little later).

That's enough on this. It can't be more clear that... we all need sunlight for health and life itself.


  • avoid the sun at your peril!

Now, what about the 2nd vital thing to remember...

  • what never to put on your skin?

Lets start with the 16 ingredients to avoid at all costs I mentioned earlier. After reading the list that follows I hope it'll make more sense to you when you 'read the label' in the future!...

The most widely used sunscreen ingredient, has estrogenic effects (gender bending) noted in laboratory animals as well as disruption of thyroid hormone and brain signaling.

Associated with photo allergic reactions. This chemical absorbs through the skin in significant amounts. It contaminates the bodies of 97% of Americans according to Centers for Disease Control research. Two recent studies highlight widespread exposure to this common sunscreen chemical, and associate concentrations of it in pregnant women to lower birth weight in their daughters (ref. Calafat 2008, Wolff 2008).

Sunlight causes this unstable ingredient to break down into harmful chemicals, especially in the presence of another active, Octinoxate (see above).

It produces oxygen radicals (cancer causing) when exposed to UV light.

Research indicates it is a hormone disruptor, forms toxic metabolites, and can enhance the penetration of some toxic herbicides.

Known to produce free radicals when exposed to sunlight, leading to damage of DNA, this UVB protector may have the potential to cause cancer.

PEG (polyethylene glycol), polysorbates, ethoxylated alcohol
Are all potent carcinogens containing dioxane (one of the most potent toxins known to man).

Dermatitis, kidney and liver abnormalities, prevents skin growth, causes irritation.

SODIUM LAUREL, lauryl sulfate, or sodium laureth sulfate
When combined with other chemicals, it becomes nitrosamine, a powerful cancer-causing agent; penetrates your skin’s moisture barrier, thereby allowing in other dangerous chemicals.

These 'endocrine disruptors' are gender-bending chemicals which mimic estrogen, upset hormonal balance, and can cause various reproductive cancers in both men and women.

A derivative of the once-popular PABA sunscreen ingredient, research shows this chemical releases free radicals, damages DNA, has estrogenic activity, and causes allergic reactions in some people. Causes genetic mutation when exposed to sunlight.

Also called benzoic, benzyl, or butylated hydroxtoluene, it can cause anemia, low blood cell count, liver and kidney damage, birth defects.

Circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma, death from respiratory failure.

Can cause breast cancer.

Coats skin like plastic and clogs pores, trapping in toxins, slows skin cell growth, disrupts normal hormone function, suspected of causing cancer. Robs bones and nervous system of magnesium. Being petrochemicals they can have estrogenic effects. They absorb the oil soluble vitamins A, D, E & K from the body which are then excreted, thereby depleting the body of vital nutrients.

 FDA approved use of this UVA-absorbing agent in 2006. 2 hours of sunlight can degrade as much as 40% thereby leaving you without protection.

There are others... Octyl salicyclate, Cinoxate, Dioxybenzone, Sulisobenzone, Menthyl anthranilate, Trolamine salicyclate and more...

But lets leave it there. Just remember to...

read the label!

But if they are so harmful why are they used?

Good question! Although full answers require too much detail for this letter, if you follow through with my suggestions below you'll get all the detail you could need in the days and weeks ahead.

Now let me give you the short answer... because they are CHEAP!

A quick primer on Skin Safety...

  • More than 1 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with non-malignant skin cancer each year and 6% of these develop malignant melanoma according to the NCI.

  • Approximately 5% of the solar light reaching the Earth consists of UV rays. Most of this light is skin-penetrating UVA radiation. This is what causes the real damage.

  • However, UVB, the fraction that causes sunburn, makes up just 4% of this UV light. More importantly it is UVB that generates vitamin D which protects against cancer.

  • A third fraction, UVC, is filtered out by the atmosphere (ref. Diffey 2002).
UV raysUV Rays and the skin

UV light can break the chemical bonds of skin cells, including bonds in DNA, enzymes, and proteins (ref. Burren 1998; Kielbassa 1997; Kvam 1997; Wenczl 1998; Young 1998).

This kills cells directly, causes cancerous cell growth, inhibits the bodies' anti-cancer defenses and does other damage to skin cells (ref. Dalle Carbonare 1992; Herrling 2002; Scharffetter-Kochanek 1997; Vile 1995).

For years the sunscreen industry has focused on UVB, the light that causes sunburn. The SPF test is designed to measure the UVB protection of a sunscreen, but not the UVA.

UVA, however, penetrates deeper into the skin than UVB, thereby reaching the fragile subcutaneous tissue, and creates harmful free radicals when it interacts with certain chemicals in the skin.

UVA induced stress leads to immune suppression (ref. Bestak 1995; Damian 1997; Iwai 1999; Moyal 1997). Naturally occurring chemicals have been linked to tumor formation (ref. Le Panse 2003; Bachelor 2004) after interacting with UVA which also increases skin sensitivity for people taking antibiotics, hormonal contraceptives and other pharmaceuticals (ref. Gould 1995; Ferguson 1995).

UVA damage occurs before any visible sunburn and is increasingly being recognised as the major contributor to UV related skin damage and aging.

This shift in our understanding of UV related skin damage points to the complete inadequacy of most sunscreens as they may effectively shield skin from UVB rays, but leave users vulnerable to UVA damage.

What NOT to put on your skin

Here are a few other reasons to be concerned about what you put on your skin...

Most people trust that the claims on the bottle will ensure that the product truly protects their health. Nothing could be less certain.

Here's why... Less than 20% of the 600+ products analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) met basic criteria for both safety and effectiveness. Many products lack UVA protection. Many sunscreen ingredients break down in the sun in a matter of minutes or hours, and then let UV radiation through to the skin.

Many high SPF sunscreens provide less than half the protection you need.

When you buy a high-SPF sunscreen before heading for the beach or the mountains you, quite reasonably, assume you've purchased a product that will give you high sun protection. Its true that many high SPF ('Sun Protection Factor') products will protect you from sunburn, caused by the suns' UVB rays, but it's also true that very few of these these products block UVA rays, the more deeply penetrating radiation linked to skin aging and wrinkling, immune system suppression, and possibly skin cancer. The FDA does not require companies to provide UVA protection in sunscreen.

Some sunscreens break down quickly in the sun and become ineffective.

Several of the 17 'active ingredients' the FDA has approved for use as sunscreens in the US break down when they are exposed to sunlight. They lose their ability to absorb the sun's harmful rays, and stop working effectively in as little as 30 minutes. Almost all the 'chemical blockers' (as opposed to the 'physical blockers' zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) work by absorbing the sun's energy and then releasing it by breaking down. In doing so they react with other chemicals in the sunscreen, often producing dangerous free radicals. Manufacturers are not required to produce stable products. The EWG's analysis showed that 44% of them contained ingredients known to break down.

Questionable product claims are widespread.

Many products on the market bear claims that are considered 'unacceptable' or misleading under FDA's draft sunscreen safety standards. Claims like "all day protection," "mild as water," and "blocks all harmful rays" are untrue, yet are common.

4 out of 5 sunscreens offer inadequate protection, or contain ingredients with significant safety concerns.

This was the finding of the investigation of over 600 name-brand sunscreens carried out by the EWG. Many leading brands were the worst offenders! The study covered ingredients in thousands of products and utilized 50 toxicity and regulatory databases, making it the largest integrated data resource of its kind. The FDA doesn't require companies to test their own products for safety.

Chemical sunscreens have three primary defects:

  • They are powerful free radical generators
  • They often have strong estrogenic activity
  • They are synthetic chemicals that are alien to the human body and accumulate in body fat stores

The analysis of the ingredients in the name-brand sunscreens showed...

  • fewer than 1 in 5 to be both 'effective' and 'low hazard'
  • more than 59% to be 'high hazard' or 'ineffective'

Makes you think! Makes me angry! (for the EWG's research references click here to open a new window).

OK, that's enough of the bad news....

What about the good news I promised earlier?

Is there a way to spend time in the sun to get the full benefits of Vitamin D and get protection from its harmful effects?

Is there a formulation that fulfills these 4 essential requirements...

  • high protection from UVA rays
  • enough protection from UVB rays to prevent burning but allow vitamin D production
  • contains no harmful or dangerous ingredients
  • is loaded with antioxidants and other active ingredients that nourish your skin and protect against free radical damage


Before I answer, first an introduction...

Hello, I'm Sue Ingram and I've lived most of my life in Africa. I have a love of the outdoors, and sunshine.

Africa gets a lot of sunshine!

My dual interests in health and the environment led me to research the benefits of natural and organic products and because of my love of the outdoors I focused on sun protection.

Let me tell you what we've been doing for the past 2+ years (I say 'we' as I've been working with 5 independent laboratories, 3 biochemists, 2 photo biologists, and several technical and field researchers)...

This statement encapsulates the principles that have guided my research...

'To produce a sunscreen that provides...

  • effective, stable, high level protection against both UVA and UVB light
  • protection against free radical damage and atmospheric toxins
  • active natural nutrients to reverse the effects of damage and ensure against future damage
  • that every ingredient provides a clear and direct benefit and is not merely a 'filler' or included to 'look good' in the ingredients list

The second bullet above is a favorite of mine! Here's why...

The cutaneous antioxidant system is complex, interlinked and operates as a network. Because of this, an enhanced photo protective effect can be obtained by applying appropriate combinations of antioxidants. These combinations act synergistically. This has been a prime focus of our research... find natural ingredients that are also effective.

The discovery of a unique combination of plant extracts is the key 'hidden secret' to being able to substitute these 'botanicals' for the harmful chemical filters found in almost all sunscreens sold today.

What you've just read in the paragraph above is what makes this brand new sunscreen formula truly unique.

We decided to call it...


...which is another way of saying 'sun shade'.

The first of a small and exclusive range of products focused on sun protection is...

  • 5 Star rated (UVA)
  • SPF30+ (UVB)
  • high protection full spectrum
  • water resistant

I'll be giving you more detail about the synergistic action described above together with a complete disclosure of the magical natural ingredients our 2 years of research have lead us to, such as...

  • the 2 completely grease free oils
  • the unique PEG-free organic emulsifier from Olive oil
  • the aloe extract that is like aloe vera on steroids
  • the unique antioxidant aspalathin
  • a tea extract recently discovered to be 'natures alternative to sunscreen'
  • a plant extract known to biochemists as 'the enzyme of life'
  • an antioxidant over 100 times as effective as vitamin E

...and many more. Good enough to eat? Maybe. It also contains...

  • no chemical filters
  • no dangerous preservatives
  • no mineral oils
  • no colorants
  • no added fragrance
  • no titanium dioxide
  • and is pH balanced

Oh, and did I tell you that the ratios used throughout the formulation have been guided by a magic number variously called the 'golden mean' and 'divine proportion' or more succinctly 'phi' after the architect Phidias who designed the Parthenon?

What has this got to do with formulating a sunscreen?

Well, in keeping with my core philosophy of 'keeping it natural'... the natural world is loaded with formations governed by this magic number... ferns, broccoli, river networks, blood vessels, coastlines and you, to name a few.

None of us fully understand its power. Best to respect it.

The fact is it has worked to produce a uniquely effective product.

Now, you may be asking...

'Why not just show me the BUY NOW button?'

Well, there is one very good reason...

It's very important to me to offer sunumbra™ at the best possible value to you, so here's a pre-summer...

Special offer...

Copy this 50% coupon which is valid for a limited pre-summer period only...


...then click the 'Add to Cart' button below (a new window will open so you won't lose this page) and paste the coupon in the field provided...

buy sunumbra

Many thanks for reading and... get out in the sun, but with the right protection!

If you're in need of more information here are all the details of the magic ingredients you'll find in sunumbra™...

Caprylic Capric triglycerides

These oils are 'medium chain triglycerides' extracted from coconut oil. They are colorless and neutral in odour and taste. Their benefits include:

  • low viscosity and thus excellent skin penetration enables effective transport of nutrients to deeper layers of the skin
  • does not leave a greasy film
  • helps to retain moisture in the skin
  • anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties
  • water resistance
  • spreads very easily and evenly on the skin
  • shelf life over two years due to saturated fatty acid stability, high resistance to oxidation and polymerization

De-ionized water

De-ionization is the industry standard for water purification.

Zinc oxide dimethicone

Zinc oxide has broad-spectrum UV attenuation properties due to its light absorbing and reflecting capabilities. It is particularly recommended for daily care and children's products due to its healing properties. Compared to titanium dioxide, zinc oxide provides additional UVA protection without the potentially harmful effects. The micronized grade zinc oxide in sunumbra™ has a hydrophobic coating of a silicone derivative called dimethicone. This gives it water resistance. It is fully compliant with current USP requirements. Zinc oxide is known for its skin compatibility since it is used as a skin protectant. It has anti-microbial properties and is non toxic.

Sorbitan olivate

A unique natural PEG-free organic emulsifier from Olive oil. It reduces skin water loss, has a high moisturizing effect, is hypoallergenic and biomimics the skin. In addition, thanks to its skin compatibility, the zinc oxide particles captured by this unique grade of sorbitan olivate are more firmly attached to the hydrolipidic film where they can resist the washing action resulting from water sport activities. This unique property comes from a new technology which re-balances the original fatty acid chains distribution. The homogeneous dispersion of the physical filters over the skin provides more complete protection for the skin against both UVA and UVB rays.


Is natural, safe, non-toxic and meets both CTFA and JSCI requirements. It has many beneficial qualities and uses including:

  • skin moisturizing and softening
  • increasing the water content of the extracellular matrix
  • enhancing the shedding of upper layers of dead skin cells thereby increasing skin smoothness
  • promotion of cell proliferation and wound healing
  • a soothing, anti-irritant, and skin protective effect
  • healing of scalds, burns and sunburns
  • counters impetigo, eczema, psoriasis

Kigelia extract

Kigelia is found in sub-Saharan Africa, where it is known as the “Sausage tree” (owing to the size and shape of the fruit). The grade of kigelia used in sunumbra™ is an ethanolic extract that has undergone a process of ion exchange, concentration and drying. It contains no preservatives or colorants. Kigelia works in many ways including:

  • reduction of damage from prolonged exposure to sunlight
  • slowing the over production of skin cells which cause irritations including psoriasis and eczema
  • provision of an anti-bacterial/anti-fungal effect against micro-organisms
  • strong antioxidants reduce lines and leave skin toned and vibrant
  • promotion of skin elasticity, creating a firmer, smoother complexion
  • effective relief from inflammation and irritation

Scientific literature suggests these properties are due to the presence of numerous secondary metabolites, which include naphthquinones, iridoids, coumarines and flavonoids among others. Research undertaken at the Frieburg Institute of Cancer Research and Kings College, London, has indicated positive results with cancerous sun spots. Kigelia is gaining international medical recognition as a potential cure for basal-cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer associated with aging and prolonged sun exposure.

Aloe ferox extract

This has been called "a pharmacy in a plant". It has been part of the traditional healing practices of the KhoiSan peoples of Southern Africa for centuries. It is found only in the Cape Province of South Africa. A gel that drains from the leaves when cut provides countless benefits including:

  • prevention of the death of burn tissue
  • protection of the skin from drying
  • reduction of the formation of wrinkles
  • improvement of skin elasticity
  • reduction of liver spots
  • natural anti-inflammatory
  • promotion of skin regeneration
  • healing of chafed and chapped skin
  • prevention and healing of bed sores
  • wound healing
  • immune system stimulation
  • anti-tumor activity
  • anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and antifungal actions

In the treatment of burn wounds it relieves pain and increases blood supply by inhibiting the synthesis of thromboxane A2, a potent vasoconstrictor. It delays the inflammatory response and speeds up recovery time. Primary constituents: glucomannoglycan polysaccharides containing acetylated monosaccharides, acemannan and glucomannan, amino acids, salicylic acid, lignin, saponins and sterols, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), enzymes, vitamins and minerals.

Scientific tests comparing Aloe ferox and Aloe vera were performed at the Kirstenbosch Botanical research laboratories in Cape Town, South Africa. These showed:

  • the amino acid content of Aloe ferox is almost double that of Aloe vera
  • Aloe ferox contains a higher concentration of minerals than Aloe vera

Aloe ferox is bactericidal to a variety of common wound infecting bacteria. It has been shown to be fungicidal to Candida albicans responsible for yeast infections of the mucous membranes and for infections such as athlete's foot and candidiasis (thrush).

Aloe ferox penetrates through the surface of the skin thus hydrating it whilst forming a cover preventing the escape of moisture. It also increases oxygen supply as a result of increased blood flow and stimulates fibroblast activity and collagen proliferation essential for skin tissue regeneration.

Aloe ferox reduces photo aging by restoring the activity of epidermal cells reduced by UV exposure.

Aloe ferox grows wild and no pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers are used. The leaves are harvested sustainably. The plant is not harmed or destroyed and the cycle of growth begins again from the original plant.

Green rooibos extract

The polyphenols in green rooibos act as a natural sunscreen. The most important active substance in it is the unique flavonoid aspalathin which binds to cancer causing 'free radicals' before they cause any harm. It has many other beneficial properties:

  • protects skin from oxidative stress (anti-aging effect)
  • protects from skin problems such as acne and eczema
  • enhances after sun recovery
  • reduces effects of certain allergies
  • anti-carcinogenic and anti-mutagenic

Laboratory studies have found green Rooibos contains polyphenol antioxidants (monomeric flavonoids aspalathin, nothofagin, quercetin, rutin, isoquercitrin, orientin, isoorientin, luteolin, vitexin, isovitexin, and chrysoeriol), flavonoids and phenolic acids that are potent free radical scavengers. The extract is also rich in beneficial trace elements and minerals.

The unfermented green rooibos in sunumbra™ was developed to maximize antioxidant levels. It is a unique natural extract with a polyphenol content over 25%. The rooibos is collected from the mountainsides of the southern Cape region of South Africa and taken directly to drying facilities, thereby “freezing” any enzymatic action. This ensures no fermentation and subsequent loss of antioxidant value. Special harvesting and gentle processing techniques are required to guarantee the complete spectrum of active ingredients in the extract.

Black tea extract

This has been called a 'natural alternative to sunscreen'. Black tea absorbs UVB (enhancing the SPF of sunumbra™) but not all UVA rays so its primary function is to reduce burning. The extract's protective qualities are:

  • prevention of skin damage and sunburn by absorbing UVB rays
  • repairing of UV induced damage to the skin cells

This twofold capability is not provided by conventional chemical sunscreens that only block the UVB rays by absorption. In addition black tea extract has no known toxicological side effects. Its skin repair properties are due to its antioxidant components. A large body of scientific literature indicates that black tea extract helps repair UV induced skin damage by repairing DNA damage inside the skin cells.

Broccoli sprout extract

'Sulforaphane' is the active component of this botanical. Research at Johns Hopkins University examined the effects of sulforaphane on UV-induced erythema (sun burn). The results showed it gave effective protection against UV radiation damage, and thus potentially against cancer, when applied topically. The extract of sulforaphane is not a sunscreen as such. Unlike chemical sunscreens, it does not absorb UV light. Rather, the extract works inside cells by boosting the production of a network of protective enzymes that defend against UV damage. Consequently, the effects are long-lasting. The protection lasts for several days, even after the extract is no longer present on or in the skin.

Sulforaphane is an anti-cancer and anti-microbial compound that can be obtained by eating cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli. The enzyme myrosinase transforms glucoraphanin (a glucosinolate) into sulforaphane. The young sprouts of broccoli are particularly rich in glucoraphanin. As skin cancer incidence is rising dramatically the John Hopkins research team says that "treatment with this broccoli sprout extract is a protective measure that alleviates the skin damage caused by UV radiation and thereby decreases our long-term risk of developing cancer." They also pointed out that conventional 'chemical filter' sunscreens were essentially ineffective in these tests.

Cape chamomile oil

The oil is distinctive for its striking deep blue color due to the presence of azulenic compounds. It is these that provide the powerful anti-inflammatory properties for skin ailments. It is largely composed of fragrant esters, most significantly: 2-methylpropyl 2-methylpropionate, 2-methylbutyl 2-methylpropionate and linalyl acetate. The oil's properties and uses are manifold and include:

  • anti-inflammatory and soothing, so helps with sunburn, infected cuts and wounds, insect bites
  • anti-allergenic and anti-septic
  • all types of skin problems especially sensitive areas that tend to become inflamed including eczema

The mild natural fragrance of sunumbra™ is largely due to its Cape chamomile and green rooibos components.

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