DEET isn’t neat, not if you’re green, and not in sunscreen. DEET based products may be potentially harmful to the nervous system as well as to the environment. There is consideration as new studies out of Canada show that DEET, mixed with sunscreen, can actually increase the absorption of the man-made chemical into human skin. Speeding up the absorption rate of the product applied, in layman's terms, means you will potentially increase your amount of exposure to an unnatural, chemically-engineered product, that hasn’t been proven not to cause cancer. Some studies have appeared to conclude that the addition of DEET actually lessens the effectiveness of the sunscreen making the product not only threatening, but also, useless.
Failure to Regulate
More than 20 versions of sunscreen/insect repellent combos are currently available on the market. Unfortunately, since the FDA regulates sunscreen, while the EPA regulates insect repellent, neither agency is fully responsible for the combo products. How can you be sure that preventative testing for health or batch testing for quality has been conducted for a product that isn’t regulated? Why would you even want to take the risk of using it if it may be harmful?
A Better Recipe
When it comes to absorbing anything through your skin, it’s definitely a better option to go all-natural. The skin is the largest organ of the human body. You should always be careful of what you let your skin absorb. Harmful products can lead to deformities, rashes, cancer, and other unwanted symptoms. Wearing natural sunscreens like those that are SPF-rated mineral sunscreens with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as the active ingredients are a great alternative. Using No No-See-Um Natural Insect Repellent to battle the bugs for you, may just put your mind at ease that you aren’t forcing your body to absorb and process potentially harmful chemicals. If you’re making a fire and you find a stick on the ground, you can use it as is. There is no need to engineer a stick when you have one already. So then, why engineer a product if nature has already handed it to you? No No-See-Um Natural Insect Repellent embraces the Earth and its natural gifts and utilizes them in their pure, natural, non engineered, wonderful form of existence.