Updated: Aug 1
On such hot and sunny days, we need to stay protected, especially our faces where our skin is most delicate.
When looking for a healthy sunscreen, Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide are two active sunscreen ingredients that are generally recognized as safe and effective by the FDA.
Watch out for ingredients like Oxybenzone, a chemical sunscreen ingredient that’s made from petroleum and used in 70 percent of sunscreens.
Here are some more ingredients to steer clear of:
Octinoxate (A.K.A. octyl methoxycinnamate)
Avobenzone, Retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, or retinol)
PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid)
Some of these are considered endocrine disruptors that may mimic and interfere with your hormones. These ingredients can be absorbed through the skin, our largest organ, and enter the bloodstream.
The cream versions are safer than the sprays, providing more protection, often with healthier ingredients and less irritants. In fact, although sprays are so convenient and easy, Consumer Reports has recommended that parent's should not use aerosol sunscreen on their children because inhaling the ingredients could cause lung irritation and bring on asthma attacks.
Here is a link to a post on safer sunscreens to try and toxic ones to avoid, based on the Environmental Worker's Group's recommendations.
(EWG is a non profit organization that rates many health, beauty, and personal care products to protect public health.)
Have fun in the sun, just keep protected naturally.
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