Summer is upon us, most of us will be lathering up our skin with sunscreens to avoid premature aging, skin cancer and painful sunburns. However, as essential as sunscreen is, the ingredients should not be irritating or spiking allergies. The sunscreen sprays have alarming labels such as don’t inhale. Ingredients in our skin care products should not be harmful to our bodies,: the inside and the out.
Sunscreen protects our skin from the sun with a mineral or chemical barrier. Chemical sunscreens have ingredients like oxybenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, octinoxate, homosalate, and avobenzone. EWG (Environmental Working Group) uncovers that these chemicals are endocrine disruptors! They can interfere with thyroid as well as other hormone processes. Oxybenzone is an endocrine disruptor, and the EWG warns against oxybenzone.
There are safer options like mineral sunscreen but they also contain chemical ingredients that have the same risk disrupting some hormone processes in the body.
The safest ingredient to use is zinc oxide-only sunscreens.
The other thing to be mindful of is not to use old sunscreen. Every year you should be getting new sunscreen. Sunscreen, natural and chemical laden, is sensitive to breaking down when sitting in the sun or heat for a long time. Think about it, you're at the beach and you leave your bottle of sunscreen in the baking sun. This will cause the product to begin to lose it's integrity. Leaving sunscreen or any skin care product in a hot car to keep your skin care products is not a good idea either. Keep your sunscreen on ice when you're visiting the beach or in a hot car. No, really! Keep it in your cooler.
We've been asked to make sunscreens and to do it right AND naturally requires a lot of testing. The best place to research the least toxic sunscreens is at Environmental Working Group.
Check out The EWG’s article on the trouble with the ingredients in sunscreens for more information!