THE IRONY OF SUNSCREEN

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It has been HOT here in SoCal and I have found myself slathering on the sunscreen more then usual so I thought a sunscreen awareness post would be appropriate. Here is the deal with sunscreen and why I have so many problems with what is offered and promoted on the market these days, the truth is that about 95% of sunscreens you will see on the shelf at Target are not good for you and contain harmful chemicals that you don’t want absorbing into your body! Now most people are confused by this as that sunscreen is supposed to PREVENT skin cancer, not cause possible other illnesses so how does this make sense at all?? It doesn’t make sense and is a huge contradiction, as many things are in this industry unfortunately. But don’t fret free birds, I’m going to show you the ingredients to watch out for and some amazing healthier options for you and you fam so you can be ready for worry free fun in the sun!

The big difference between mineral and chemical sunscreens are that mineral sunscreens REFLECT UV rays while chemical sunscreens ABSORB UV rays, no good!! The most widely used chemical used in sunscreens is Oxybenzone. The simplest way to describe this is that it’s a chemical filter. EWG (Environmental Working Group) states that sunscreens will have two different forms of active ingredients, chemical and mineral filters and the most common on the market will contain chemicals (oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate). Oxybenzone and Octinate rate the highest on EWG with a score of 8, which means they are the most toxic, and the most used. How does that make sense? Both of these toxic ingredients are detected in nearly every American and has been found in breast milk. they both are known to be hormone disruptors, associated with endometriosis in women as well as high skin allergy connections. Another issue that comes with sunscreen is whether it’s non-nano or not. The main concern with nano particles is that they can be absorbed easier than coarser particles and generate free radicals as well, particles that are 100nm or larger are considered safer and will be labeled non-nano. Non-nano mineral sunscreens are always going to leave you with some type of white residue or film, and remember that mineral sunscreens need to be re-applied more often since they don’t absorb into your skin (which is a good thing). You can find more information on sunscreen chemicals on http://www.ewg.org, they have an amazing healthy sunscreen guide as well. The good news is that there are much safer alternatives out there that I have personally tried, love and use everyday! Yes free birds, you should be wearing sunscreen everyday!! 🙂
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Beautycounter Protect All Over & Face Sunscreen SPF 30: I absolutely adore these sunscreens. These are the first safe sunscreens that I have tried that do not leave a heavy white residue. ! Beautycounter uses a mix of zinc and titanium dioxide along with a gorgeous mix of aloe and citrus oils which make for an extremely moisturizing sunscreen. For the face they steer clear of so much oils and use flower extracts instead so your face doesn’t feel like a grease pit. It really makes a great base for makeup! Retail: $26 http://www.laurenvanloo.beautycounter.com EWG RATING:1

Suntegrity 5 in 1 Face Sunscreen: If you want a super safe convenient tinted moisturizer packed with a super safe sunscreen this is the way to go! This is a BB cream that treats, hydrates, protects, primes and covers all with a safe SPF 30. This lil gem is free of parabens, mineral oil, nano-particles, sulfates, fragrance or any chemical UV absorbers. It comes in five convenient shades and this really is all you need in the morning. You get coverage and protection and I pretty much use this everyday, it’s amazing. Retail: $45 http://www.suntegrityskincare.com EWG RATING:1

Badger SPF 30 Baby Sunscreen Cream: This is is the sunscreen I use faithfully on my babies. It’s super thick and leaves a very noticeable heavy white film but it’s broad spectrum, non-nano, water resistant for 40 minutes, and they use an organic base of sunflower oil, beeswax and vitamin e. I used this all throughout swimming lessons last year and it did not fail me once. Retail: $15.99 http://www.badgerbalm.com EWG RATING:1

So these are the sunscreens that I use everyday faithfully, but there are actually some really great options coming into play and more widely available to us consumers which is amazing. So let’s go over what we want in a SAFE sunscreen: no parabens, non-nano, mineral base, broad spectrum. Remember to re-apply and don’t forget your hands, feet and neck!! You can prevent some serious aging by protecting those areas everyday!!

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