There are hundreds of sunblock lotions on the market. Sounds great, until it’s time to choose a good one. Here is a list of ingredients to avoid…
What to avoid?
Oxybenzone – penetrates skin in large amounts (in a European study, nursing mothers who used sunscreens with Oxybenzone, had this chemical found in their breast milk), and experts caution against using it in children as they have a larger surface area per body weight than adults. It is a potential hormone disruptor.
Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate) – Vitamin A in food is a great thing, but who would think that spreading vitamin A on skin is not cool at all! New research shows that tumors develop sooner on skin coated with sunscreens containing this ingredient. Beware!
Avoid sunscreens that list fragrance as an ingredient. Fragrance contains phthalates - a widely-used chemical linked to reproductive birth defects, hormonal changes in baby boys, asthma and skin allergies in kids, obesity and insulin resistance in men which can lead to Type 2 diabetes. So, stay away from fragrance!!!!
Avoid sprays or powders as airborne particles may be harmful if ingested.
What to look for?
Look for active ingredients like Zinc or Titanium but if you don’t like the smell of minerals and decide to go with a non-mineral protection, look for Avobenzone or Mexoryl SX. Buying products with these substances protects skin from harmful UVA radiation and does not penetrate into the bloodstream. Go for a broad-spectrum protection, water resistant sunscreen creams with SPF 30+.
Now go and enjoy some sun!!! We all need some Vitamin D.
Keep it pure!