With summer fast approaching I'm starting to make sure we have all our swim suits, beach towels, sand toys, sunglasses and of course sunscreen all stocked and ready for the park and pool. Each of my kids have their own sun hats and sunglasses that I will have them wear when we're in the direct sun for a longer period of time.
So let's talk sunscreen. I want to share why it's so important to buy safer sunscreen without the chemicals. Sunscreen is applied all over the body, reapplied several times, and used heavily for several months out of the year, especially on young developing bodies.
Sunscreen is absorbed into our bodies and can get into our bloodstream and even breastmilk. Sunscreen sprays can also be inhaled, which can cause damage or irritation to lungs.
There are two different types of sunscreen: chemical and mineral/physical. The most common type of sunscreen is chemical sunscreen that uses SPF filters that absorb and scatter sun rays. According to the EWG, common chemical sunscreens contain oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate. The effects on the human body of these ingredients are scary, and you can read more info on EWG's helpful chart.
According to EWG's sunscreen guide, oxybenzone can act like estrogen in the body, alter sperm production in animals and is associated with endometriosis in women. Homosalate disrupts estrogen, androgen and progesterone. As a woman with PCOS that has been through infertility and a miscarriage, this sickens me that these ingredients are allowed in products- especially products we slather all over our skin, our kids and babies, and use while pregnant or nursing. Although more research is needed, these chemicals can also cause mutagenic change in our skin when exposed to the sun's rays.
Mineral or physical sunscreens use zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to act as physical barriers to sun rays, meaning they are layered on our skin surface and reflect or bounce the sun's rays. Zinc and Titanium dioxide are in the form of nanoparticles and it's found that little to none penetrates the skin.
So here are my top brands!
I'm a little biased as a consultant;) but I believe we offer the best as far as safety, performance and form of sunscreen- they just came out with a new sunscreen spray! Beautycounter sunscreen also goes on smooth and doesn't make us look white or pasty; it's the only sunscreen my husband will use. Beautycounter sunscreen scored a 1 on EWG (1-10 scale with 1 being safest)
Beautycounter has two sunscreen lines. A Broad Spectrum Protect all Over Sunscreen and the new line just released (available for pre-sale at time of this blog post) is called Countersun Mineral Sunscreen in lotion, spray and stick form. It protects against UVB, UVA and Blue light. UVB rays are the burning rays that lead to sunburn. Just five sunburns at any age doubles one’s risk for melanoma according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. UVA rays cause free radical damage but don't cause a sunburn so you don't realize damage is occurring. And Blue light is everywhere- not just from technology.
The Countersun Sunscreen is lightweight, water resistant and made with non-nano zinc and antioxidant rich California Poppy, an antioxidant rich skin conditioning agent used to reinforce skin's defense against oxidation. It provides a shield against sun rays and blends evenly into skin.
Chemicals such as octinoxate or oxybenxone are on the Beautycounter Never List. The Countersun spray is air powered so it doesn't spray harmful propellant chemicals into the atmosphere or our skin and lungs. Beautycounter goes a step further and evaluates the particle size of the non-nano zinc oxide they formulate to ensure there's no risk of respiration when sprayed.
You can shop at my site- www.beautycounter.com/meganmullins1
Badger offers several different mineral or physicals sunscreens in cream form or stick form. They offer UVA, UVB protection and water resistant for at least 40 minutes. I love Badger as a company and use several of their other products such as the Chest rub when my son gets croup. Most all Badger sunscreens scored a 1 on EWG.
They also offer several different mineral or physicals sunscreens in the form of cream or sticks. Some are even scented with essential oils that can act as bug repellents as well. California Baby sunscreen products scored 1 or 2 on EWG.