So…the last few days the newsfeed has been littered with the news that sunscreens can be toxic. While this is not new news, I’m glad people are finally catching on that just because a product is on the shelf – that does NOT make it safe!!! How many years have I been saying this??? LOL
If your skin is your largest organ, then what you put on it really matters. And let’s not forget that the aerosol sprays put those ingredients into your lungs. They work by using either a mineral or chemical filter – and lab studies indicate that some chemical UV filters may mimic hormones as well as cause skin allergies.
The most worrisome of the chemicals is oxybenzone, which according to the EWG website, is added to 65% of the non-mineral sunscreens. “Oxybenzone can cause allergic skin reactions (Rodriguez 2006). In laboratory studies it is a weak estrogen and has potent anti-androgenic effects (Krause 2012, Ghazipura 2017). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention routinely detects oxybenzone in more than 96 percent of the American population.”
If you use natural mineral sunscreens, look for non-nanoparticles. Personally, no surprise here, I love YL’s Mineral Sunscreen Lotion. It’s reef safe. No killing the fishes. 🐠 It’s also non-greasy and dermatologist tested. And best of all – it’s recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as a broad spectrum sunscreen.
So do your skin a favor and treat it well this summer!!
Sarah, Traditional Naturopath