We all know the importance of sunscreen, but did you know that some brands can be dangerous? Now that summer is here (or in our case coming) it is so important to know what you are putting on your body and also on your kid’s bodies. Some brands can contain ingredients that can be just as harmful as too much sun exposure. According to Dr. Axe 75% of sunscreens are toxic. Whether it’s ingredients that disrupt our hormone systems or cause cancer, these are ingredients to avoid in sunscreen.
Ingredients to Avoid in Sunscreen
There are six main ingredients that you’ll want to avoid when buying sunscreen. The first ingredient is oxybenzone which can affect the hormones and lead to an eczema-like reaction. Not to mention according to a study published in the journal of Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology found that Oxybenzone in small doses can damage coral reefs.
Octinoxate is another ingredient that can affect the hormones. Once the sunscreen hits the water, it can also affect wildlife. Octinoxate can also damage the skin and cells, which can lead to premature aging.
Retinyl palmitate may help prevent aging, but when exposed to the sun it breaks down and causes free radicals, which may lead to cancer.
Once absorbed homosalate, another problem ingredient in sunscreen, can become toxic and also affect the hormones.
Octocrylene is not only bad for the environment but can cause cell damage and mutations.
What to Look For in a Sunscreen
Sometimes you simply can’t beat old-school methods. Sunscreens made with zinc oxide are a much safe option. You can also look for those that contain a combination of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Remember, you want mineral based sunscreens rather than chemical based.
Other Forms of Protection
Sunscreen isn’t your only form of protection. There are clothing brands that use fabric that block UV rays. You can also check the UV index to determine if it’s a safe day to do outdoor activities. If you’re outside for long periods of time, remember that you can also protect yourself by staying in shady areas. Lastly don’t forget that if you’re going from your house to your car to your office, sunscreen may not be a necessity. When your skin is exposed to UV rays, it products Vitamin D. Many people are deficient of this essential vitamin. Speak to your doctor about how much sun exposure is safe.
You can’t simply grab just any old sunscreen and hope for the best. You need a mineral based sunscreen. With that said, remember that some sun exposure is actually healthy and that you can protect yourself from the sun’s rays through clothing, by staying in the shade, and checking the UV index before heading outdoors. Of course sunscreen is important so that we don’t get burnt but if you do get burnt check out my Sunburn Relief Spray.