Take a healthy step and select a sunscreen that is safe for you:
It is important to use a sunscreen all year round, therefore you need to select a sunscreen that works and is not harmful to you.
UVA and UVB radiation is the primary cause for skin cancer. Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer.
Please watch out for oxybenzone: It is a hormone disruptor which penetrates the skin and enters the blood stream. It is unfortunately allowed in many sunscreens, yet is linked to cancer and health problems.
Many other chemicals found in popular brands of sunscreen can also go into our bloodstream. They will trigger organ toxicity, rashes and allergic reactions.
Conventional Brands such as Banana Boat, Coppertone Sport, Coppertone Water Babies, Bull Frog, Hawaiian Tropic, Walmart’s Equate brand and many other ones are rated the worst in terms of safety in the Environmental Working Group’s Sunscreen Guide.
1. A good sunscreen should be paraben-free, Oxybenzone free, Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate) free and fragrance free.
It also should be broad spectrum to protect against UVA and UVB.
2. Your sunscreen should be rated between o and 2 in the in Environmental Working Group’s Sunscreen Guide.
3. You can also start testing healthy oils which will nourish and protect your skin such. Red raspberry oil which can contain a natural SPF of 28 to 30.
Carrot oil is also on top of the list and can contain an SPF of 38 to 40.
Other oils such as coconut, sesame and olive have too low of a protection: between 2 to 8.
4. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recommends looking for sunscreens that contain zinc and titanium instead of oxybenzone.
5. We like Keys Solar Rx as a moisturizer with SPF 30 ($26.95). It is broad spectrum, vegan, gluten-free and chemical-free. You can apply it on your face, chest and all over your body. A little goes a long way.
It is part of the consumer report top ranked cosmetic sunblock and is featured as the most effective non-waterproof category sunblock for UVA and UVB.
For more check the EWG’s sunscreen guide.
Note: We recommend using a sunscreen daily. Please apply on your face, ears and neck.
“New Study Shows Many Sunscreens Are Accelerating Not Preventing Cancer.” Mercola.com. Mercola.com, 22 Apr. 2011. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.
“What’s Wrong With High SPF? EWG’s 2013 Guide to Sunscreens.” EWG. Environmental Working Group, n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.