After a long, seemingly endless winter, the warmer weather is finally upon us in the East coast. I took my daughters to the park for a few hours and found myself realizing I better remember to start packing the sunscreen in my bag! We all know sunscreen is important because it protects us from dangerous UV rays that can cause issues like skin cancer, age spots and more. However, I find that most people are unaware of the dangers lurking in typical mainstream sunscreen brands.
Sunscreen can either be mineral based or chemical based. Knowing that what we apply to our skin is immediately absorbed into our bloodstream in under a minute, I choose to use mineral based, more natural sunscreen products which use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. Most of the brand names on the market are chemically based and include a combination of two to six of these active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate.
If you want to check the safety of your sunscreen, www.ewg.org is a great resource. You can search by brand and the website will tell you how toxic your product rates on a scale, as well as indicate what some of the potential side effects of the ingredients are. Some of my favorite brands include Badger, Poofy Organics, Babyganics and ThinkBaby/ThinkSport.
So before you slather your loved ones up with sunscreen this summer, be sure to check the safety of your products. You can get great protection for your skin without the nasty toxic chemicals!
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