Of all the trends we see come and go year after year, sunblock should be the eternal essential.
Yet, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, only 14% of men and 30% of women wear sunscreen daily! Yes, daily!
Now, when you go to a store and pick up a sunscreen for yourself and your family, there's a good chance that it will contain toxic chemicals that you must completely avoid. This is true whether you choose a product with a high SPF or even for some of those that claim to be "natural."
Learn how to identify which products you want to stay away from by detecting the following:
- Contains Oxybenzone, sixty-five percent of non-mineral sunscreens on the U.S. market contain oxybenzone. This chemical penetrates your skin in large amounts, potentially triggering allergic reactions. Oxybenzone is also a potential endocrine-disrupting chemical that can cause hormone disruption and cell damage.
- Contains Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate), the sunscreen industry uses vitamin A in its formulations because it is an anti-oxidant that is thought to slow skin aging. However, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) study found that a form of vitamin A, retinyl palmitate, when used in sunscreen and therefore exposed to sunlight may actually speed the development of skin lesions and tumors.
- Inadequate UVA Protection, analysis found that more than 60 percent of products reviewed provide inadequate UVA protection, and are actually so ineffective that they would not be approved in the European market. There are two primary types of UV rays from sunlight that you need to be concerned with, the vitamin-D-producing UVB rays and the skin-damaging UVA light. Source: Environmental Working Group's (EWG) Sunscreen Guide.
Look for a Minerals based formula that does not contain the aforementioned items and you know that you are on the healthy side of your choice of sunscreen and options.
Keep in mind that clouds do not block damaging rays and that ultraviolet radiation is reflected off sand and water, intensifying exposure even if you are protected by a beach umbrella.