Sunscreen: Safe or Toxic?

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It’s almost June! And we all know what JUNE means….sandy toes, lightning bugs, sweet tea, and sun hugs. But, June also means hours outside, which can result in dreaded sunburns and skin damage.

So the general and socially acceptable “fix”? Slather up in sunscreen and hope for the best! But do you know how many harmful chemicals are just bubbling inside that bright, fun, colorful tube that screams “SUMMER IS HERE!!”?? Do you know how many toxins we are smearing all over our bodies? Let’s find out!

The Facts Behind Sunscreen: 

The Environmental Working Group tested 880 sunscreens, 480 moisturizers, and 120 lip products containing SPF. In this test, they found that nearly 75% of all the products they examined contain “inferior” or “worrisome” ingredients. Such as “ingredients like oxybenzone, a hormone disruptor, or retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A that may harm skin.”

The Truth Behind SPF: 

Don’t let that higher SPF catch you off-guard. While, in and of itself, higher SPF is not known to have more chemicals or toxins than lower SPF sunscreens, it often leads to a higher level of “bravery”. Generally, people tend to apply LESS sunscreen with higher SPF and stay in the sun longer. This can result in a number of harsh issues to our skin and bodies.

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So What Products ARE Safe? 

Sifting through every bottle and squinting through every list of ingredients is not only tedious, but, in the words of one of my favorite human’s, Sweet Brown, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”. So let’s make it easy!

  • The EWG posted their top 19 choices for the least toxic options for you and your littles! For their entire list of recommendations for littles, click HERE! For their list of other sunscreen recommendations, click HERE!
  • If you are interested in making your OWN sunscreen, but aren’t sure how to about that, Dr. Axe’s recipe may be a great option for you! For his homemade sunscreen recipe, click HERE!

Hopefully this gives you some really tangible and easy solutions so that you are prepared and ready to face the summer without fear or hesitations.

Happy Sunning!

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