HA! Isn’t that funny…before you couldn’t get me to use it hardly, and now, now I am on a crazy quest to find the perfect one. There are so many new horror stories about sunscreens out there. My own dermatologist has recommended against using the aerosol types and advises a cream or lotion based with at least an SPF of 30 is the way to go. According to the EWG, there are 3 main ingredients that you want to be on the look out for and AVOID when purchasing sunscreens. These are:
Ingredients to avoid and why:
OXYBENZONE – Oxybenzone easily penetrates the layers of skin, allowing it to enter your system. It has been linked with endocrine hormone disruption (including reproduction), an increase in endometriosis, cellular level changes, and system toxicity.
RETINYL ACETATE (VITMIN A ACETATE) – Vitamin A in your diet has been proven to protect against HPV proliferation and cervical cancer, but putting it on your skin in the sun does not have the same effects. Studies have shown that vitamin A treated skin exposed to sunlight can increase your risk of cancerous tumor growth.
OCTYL METHOXYCINNAMATE (OMC) – Studies have linked to increased levels of estrogen, reduced production of thyroid hormones, and declined immune function.
In addition, there are also certain ingredients that prove to be very beneficial and safe to use:
Ingredients to look for:
AVOBENZONE – Used in products since 1978, avobenzone provides protection against UV-A rays and test results show no hormone disruptions.
ZINC OXIDE – Remember the 80s with zinced up lifeguard noses? This mineral shows limited skin penetration, no photoallergy and no hormonal disruption.
TITANIUM DIOXIDE – Great for UV protection, this other mineral also has limited skin penetration, no photoallergy and no hormonal disruption.
So, next time you are replenishing your stock of sunscreen products, take a look at the label and KNOW what you are putting on your skin!
Currently I am looking for a sunscreen/makeup blend, if you have any good recommendations, let me know. I will be doing a review soon on one called Suntegrity…can’t wait to try it out!