Who else is super excited that it’s officially summer? Woohoo! It’s time for BBQs, swimming, and long hours of fun in the sun! Speaking of that last thing, when was the last time you checked out the label on your sunscreen? Conventional sunscreens might be protecting you and your family from the sun, but you’ll also be applying a whole bunch of harmful chemicals to your skin. Yikes.
To start, some studies have shown that the chemicals in sunscreen can mimic human sex and thyroid hormones. While the FDA hasn’t investigated common sunscreen ingredients for harmful effects, the Danish EPA did so in 2015 and found that most of the ingredients (16 out of 19) didn’t have enough information available to determine whether or not they’re safe.
One major ingredient, oxybenzone, a chemical found in most commercial sunscreens, triggers skin allergies and mimics estrogen when absorbed into the body (and it can be absorbed into breast milk). I don’t know about you, but I’d rather get a sunburn at this point! Luckily, there are alternatives, and I’ll tell you about my favorite ones.
Beautycounter’s Protect All Over Sunscreen works like a charm for the whole family – no white streaks when applied, water-resistant, great for sensitive skin, SPF 30 and, best of all, all the ingredients are actually nourishing your skin while protecting it from UVA and UVB rays. Just check out some of these ingredients: aloe, beeswax, green tea, orange and lemon peel oils, peppermint oil, tangerine fruit extract. I’m not used to my sunscreen sounding so delicious! Ha!
If you’re looking for a more on-the-go protection (or one that’s easier to apply to an active 3 year old), Beautycounter’s Sunscreen Sticks for the face and body are must-haves. They’re easy to apply and packed with more awesome ingredients: coconut oil, acai fruit oil, Shea and cocoa butters, and more. And if you’re looking for year-round protection, Beautycounter’s SPF 15 Protect Lip Balm works as both a great lip conditioner and sun protectant.
In the past, I was always a bit worried about what was in my sunscreen. I mean, I remember using one in particular that would always make my eyes water and my nose run every time I used it. Ugh, I can only imagine what kinds of chemicals were in it! But now I’m so glad that I’m able to confidently protect my family from sunburns this summer without having to worry about what else their skin might be absorbing.
Question of the Day
Have you been to the beach yet this summer?