Conventional Sunscreen Is Scary + Beautycounter Sunscreen Sale

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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The other day, temps hit nearly 80 degrees here in Massachusetts and they’re projected to climb that high again today, so I’m super excited that summer is right around the corner. We have a beach sticker, and I know we’re going to spend a lot of time there in the coming months. Let’s just say there’s going to be a lot of long hours of fun in the sun! Speaking of which, restocking our sunblock is at the top of my list of things to do this month.

Last summer, I tossed ALL of our non-Beautycounter sunscreens. Knowing what I know now about the ingredients in conventional sunblock products, I will never use them again – on myself or anyone in my family. That ish is scary! When was the last time you checked the label on your sunscreen? Sure, conventional sunscreens might protect you from the sun, but you’re also applying a whole bunch of harmful chemicals to your skin. Yiiiiikes!

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 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 have enough hormone problems, I don’t need any extra xenoestrogens in my life, and I definitely don’t want them on Quinn’s body. Luckily, there are some awesome alternatives, so I’ll tell you about my favorite ones, which are ON SALE RIGHT NOW while supplies last!

Beautycounter’s Protect All Over Sunscreen works amazingly, and it’s great for the whole family. It doesn’t have any white streaks when applied, water-resistant, great for sensitive skin, SPF 30 and, bonus, all the ingredients are actually nourishing to your skin while protecting it from UVA and UVB rays. Check out some of the ingredients: aloe, beeswax, green tea, orange and lemon peel oils, peppermint oil, tangerine fruit extract. There’s no funny stuff! I just bought 3 of these for the beach this summer – we always end up sharing our sunblock, so I know they’ll be put to good use!

If you’re looking for a more on-the-go protection (or one that’s easier to apply to an active almost 4 year old), Beautycounter’s Sunscreen Sticks for the face and body are must-haves. They’re easy to apply and packed with more wholesome ingredients: coconut oil, acai fruit oil, shea and cocoa butters, and more. 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.

Now that I’m paying a lot more attention to the chemicals that I expose myself and my family to, I’m so glad that I’m able to confidently protect us from sunburns this summer without having to worry about what else their skin might be absorbing. I love Beautycounter‘s sun protection products and recommend them to everyone I know, especially people with kids! I hope you guys find them as amazing as we do!

P.S. *DEAL ALERT*: Right now, if you become a Beautycounter member and spend $50, you’ll receive a free Sugar Body Scrub! What’s becoming a member all? In addition to the free scrub, you’ll get free shipping on orders $100+, a 15% product credit, and exclusive members-only offers. It’s definitely worth it! 🙂

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11 Comments

  1. Just wanted to point out that essential oils you listed as being part of ingredient list, may cause even worse burns, irritation and allergic reaction especially when exposed to the sun. Just because it’s “natural” doesn’t mean it’s good for your skin, especially when you combine it with UV light. US is the only country that requires an FDA approved spf ingredients which is increadbly expensive. The rest of the world is already using more advanced/safer/updated chemical sunscreens that have been proven safe and effective. I would recommend doing more research before posting stuff about safe ingredients for skin, especially when sun exposure is involved. Peppermint oil is a know irritant for example and if you have ezema or rosacea that would most likely make things worse not better.

    I love reading your blog, thank you for being always so open. I just get bothered about non scientific claims when it comes to all things “natural”

    1. Thanks so much for your comment. I didn’t know that about some essential oils! But I hope you do your research too. The chemicals I mentioned in conventional sunscreen are SO HARMFUL. Like scary harmful – some even have connections to autoimmune diseases and cancer. And the essential oils are primarily used as fragrance in the Beautycounter sunscreen (WAY better than artificial fragrance), so it’s a very small amount. I’d much rather a little peppermint oil than the other chemicals! Plus, we used these sunblocks all last summer without a single burn! 🙂

      1. I agree with you about the fact that a lot of chemical sunscreens on the market in USA might provide proper protection however might not be the best in other aspects as you mentioned in your post. At the present time US has about 17 FDA approved uv-filter ingredients, of which only two protect against UVA light. Therefore, unless beauty counter is using some magical sunblock ingredient it’s also conventional by definition. Basically what I want to say is that sunscreens in USA right now all kind of suck, not only in their performance but also ingredient list. From my limited research European and Asian sunscreens are way more updated, etc. at this point. If you are interested at all, I found ewg.org guide to sunscreens very interesting/helpful, they also rate your sunscreen well in terms of performance and safety. However, I would not be able to use it at all due to all the essential oil ingredients, because of my eczema.
        Sunscreens are complicated, and obviously it would be difficult to have a meaningful discussion simply in the coments section.
        Thanks for your reply!

  2. I agree about the harmful chemicals in sunscreen. However Beautycounter should make their products more affordable if they really care. $30+ for a bottle of sunscreen? How is the average family going to afford multiple bottles of that over the course of the summer?

    I do buy and love some BC products. But the sunscreen prices really bother me.

    1. They’re on sale right now! 🙂 And the all-over bottle and sticks last quite awhile. And I’d always pay more for a quality, less scary product!

  3. Is Beautycounter sunscreen reef-safe? I’ve made the switch from oxybenzone sunscreens once I found out how bad they are for reefs and marine life, so I use reef-safe, mostly zinc-oxide type sunscreens now. Better for me and better for the environment!

  4. Interesting information. I got a really bad sunburn using a more natural sunscreen that I bought at a reputable natural food store. I don’t want the chemicals but I can’t risk a sunburn. Two members of my family have had melanoma.

  5. Sunscreen is such a tricky topic! I obviously don’t want to rub harmful chemicals into my body, but I also REALLY don’t want a sunburn and potential side effects down the line. Like Lee Ann we have a lot of Melanoma in our family and my husband used to work in construction out in the sun all the time. We religiously lather as high SPF as possible (usually aveeno brand) all over us and our kids, BUT ALSO make sure that we wear hats, and hang out in the shade as much as possible too. I think that part is so overlooked. You can still enjoy the sun and wonderful warm weather, without baking yourself out in the rays. Oh and long sleeve rash guards for the kiddos as well. Another reason why I switched from all the super fun fashionable cheap sunglasses. Not worth those rays getting to my eye balls! We all just have to pick our battles and make the best choices for each family 🙂

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