Sunscreen is a product used by thousands of people on a daily basis; adults, kids and babies. However, it’s not a simple product to buy. There’s actually a lot that goes into buying the right sunscreen. To my surprise I’ve been wearing the wrong one until recently after doing some research and realized that majority of these well known household brands are NOT good for you!
You’re browsing the shelves and see SPF 50 and think “yes, this one is perfect!” But do you look at the ingredients? Do you even know what ingredients to look for? 90% of the name brand sunscreens that you probably have bought or are still buying contain toxic chemicals AND aren’t even protecting you properly from UVA/UVB rays.
There is a website, ewg.org that has a sunscreen guide, tested by scientists. You can search for any sunscreen on the market and find out just how good or how bad it is. This website will list any toxic ingredients and grades the sunscreen on how well it actually protects you from UVA/UVB rays.
Mineral sunscreen that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as the main active ingredient is the only sunscreen you want to be using. You want to avoid ingredients such as oxybenzone, homoslate and octocrylene. These are endocrine disturbing chemicals that harmfully effect your hormones and reproductive organs; such as fertility issues and lowered testosterone. The website mentions studies done on the effects of these ingredients in sunscreens and details the science behind these toxic chemicals and provides proof on how harmful they really are!
I was shocked to learn that even my mineral based sunscreen from Neutorgenga wasn’t the best sunscreen at protecting me from UVA/UVB rays. Even brands such as La Roche-Posay, EltaMD and Aveeno; which are popular brands known for their skincare weren’t effective. Also, the SPF you see listed on sunscreens only measures how well it protects you from getting sunburned by the UVB rays, it does not measure the UVA rays which is what causes skin cancer and skin aging. So, just because you see a sunscreen with SPF 50, don’t automatically grab it. These high SPF’s are misleading. Higher SPF sunscreens actually require higher sun-filtering chemicals than lower SPF sunscreens.
Below are the most effective, safest, non toxic mineral based sunscreens according to ewg.org. They all have a rating of 1-2 out of 10. They are linked for your shopping pleasure.