We know that too much sun exposure is not wise, but are sunscreens themselves really safe? Of all the body care and cosmetics you use, sunscreens are likely to be filled with the most dangerous chemicals. When sunscreen soaks into the skin, we absorb known carcinogens and estrogen-imitating chemicals, which can cause a whole host of serious problems. In fact, some research has shown that countries in which chemical-laden sunscreens are most commonly used actually report the greatest increase in cancer melanoma (skin cancer).
What’s safe? Look for sunscreens that contain only zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. These non-chemical sunscreens are often marketed for babies or those with sensitive skin, but they’re the best choice for all of us. Instead of soaking into the skin, these sunscreens sit on top of the skin and deflect rays. Here’s a list of safe sunscreens from Nature Mom’s Blog post “Safe Sunscreens for the Family” :
California Baby SPF 30 + Sunblock Stick – No Fragrance – My top pick for kids! This is a non chemical sunscreen. It uses non-penetrating titanium dioxide (no nano particles) to protect against the sun. It is also made with organic & sustainably grown ingredients.
California Baby SPF 30 – This is specially for children to be safe and it a favorite among many natural parents. I have used this on my own kids and I really like it. I usually opt for the fragrance free versions.
California Baby SPF 30 + Bug Repellent – This is a good sunblock/bug repellent combo that is DEET free.
Badger Face & Body Sunblock SPF 30 – There was huge run on this sunscreen not long ago and you could hardly get it. It is known to be one of the safest sunscreens out there.
Lavera Baby and Children Sun Screen Lotion, SPF 30 – Contains organic peach seed, apricot seed oil and calendula and protects against UV A, B and C rays with waterproof protection.
Jason Natural – Sunbrellas Chemical Free Sun Block SPF30+ – Chemical, Fragrance and Paraben Free Complete UVA & UVB Protection Ideal for Sensitive Skin.
Dermalogica Ultra Sensitive Faceblock SPF 25 – Another chemical free sunblock using non-penetrating titanium dioxide. This has a hint of color…most likely to hide the streaky whiteness of the natural titanium dioxide.
For more info and details about sunscreen safety, read Tiffani’s whole article, “Safe Sunscreens for the Family“