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As the weather warms up, more of us remember about putting on sun protection. Of course living in San Diego, we are out in the sun a lot!  In the back of my mind I realize that the sun's rays actually get to me while I'm driving my car every day, but I don't think about sun protection until
I'm going to an event and I'll know I'll be outside.

It really surprised me when I first started becoming an "Ingredient Geek" that one of the most popular ingredients
in many sunscreens and moisturizers is Retinyl Palmitate.
I was SHOCKED to learn that it actually is like a sun magnet to draw the sun's rays to you, and has been linked to skin cancer, accelerating the process (WHAT?!)

Two other ingredients to avoid are Octinoxate (Endocrine disruption, reproductive and developmental toxicity, organ system toxicity) and Oxybenzone (allergic skin reactions and may disrupt hormones).

I'm also not crazy about nano-particles because I don't want unknown ingredients & chemicals going all the way into my cells ~ who knows what that will do to me years down the road?  

The top ingredient I look for is NON-Nano Zinc Oxide.  I suggest looking for a Physical Sunscreen rather than a Chemical Sunscreen. Chemical based sunscreens must be absorbed into the skin to be effective via a chemical reaction with the UV rays. Since most have crazy ingredients (as noted above) that often degrade in sunlight and can have lasting ill effects, I don't recommend them.  

Physical sunscreens work by sitting on top of the skin to deflect damaging UV rays. They are kind of like wearing hats and long sleeves to physically block the sun. Zinc Oxide seems to be the safest sun protection available since it protects from the full spectrum of UVA and UVB rays and doesn't degrade in the sun.

Until PUREhaven comes out with our sunscreen, my current favorite is Badger Brand's Active Unscented Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Cream.  It has clean ingredients, and can be easily found online and in many health food stores.  They also have a tinted unscented active cream that looks good ~ and the thought of not having something so "white" to rub in might be nice!
Here's a great quick video from Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship who's family tested over 80 sunscreens.  Her 3rd point was frightening!!


Kim Jones
04/17/2017 5:27pm

What do you mean by physical sunscreen versus chemical? I know you made a recommendation, but I would love keep to know the difference. 😊

Monique Bottger
04/17/2017 6:24pm

Hi Kim! Thanks for your comment... I'm going to edit the post to make that a bit more clear!


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