I am reposting this one due to it being on the news again, which not many folks might’ve seen, read, or are aware about. Please read the ingredients on the sunscreen products that you are currently using or are gonna buy, to check if there are any toxic ingredients in them!
Just today, I had seen the topic on the news again here (3:16 minutes).
I had posted about this topic last year after having read an article written by Dr. Axe on FaithVillage.com. Because it had taken me at least half an hour to choose a sunscreen bottle at a drug store a couple of days before, which says:
“Won’t clog pores, Hypoallergenic, Fragrance & PABA free”
right smack on the front of it, I had figured that I couldn’t have possibly bought one of them bad-for-you sunscreens that this Dr. Axe had written about. But when I had checked the toxic ingredients that he had listed to look out for, I was shocked to find that the sunscreen I had bought had 3 of those ingredients in it!
Needless to say, I threw away that sunscreen bottle immediately. Here’s an excerpt of Dr. Axe’s article, which I hope y’all will read and compare the ingredients he has listed with those on the back of your own sunscreen products.
For me, the most shocking thing of all is how Oxybenzone is listed as one of these toxic ingredients, and is also mentioned to be greatly avoided on the news video above, but it’s the one active ingredient that’s in Chapstick! Now, who do ya happen to know who might use Chapstick? Everybody!
Oxybenzone is also in most generic brands of lip balms that you can find at any store, including my all-time favorite lip balm of all, Carmex – but it’s only in the cherry flavored one, not the original one.
So please save the lips of your family and friends, folks, and let ‘em know about this info and about these ingredients, which they should all try to avoid applying onto their bodies.
A recent study published in Environmental Science Technology has also shown the common sunscreen ingredients oxybenzone, methoxycinnamate, and PABA are estrogenic chemicals linked to cancer.
That’s right, I read the labels on not only my food products, but on anything I’m putting on or near my body, and you should too.
If your sunscreen contains any of these chemicals I’d throw it away right now!
Unsafe, Toxic Chemicals in Sunscreen:
- Para amino benzoic acid
- Octyl salicyclate
- Menthyl anthranilate
Stay away from these chemicals and use the natural sunscreens I recommend at the end of the article.
When buying sunscreen I’d first check the EWG database. Here are my top three recommended brands of the natural sunscreens:
1. Kiss My Face SPF 30
2. 100% Pure Hydration Organic Pomegranate
3. Aubrey Organics SPF 30 Children’s Unscented Sensitive Skin
These healthier sunscreens contain Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide as a more natural form of sunblock. However even these ingredients aren’t flawless as you’ll see in the EWG ratings system.“
I had taken the doc’s suggestion and had ordered 2 bottles of the Kiss My Face SPF 30 sunscreen online (his link to Amazon was the cheapest place to buy it – less than Walmart, Target, or other Web sites that sell sunscreen products or organic products – that I could find).
After having used it for the past year now, I have to say that it’s a great product. It stays on and is not runny. But it’s also not so dry and pasty, like one organic sunscreen that I had tried. So if you prefer a creamier application, you might want to apply your favorite face lotion before applying this sunscreen, so that it applies more smoothly right over it.
Also, for those of y’all who may be like me and get a bad skin reaction to face products with any kind of scent in ‘em, this sunscreen’s having an oatmeal scent actually didn’t gimme any bad reactions (break outs/mega zit attacks) to my face whatsoever. So I hope it’s a non-breakout product for your sensitive-to-fragrance skin faces too.
Have a safe, sunny, and joyful Summer, y’all!