Let's start by learning a little about the TWO types of sunscreen: chemical and mineral
This refers to the ACTIVE ingredients that are present in a sunscreen to filter UVA radiation. AKA the active ingredient in your sunscreen to block that UVA radiation is either a chemical or a mineral.
Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing UV light, whereas barrier sunscreen physically block UV light.
The problem is that if you are using a chemical sunscreen, you may be blocking that harmful UVA BUT you may be causing other problems in your body like hormone imbalance, endocrine disruption, tumors, lesions, system toxicity and more.
There are a few specific ingredients TO AVOID as you pick out your spf for the summer:
1) Vitamin A ridden products (also called retinyl palmitate or retinol) Government data show that tumors and lesions develop sooner on skin coated with creams laced with vitamin A and it was found in 14% of sunscreens!
2) Oxybenzone protects the skin from UVA radiation BUT it's a synthetic estrogen. This chemical can mess up your hormone balance and disrupt the endocrine system resulting in reduced sperm count in men and it may contribute to endometriosis in women.
3) Octinoxate causes hormone-like activity. In a recent animal study, Octinoxate caused reproductive system, thyroid and behavioral alterations. It was also found in breast milk in another study.
4) Homosalate has similar symptoms as the chemicals listed above: disrupts estrogen, androgen and progesterone, found in breast milk.
5) Octocrylene was also found in breast milk & has relatively high rates of skin allergy.
I have been using a few types of mineral sunscreen this year but while were speaking about ingredients, check out the list for Young Living's sunscreen (its pretty amazing)
Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 10.5% (this is the mineral that blocks UV)
Inactive Ingredients: grape seed, coconut oil, tapioca starch, octyldodecyl oleate, beeswax, hydrogenated vegetable oil, candelilla wax, cocoa butter, silica, tocopherol, jojoba oil, bisabolol, helichrysum italicum flower oil, lavender oil, commiphora myrhha oil, cistus ladaniferus oil, picea mariana leaf oil, cananga oil, carrot seed oil, sunflower oil, calendula officinalis flower, matricaria chamomilla, boswellia sacra resin oil, raspberry seed oil, virola sebifera seed oil, mauritia flexuosa fruit oil
It is also has NO nanoparticles (aka super small particles that can't soak into your bloodstream), it is
water & sweat resistant for 80 minutes and dermatologist approved!
Also, we now have SPF 50!! This is exciting because we can officially say that IT IS RECOMMENDED BY THE SKIN CANCER ASSOCIATION!!
The last thing I want to talk about it sunscreen being REEF SAFE. This is SO important (and some places you travel to ONLY allow reef safe sunscreen so its def something to think about). Anyways, "reef safe" means that we want to avoid oxybenzone (sound familiar? we just talked about it above!!). It is an endocrine disruptor and an ingredient in many sunscreens that deforms, bleaches, and kills coral. There only needs to be the tiniest amount ever to do this horrible damage... "one drop of oxybenzone in an amount equal to six-and-a-half Olympic-size swimming pools of water is sufficient to damage coral."
Here are some of the resources I used if you want to do your own research: https://www.kokuasuncare.com/kokua-hawaii-sun-care-blog/2018/1/4/what-does-reef-safe-really-mean, https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/top-sun-safety-tips/?fbclid=IwAR0_YzazsaGHg6cDJT5Y_vCSRG12cpbcuScR1HbeVqmDwICm-gGuNac-iEo#.WwGSKSMrLUQ, https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/the-trouble-with-sunscreen-chemicals/?fbclid=IwAR1PugFUAhR7Rho9SERtFWAvXe8tgRabAKz81-MRyA4MULsdnSoXd2JBSKc#.WwGUhyMrLUQ