What the Experts are saying...
Thinking about Spring Break? Some of us are headed to sunshine and sandy beaches, others plan to enjoy a “staycation” and get outdoors this spring. What about sunscreen? It’s the perfect time to re-educate yourself or learn what you didn’t already know.
So, what do experts out there say about sunscreen? I’m sure if you’re at all like me, you’ve read lots of differing opinions. It makes my head spin. I can only say that long before the safer sunscreens like Beautycounter’s Protect Sunscreen line were available, I tried the organic sunscreens known around my home as, “the white stuff” whenever I could get it past my kids. Maybe you’ve experienced it? Cleaner, safer, organic yet leaves you ghostlike instead of looking sun kissed.
Here’s a little Q & A to help you when deciding what to do about sun protection this season:
Q: What are the ingredients in most sunscreens that lots of articles point to as unsafe or unhealthy?
A: Oxybenzone and vitamin A.
Here’s a quote from the Environmental Working Group, “Fully 80 percent of 1,700 products we examined this year (2015) offer inferior sun protection or contain worrisome ingredients like oxybenzone and vitamin A.”
Q: What is potentially harmful about Oxybenzone?
A: Laboratory studies of several sunscreen
chemicals, including oxybenzone, indicate that they
may mimic hormones and disrupt the hormone system;
they may also trigger allergic skin reactions. My belief is
that chemicals that can alter reproductive systems should be avoided.
Q: What is potentially harmful about vitamin A?
A: Many sunscreens have been found to contain vitamin A. In the ingredient section, you’ll see retinyl palmitate or retinol which is a form of vitamin A linked to skin damage. These forms of vitamin A may speed the development of skin tumors when applied to sun-exposed skin. According to studies, this happened in animals which is likely why the concern is out there.
Q: If I do choose a sunscreen without oxybenzone and vitamin A (retinyl palmitate or retinol are forms of vitamin A) what might I look for?
A: Look for non-nano mineral sunscreens, such as those using non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
Q: And this one is important…How often should I reapply If I choose a sunscreen considered safer with non-nano zinc oxide or titanium dioxide?
A: Re-apply every 30 minutes or sooner if needed. You have to monitor and be the judge. One of the reasons non-nano particles are safer is that they don’t soak into your skin, they sit on top and so the protection doesn’t last as long. Do yourself a favor, don’t get burned, reapply, reapply, reapply!
Today, there are thankfully a few great choices that don’t leave the white residue, and Beautycounter’s Protect Sunscreen is one of them.
Here are some things to consider about sun exposure:
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