The sun is finally out and shining and we are all wanting to get out and be apart of it. There has been a lot of debate over sun protection and the pros and cons of using sunscreen and if so, which sunscreens are safe. The Environmental Working Group has compiled information on which sunscreens are the best in regards of toxicity and efficacy.
Their general guidelines are:
Avoid sunscreens with:
Oxybenzone – a potential hormone disrupter that can penetrate the skin and enter the body.
Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate) – new research suggests applied topically, this form of Vitamin A speeds up lesion and tumour growth on the skin.
Added inspect repellent – best to add thereafter
Sprays and Powders – these disperse particles into the air that you then breathe
Choose sunscreens with:
Zinc oxide or Titanium dioxide
Avobenzone or Mexoxyl SX
Broad Spectrum Protection
SPF 30 plus
This is The Environmental Working Group’s summary of the top sunscreens, helping you assess which sunscreens will be the best match for you and your health this summer.
*taken from EWG’s Skin Deep Sunscreen 2011.