Sunscreen is probably the most vital skin care product that plays a huge part in everyones skin routine. While sunlight is important for our overall health and immunity too much sun exposure can cause damage to the skin, wrinkles and even cancer.
This is something we all know by now right? But have you had a close look at the ingredients of your sunscreen ?
A recent study conducted by the FDA and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that commonly used chemical sunscreens (like oxybenzone, avobenzone, and octocrylene) are absorbed into the bloodstream at potentially toxic levels after just one day of use (source)!
Our sunscreen contains NO chemicals and is an all-natural mineral sunscreen.
Most sunscreens available today typically offer protection in the form of either a mineral sunscreen or a chemical sunscreen.
Let me break this down a little.
Mineral sunscreens are made with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These minerals sit on the surface of your skin and physically reflect sunlight away from the skin.
Chemical sunscreens work a bit differently and have caused concern amongst dermatologists and researchers. Instead of physically deflecting UV light away from the skin, chemical sunscreens absorb the UV radiation into the skin and dissipate the energy via a chemical reaction under the skin!
Because of this, most dermatologists recommend using mineral sunscreens instead of chemical sunscreens.
Common chemical sunscreen ingredients to avoid include oxybenzone (
one of the worst offenders), avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate.
Of course we suggest avoiding other harmful ingredients such as:
ParabensPEG compounds PhthalatesFormaldehydesEthoxylated ingredients Petrochemicals Triclosan TEA/DEASynthetic fragrances + colors.
Did you know you may have some natural sunscreen ingredients at home !?
The following is a small list of known SPF values of some natural common ingredients.
- Almond oil: SPF around 5
- Coconut oil: SPF 4-6
- Zinc oxide or titanium dioxide: SPF 2-20 depending on how much is used
- Red raspberry seed oil: SPF 25-50
- Carrot seed oil: SPF 35-40
- Shea butter: SPF 4-6