Sunscreen is a necessary evil. We all know deep down that we are slathering our children and ourselves with chemicals, but the alternative of sun overexposure is even scarier, so we do it anyway. Sadly, more and more research has been coming to light that it may actually BE the sunscreen that is kick-starting skin cancer and other health issues.
Since 1950, at least 70,000 new chemical compounds have been invented and dispersed into our environment. Only a fraction of these have been tested for human toxicity. We are, by default, conducting a massive clinical toxicology trial, and our children and their children are the experimental animals.*
Listed below is the no-no list of the absolute most dangerous and toxic sunscreen products on the market right now... and sadly they are some of the most popular. If you have any of these in your beach bag, toss them ASAP! (Extra no-no points for spray sunscreens)
The Suncreen Options Below Contain Some Of The Most Toxic Ingredients
There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today. Many don’t have any safety data. This is particularly true of those used in the skin care and beauty industry.
What’s worse is that the Food and Drug Administration (the agency that regulates cosmetics in the United States) allows companies to use chemicals known to be extremely harmful in the products we put on our bodies and on our kids’ bodies every single day, day after day, and to make their own judgments about safety. This is about progress—not perfection. Because every little bit counts.**
This sunscreen is high performing and one of the safest on the market.
Of course, hats, umbrellas, light cover ups, and shirts are always a safe way to protect yourself too. Keeping extras in the bag or car is always smart!
Happy Almost Summer! Be safe and well!
*[SOURCE: HERBERT L. NEEDLEMAN, M.D., PHILIP J. LANDRIGAN, M.D., RAISING CHILDREN TOXIC FREE]