We can’t kick-off the summer season without first talking about the most important part of summer, sunscreen! Last year, we covered the basics of sunscreen, but this year we want to discuss clean, non-toxic sunscreens.
Just like everything else these days (i.e. deodorant), when it comes to sunscreen we are really starting to pay attention to the ingredients and how they are affecting our bodies. The EWG recently updated their guide to clean, non-toxic sunscreens, so we thought we would do a little recap and breakdown the important stuff. As well as share our picks for the sunscreens we will be using this year.
Avoid the Chemical Sunscreens
The most common, well-known sunscreens on the market today are made up of chemical filters. These chemicals are each used to maintain stability in the sunlight as well as protect our skin. These sunscreens usually contain a combination of 2 to 6 of the following chemicals you want to try and avoid: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate.
The major problem with these chemicals is that they are known to be hormone and endocrine disruptors. Even in small doses they can mimic the hormones are body produces. This can wreak havoc on everything from our metabolism to our reproductive system.
According the the EWG, the one chemical you want to be extra aware of and avoid at all costs is Oxybenzone.
Look for Mineral Sunscreens Instead
When looking for clean, non-toxic sunscreen products, avoid the well-known brands filled with chemicals and look for a mineral based sunscreen.
Mineral sunscreens are made with mineral filters instead of chemical. These mineral filters are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. The benefit of the mineral filters is that they provide UVA/UVB protection by sitting on top of the skin. Very few of these particles, if any, actually penetrate the skin. Unlike the chemical filters listed above.
When buying mineral sunscreen, it is important to be aware of the term “mineral-based”. A “mineral-based” sunscreen just means that zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide was mixed with the chemicals. A mineral sunscreen will list zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide only.
Clean, Non-Toxic Sunscreens
The EWG has an extensive list of clean, non-toxic sunscreens, but we thought we would share a few that we think are worth trying out this summer. We’ve also included the EWG rating as you will see below. The lower the number, on a scale of 1-10, the safer the product is.
With the lowest rating possible from EWG and close to 400 reviews totally 4.5 stars, Beautycounter Mineral Sunscreen gets our pick for the best over all. It is a little pricey (imo), but worth it to keep the skin protected and chemical free!
EWG Rating: 1
We’ve mentioned before how much we love W3ll People products, so I was happy to see they received a low rating for EWG. With SPF 30 and free of all the bad stuff, this is the perfect tinted moisturizer for your face.
EWG Rating: 2
This is probably the most important on the list! Aveeno Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin was one of the top picks from EWG for kids. It’s SPF 50, protects against UVA/UVB and is water resistant.
EWG Rating: 1
If you are out working up a sweat in the sun, Juice Beauty is your go-to non-toxic sunscreen. It is water-resistant up to 80 minutes and SPF 30.
EWG Rating: 1