During my research I found there are 5 Things to look for that You DON’T Want in a Sunscreen:
- oxybenzone - One of the biggest culprits to making the sunscreens more of a toxin hazard. The overall concerns with this ingredient is developmental/reproductive toxicity, Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Enhanced skin absorption, Biochemical or cellular level changes.
- Vitamin A - The sunscreen industry often adds vitamin A to its products because it is an anti-oxidant that slows skin aging. That may be true for lotions and night creams used indoors, but the FDA study of vitamin A’s photocarcinogenic properties raises the possibility that it results in cancerous tumors when used on skin exposed to sunlight. Scientists have known for some time that vitamin A can spur excess skin growth (hyperplasia), and that in sunlight it can form free radicals that damage DNA. It may also speed the development of skin tumors and lesions. This finding is quite troubling because the sunscreen production companies adds vitamin A to about 30 percent of all sunscreens.
- benzophenone-3, homosalate, or octyl-methoxycinnamate - These ingredients not only behave like estrogen and are known to disrupt users’ endocrine systems, they are more readily absorbed through the skin.
- Sunscreen that have high SPFs (50+) - Anything higher than SPF 50 may tempt people to stay in the sun too long, suppressing sunburns (a late, key warning of overexposure) while upping the risks of other kinds of skin damage.
- Sprays or powders. They have a greater potential to through cuts or inhalation. Choose cream based products instead. Make sure to reapply them often, because sunscreen chemicals break apart in the sun, wash off in pools and rub off on towels and clothing.
I decided to look inside my own cabinet to see what sunscreens I have for my own children. I was both happy and quite disappointed with what I found.
- Water Babies - Rank 5
- Pure & Simple water Babies - Rank 3
- Pure & Simple Kids - Rank 3
- Blue Lizard
- Sport - Rank 4
- Australian Suncream, Sensitive Skin - Rank 2
I obviously made a BIG MISTAKE recently purchasing:
- Pure & Free baby - RANK 7
- Wet skin kids - RANK 7
The Top 5 Best Sunscreens (0-3 Low Toxin Hazard) For Kids are:
Sunscreen Face Stick, Unscented, SPF 30+ RANK 1
Sunscreen, Lightly Scented Lavender, SPF 15 RANK 2