When I think of two products that contain such harmful ingredients that I would like everyone to “go green” on, I think of anti-perspirant and sunscreen.
The Skinny on Chemical Sunscreens
Conventional sunscreens, also called “chemical sunscreens” contain chemicals such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate (not to mention parabens, fragrance, phthalates, and multiple ethoxylated ingredients), which are used to filter ultraviolet radiation. If it’s not obvious already, applying chemicals to “protect” your skin is trading one bad thing for another.
Many of the chemicals commonly used in sunscreen are endocrine disruptors, estrogenic and may interfere with thyroid and other hormone processes in the body. Not cool right!? There is also a lot of research to suggest that Vitamin A derivative, retinol palmitate (found in most chemical sunscreens), speeds up the growth of cancerous cells.
Okay, so we know that chemical sunscreens are bad for us, but what do we do? I’m here to tell you that there are amazing alternatives that actually work! There are “physical” sunscreens that use minerals (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide), which protect your skin beautifully. In our August Mapleblume box we included the Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer from Suntegrity. It’s a gorgeous, lightweight, and hydrating sunscreen that has no harmful ingredients, in fact, it’s actually good for your skin!
Product Recommendations and Resources
In addition to the Suntegrity Sunscreen & Primer, here are a few more face sunscreens that are at the top of their game!
A great resource to check the quality of your sunscreen is the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep Sunscreen Guide which comes out each year.
One of the fabulous things about the growing green beauty industry and the dissemination of information is that companies are responding to the demand for clean products, in turn, the science and product development is getting better and better!
I would like to use this blog to keep you up to date on the newest and best groundbreaking products. Your interest in clean beauty is building demand and creating momentum in a forward-thinking, health conscious revolution. We hope you will continue to search out the green and the clean in place of the chemical and the toxic, because you are so worth it! <3