Sunscreen is an essential part of protecting our skin every day. But knowing what’s in your sunscreen is just as important as putting it on. Just like the food we eat, certain sunscreens can be packed full of chemicals that harm our skin, when the intent is to protect it. Let’s go over what to look for when determining what’s in your sunscreen.
Wear Sunscreen Everyday
We wear sunscreen daily to protect our skin from dangerous UV rays from the sun. Even on a cloudy day, these harmful rays are still present and can just as easily harm your skin. Wearing at least an SPF 15 sun protection everyday can help protect you from:
- Certain types of skin cancer
- Painful sunburn
- Skin discoloration (sun or liver spots)
- Premature signs of aging (fine lines and wrinkles)
- Inflammation (rosacea and psoriasis)
Toxic Chemicals to Avoid
Simply putting sunscreen on everyday is half the battle. Knowing what’s in your sunscreen is the other half. Our skin absorbs what we put on it, so if the sunscreen you are using is packed full of toxic chemicals, they are getting into your bloodstream and circulating throughout your body. Some of the danger of repetitive exposure to these chemicals include:
- Skin irritations
- Skin allergies
- Disruptions to the hormone system
- Development Issues if used during pregnancy
What to Watch Out For
Knowing what’s in your sunscreen is more important than ever, because the ingredients are not always regulated. Whether they are being absorbed by your skin, inhaled from aerosol sprays or swallowed from lip protection, these chemicals pose a real threat to our health.
Here are the chemicals the experts say you really need to avoid.
- Octinoxate (Octyl Methoxycinnamate)
- Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide
Read the Labels
Many companies are taking action and producing sun protection products that don’t contain these potentially harmful chemicals. Protecting your skin can be as simple as checking the list of ingredients to see if they contain these chemicals. You can always find natural, organic, and chemical-free sun protection options available from Professional Supplement Center. There are even options for babies and kids!
Some sunscreens we recommend include Goddess Garden Organics’ Everyday Natural Sunscreen Continuous Spray SPF 30, and MyChelle Dermaceuticals’ Sun Shield Clear Stick SPF 50.
Which natural sunscreen will you choose?