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Here’s the deal. Last year I put out a post on the EWGs 2017 sunscreen guide and a ton of moms slammed me for it. So to be clearer this year I want to state right up front that ANY sunscreen is better than no sunscreen. My purpose in writing this post is to give you information on what chemicals can be found in most common sunscreens and how those chemicals can affect you and your children.
What you wash your kid’s hair with, paint their toes with, feed them for dinner or slather on their body at the beach is totally up to you. I am not judging your choices. My goal here is simply to help you make the most informed choice.
Yes, I am a little biased being a cancer mom but I refuse to stick my head in the sand and hope for the best. I know too much about the unregulated dangers of our beauty and cosmetics industry to blindly pick products off the shelf anymore. The dangerous and toxic products hide right beside perfectly safe ones on the shelves at our stores.
I’m not asking you to spend twice as much or drive 100 miles to a specialty store. Lots of these products are available at our “regular” stores like Target, Walmart, and CVS. Most are at the same price point as the unsafe brands too.
What types of sunscreens are there?
Chemical filter or Mineral filters are your two choices in storebought sunscreens. Chemical filters are going to include things like oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate.
Mineral filters use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.
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Whats the difference?
Those chemicals that I just listed in the chemical filter sunscreens can cause a whole slew of bad stuff to happen in your body. They show up in breastmilk, disrupt hormones, disrupt the thyroid, cause skin allergies and so much more.
This article from the EWG goes into much more detail and sites specific studies. I suggest reading it and educating yourself. Don’t just take my word for it.
Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide do not pose a risk for skin penetration and have a very low possibility of causing skin allergies.
So if sunscreen can really cause so many issues why are they allowed on our shelves? The short answer is because we don’t really have much regulation in our cosmetics industry. The chemicals in sunscreens were grandfathered in with the FDA back in the 70s and there has been no new regulations or studies done since. Wow.
Ready to find out which products are best for your family this summer? Hop on over to the EWG and check out their 2018 list.
There are several “popular” brands like Neutrogena and Aveeno that can be purchased anywhere made the list. Make sure you are getting the specific product listed as any of the others could have different chemical combinations.
Target is also carrying a bunch of these products both in stores and online. I would be remiss to remind you that Amazon is life and almost all of the sunscreens listed can be found there.
So again, no judgment from me on what you choose to use. But please, if you have stuck with me this far, just check out the list, read the report and at least think about what it is that you slather onto your kid’s skin anytime they are in the sun.