It’s that time again! Time for sun and the beach and hanging out outside, and of course time for sunscreen. But there has been talk through the hallways about whether or not sunscreen is actually good for you or not because of some of the ingredients. So what do we need to look out for? How do we know that we are indeed protecting our skin?
The first chemical you need to watch out for is called oxybenzone – also referred to as Benzophenone-3. It has been shown to be a likely carcinogen (a substance capable of causing cancer) as well as a chemical that is absorbed into the body. This has also been linked to allergies, hormone disruption and cell damage. This chemical actually reacts negatively with the sun causing all these terrible effects on our system. Some products that contain oxybenzone are: Neutrogena Age Shield Hand Cream (Norwegian Formula, SPF 30), Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging UV Defense Regenerating Lotion (SPF 50), and Replenix Advanced Anti-Photoaging Complex (SPF 45). You think they would shorten the names of those? Holy shit.
A fair amount of sunscreen will have oxybenzone in it, so it might feel like a challenge to find one without it. So 3 different SPF creams without oxybenzone in it are: Natural Sun SPF 25 Sunscreen for Active Lifestyles – this prodect is by Aubrey Organics, and although it doesn’t say on the bottle, it is waterproof/sweatproof – Oat Protein Sunscreen SPF 30 – made by Kiss My Face, water resistant and uses mineral titanium dioxide – SPF 30 Sunscreen – made by Vanicream which is non-comedogenic and uses titanium oxide as well as zinc oxide.
It pays off to read the labels and protect your skin from ingredients like this as well as the sun. Hopefully you find one that doesn’t contain oxybenzone in it! Did you find a different one that doesn’t have it in it?