Its no secret that skin cancer is a constant threat if you spend a lot of time outdoors. But short of wearing a big hat, pants and long sleeves, you're probably going to get some sun exposure. This is especially true on holiday weekends like the one coming up! So you're going to have to wear sunscreen to protect yourself.
The trouble is, most sunscreens contain harmful ingredients that can have long term affects on your health and the health of your family. For instance, the Centers for Disease Control have reported that the chemical oxybenzone is present in 97% of Americans. This is probably because oxybenzone is a common suncreen ingredient that can be found in 600 of the sun protection products sold in the U.S. What is so bad about oxybenzone? It has been connected to allergies, hormone disruption, cellular damage and low birth weight.
What you're looking for in a sunscreen is a lack of dangerous chemicals, UVA and UVB protection as well as strength against the elements. The Daily Green has put together a list of just such sunscreens, I've posted five from their list below.
- UV Natural: The Environmental Working Group has chosen this as one of the safest, most effective sunscreens available. Their website is HERE.
- Aubrey Organics: Another product rated highly by the EWG. This sunscreen also contains hite camellia, organic shea butter and jojoba oil to improve the health of your skin. Their website is HERE.
- Badger Balm: The number one choice by the EWG. It comes in 30 SPF and combines zinc oxide with natural products to protect your skin. Their website is HERE.
- California Baby: The line of California Baby sunscreens is scattered throughout the EWG's list of top products. They are water resistant and made of sustainably produced organic ingredients. Their website is HERE.
- Dermalogica: This sunscreen is designed for those with sensitive skin. Their faceblock product is a favorite of the EWG. The sunscreen base is made of titanium dioxide, vitamins and anti-inflammatory botanical extracts. Their website is HERE.