Swipe Left on these 3 Chemicals in Sunscreen
FINDING THE ONE
We’ve all been there. Finding the right sunscreen can be difficult, especially when you’re concerned about what you’re putting onto your skin. If you’re using the same brand of sunscreen you grew up with, chances are there are toxic chemicals found in the ingredients.
It’s kind of like dating. Sometimes you just gotta swipe left.
TOXIC INGREDIENTS TO AVOID IN SUNSCREEN
The Environmental Working Group says that 56% of beach and sport sunscreen contain this chemical ingredient. It is so commonly used because it absorbs UVB and UVA II rays, but it is also known to absorb through the skin. Oxybenzone is linked to hormone disruption and organ system toxicity.
Not only is it harmful for your skin, but it is detrimental to aquatic life. It’s so harmful that it is now banned in Hawaii to protect its coral reefs. Just go ahead and do yourself a favor. *Swipes left immediately*
This ingredient is also linked to hormone disruption. The Environmental Working Group gives homosalate a four, which is considered a moderate hazard. It enhances the absorption of pesticides, including bug sprays. It does not break down readily, so once it gets into your skin, it goes straight to your blood stream. Do not ignore the red flags.
This chemical is the oldest and most common sunscreen active used to protect skin. But just how protective is it?
Another ingredient that’s linked to hormone disruption? Yep, you got it. It is also linked to reproductive toxicity, AND it’s toxic to coral reefs. Because it is absorbed, octinoxate and oxybenzone both can generate cell-damaging free radicals when exposed to the sun. Octinoxate doesn’t deserve a second chance.
BREAK UP WITH YOUR OLD SUNSCREEN
This summer and every summer, protect your skin. But protect it in a way that’s good for you. If you found any of these ingredients in your current sunscreen, then it’s time to break up with it.
As long as you know what the ingredients are and what to avoid, you can make room for a new sunscreen that’s simply a better fit for you.