Let’s talk sunscreen shall we. With the increase of skin cancer over the years it’s been obviously recommended that sunscreen be used anytime that you’re outside for more than 15 minutes. At the same time, however, there’s also been an increase in the amount of toxins that are in most conventional sunscreen products. The amount of nasty toxins and chemicals used are really astounding. Things that cause changes in hormone levels, endocrine disruptors, even carcinogenic ingredients are being used. Some of the chemicals are heavily linked to infertility.
We take this cream (that’s supposed to keep us healthy and safe) and slather it all over ourselves and our children. Yuck!
With all of that bad news, I’m here to tell you some good news! There are several options and brands available with much healthier and safer alternatives. Companies are starting to realize that consumers are starting to pay attention.
We’re starting to learn.
We’re starting to become educated.
I have looked at multiple options and here are a few things that I have learned along the way the past four years.
Let’s look at DIY first. I tried to make my own sunscreen before. There are actually several DIY recipes that use Non-Nano particle zinc oxide. You all know how much I love DIY, but this is one area where I shy away from. There was a study that showed how DIY formulas that are not mixed and done in a precise way can actually cause miniscule areas to become unprotected. I actually purchased lots of ingredients and tried my hand at making it but now rely on the DIY spray below for small sun exposurea and non toxic Sun screen cream from a few safe companies for longer Sun times.
Heres an easy way to make SPF 15-20 Sun screen spray for small exposures.
You simply take a bottle of Young Living LavaDerm, which is amazing for skin health, then add 20 drops of carrot seed oil which has an SPF of 15-20 and 20 drops of raspberry seed oil (which you can purchase at health food stores or online) which also has an SPF of 20. (You can purchase lavaderm and carrot seed oil here – http://www.tinyurl.com/KellyMcCormackYL).
Add the oils to the LavaDerm bottle and you’ve got a handy 15-20 spf spray.
I don’t think this is a bad alternative for small Sun exposures but for being outside for prolonged period of time I want to rely on non DIY. So, I began looking into lots of healthier brands.
Environmental working group (EWG) has an amazing list of resources to help you figure out what are some healthier Alternatives. You can find them at: http://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/
Another great resource to help figure out what products are saved is the Think Dirty app. You can go to your Google or Android App Store and download it for free.
These are the four products that my family uses.
As you can see, there are multiple Brands and products are available to keep our families safe and protected from the Sun but at the same time not rubbing chemicals and toxins all over. All of these products are rated 4 or lower period and can be found at multiple places.
Enjoy the summer!