Sunscreen 101

After a long (and I mean looong) winter, it's the first beach-worthy day around here! Beach 021Beach 010

'Tis the season to start thinking about sunscreen. Most sunscreen contains laundry lists of toxic chemicals and is now thought to contribute, not prevent, skin cancer. Ew.

Here's some tips for picking out a healthy sunscreen for your family this summer:

  1. No powder or spray on sunscreens - Both of these can easily be inhaled, damaging to the lungs, and cancer-causing.
  2. Avoid 50+ SPFs - Higher SPF generally just means more chemicals. And much like we believe foods that "low calorie" are free passes for gorging, we assume high SPF sunblock makes us invincible in the sun for long periods of time.
  3. No Retinol Palmitate - This form of Vitamin A, when in the sun, may contribute to skin cancer.
  4. No Oxybenzone - This chemical is estrogenic and also can cause allergic reactions.
  5. Check the Safety Rating First - Check your sunscreen on this site to see if it's safe or toxic. Choose a product that that has a safety rating of no more than 2. They even have an app so no worries if you're already in Target ready to buy.