Natural Sunscreens

Natural Sunscreens

With summer in full swing, you might find yourself reaching for the sunscreen more often.  If you care about the ingredients that you put on your skin, make sure you are using a natural sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s sometimes harsh rays. 

sunscreen applicationNatural sunscreens are just as effective as conventional sunscreens in giving you full protection.  You might not know what distinguishes a natural sunscreen from a conventional.  Some of the suspect ingredients found in conventional sunscreens are oxybenzone, octinoxate, and isobutane.  Oxybenzone has been shown to disrupt the human hormonal system. Some other ingredients to avoid are retinyl palmitate which has been linked to increased rates of skin cancer in mice and parabens, which can induce an allergic reaction.

When choosing a natural sunscreen, be sure that it is mineral-based with zinc oxide or titanium.  Natural minerals will sit on the surface of your skin, reflecting the sunlight away from your body.  Conventional sunscreens actually need to be absorbed into your to become effective after 15 – 20 minutes of sun exposure.  When you apply the natural sunscreen, you will find that it doesn’t rub into the skin and it will appear white.

Some brands produce both mineral-based sunscreens and conventional sunscreens, so be sure to read the label.