The Worst Sunscreens to Put on Your Skin

What is lurking in our Sunscreen? Are they Protecting Us or Killing Us?

With summer right around the corner we decided to re-post a previous seasons sunscreen report.  We are eagerly awaiting this years reports and will be posting the current results as soon as we receive them.  

There has been a growing undercurrent of concern about cosmetic ingredients that are deemed safe yet they are far from it.

We are a society that now understands the need to protect ourselves from the damaging rays of the sun.  I am amazed at the variety of choices we now have and I decided to do a little bit of research to see which sunscreen would be best for me.  Much to my horror I learned that the MAJORITY of these products contain ingredients that are so incredibly toxic and damaging I cannot fathom why they are FDA approved.  



Ingredient Name

Use in the USA

Abilty to Penetrate Skin

Hormone Disruption

Allergic Reaction

Report Card

Use in Other Products

Oxybenzone

Widespread

Proven Found in Breast Milk

Yes

High Rate

D

Common

Octinoxate (Octylmethoxycinnamate)

Widespread

Proven Found in Breast Milk

Yes

Moderate Rate

C -

Common

Homosalate

Widespread

Proven Found in Breast Milk

Yes

Low Rae

C +

Common

Octisalate

Widespread

Proven in Lab Testing

No

Rare

C +

Common

Octocrylene

Widespread

No Evidence

No

High Rate

C +

Common

Titanium Dioxide

Widespread

No Evidence

No

None Reported

B + (inhallation concern)

Common

Zinc Oxide

Widespread

Less than .01% of superficial Penetration

No

None Reported

B + (inhallation concern)

Common

Avobenzone

Widespread

Limited Superficial Penetration

No

High Rate

A -

Common


6 other ingredients approved in the U.S. are rarely used in sunscreens: benzophenone-4, benzophenone-8, menthyl anthranilate, PABA, Padimate O, and trolamine salicylate. They should be avoided due to widespread warnings that have caused most manufacters to no longer include them



For a comprehensive list on what sunscreens NOT to by please visit our friends at EWG.



 

Hormone Disruptors are chemicals that, at certain doses, can interfere with the endocrine (or hormone system) in mammals. These disruptions can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders.[1] Any system in the body controlled by hormones can be derailed by hormone disruptors. Specifically, endocrine disruptors may be associated with the development of learning disabilities, severe attention deficit disorder, cognitive and brain development problems; deformations of the body (including limbs); breast cancer, prostate cancer, thyroid and other cancers; sexual development problems such as feminizing of males or masculinizing effects on females, etc



Ability to Penetrate Skin: The chart states where the ingredients have been found and those stating found in breast milk denote the chemicals ability to travel throughout the body rather than penetratate superficially. In other words those not found in breast milk are safer as they do not travel by way of our metabolism..


Allergic Reaction: defines the ingredient to be an irritant to most skin types.


Use in Other Products: defines how commonly used the ingredients are in the Health and Beauty Industry.


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