3 easy tips to help you select a safe sunscreen
By Carla Snuggs
Disclosure: This post was created as part of the Goddess Garden Organics Ambassador Campaign in which I am a financially compensated blogger. The opinions are my own and based on my own experience.
It’s spring, soon to be summer, and that means we’re outdoors again with fresh air and sunshine! Though we should be wearing sunscreen all year long (ahem), many of us only think about it when the sun is out and the weather is warm.
“Before you slather and go, consider this: many members of the medical community believe that ingredients found in conventional sunscreens are causing hormonal disruption, thyroid alteration, endometiosis in women and may in fact contribute to cancerous tumor growth,” says Julie Featherman, Owner of Jujusalon.com, Hair Stylist, Esthetician, and Green Beauty Expert whose mission is to educate her guests, clients and audience about green beauty and a healthier lifestyle.
There is an active debate among researchers as to whether or not these ingredients, specifically Oxybenzone and Octinoxat, are highly toxic or innocuous. Why wait for the results? There over 100 effective sunscreens out there that do not contain these ingredients, says Julie.
And remember, your skin is your largest organ and capable of absorbing a percentage of what we put on it. Follow these tips by Julie Featherman and you’ll be able to make the healthy choice when it comes to skin protection:
Tip 1: DO choose a natural, mineral based sunscreen that contains titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide because they provide strong sun protection with few health concerns.
Tip 2. DO use a sunscreen that gives both UVB and UVA protection. Did you know that the term SPF only refers to protection from UVB rays, the rays that cause sunburns? Make sure your sunscreen also protects you from the harmful UVA rays that penetrate deep into our skin causing all sorts of mischief!
Tip 3. DON’T buy or use any sunscreen containing Oxybenzone, Octinoxate or artificial fragrances. Stay clear of retinyl palmitate too, a form of Vitamin A, which may speed up the growth of skin tumors and lesions, according to FDA studies.
This is why I’ve been doing a 30 day sunscreen swap with Goddess Garden Organics for Posh Beauty Blog. I’ve swapped out my normal sunscreen for Goddess Garden Organics Natural Sunscreen. It’s a natural, organic mineral-based sunscreen that provides strong sun protection without harmful chemicals.
I love Goddess Garden SPF 30 Sport Natural Sunscreen Lotion and also the Continuous Spray, Broad Spectrum SPF30! Goddess Garden made the first-ever, natural mineral, continuous spray. This convenient spray with trusted zinc and titanium offers broad-spectrum protection from both UVB (burning) and UVA (aging and damaging) rays.
It goes on light and sheer and is water-resistant to provide me with protection from even the sweatiest workouts, like running outdoors, swimming laps and yoga at the beach. Also, it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. Goddess Garden SPF 30 Sport Natural Sunscreen Lotion makes my skin feel super-hydrated. I love the travel sizes because I can just pop them in my purse in case I get inspired to do a workout on the fly.
Check out the natural ingredients in Goddess Garden Sport Natural Sunscreen Continuous Spray:
ACTIVE: Titanium Dioxide 6.4%, Zinc Oxide 6.0%z
INACTIVE: Aloe Vera*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Oil), Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Glycerin*, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Oil*, Lecithin (Sunflower), Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Rubus Idaeus (Red Raspberry) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Xanthan Gum (*CERTIFIED ORGANIC)
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What’s in your current sunscreen? Take a look at the ingredients list and leave your comments below!
Disclosure: This post was created as part of the Goddess Garden OrganicsAmbassador Campaign in which I am a financially compensated blogger. The opinions are my own and based on my own experience.