As you know by now, I’ve been taking small steps to swap out beauty, skincare, and household products that aren’t as safe as they should be for safer, cleaner, non-toxic products. I’ve eased myself into learning more and more about the clean beauty world, and honestly, it has been such an eye opening experience! You can read all about my clean beauty experience here!
With the warmer temps approaching (they’re here btw!), I recently started reading more and more about clean sunscreen and why mineral sunscreen is a safer alternative to traditional chemical sunscreens (think, most of the name brands you’re used to seeing and buying … Banana Boat, Coppertone, SunBum, Panama Jack and even Neutrogena). The EWG (Environmental Working Group, a consumer protection agency) shared this list of sunscreens ranked worst to best. The household names you’re used to buying top the worst end of the spectrum.
With that said, let’s dive into why you should consider ditching those chemical sunscreens and switching to mineral sunscreen!
(Be sure to scroll all the way to the end of the post for details on how to get a FREE full-size Mineral Sunscreen Stick!)
Have you switched to a safer sunscreen?
You may have recently seen in the news that chemical sunscreen is finally being questioned for its safety (I didn’t know it was unsafe until I saw the news myself!) and mineral sunscreen is being praised!
According to ABC News: “The FDA announced [Thursday] that it has proposed a rule to declare mineral sunscreen ingredients as safe, specifically zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. The agency said 12 other chemicals commonly used in sunscreens need more research to determine if they can be officially listed as safe, including oxybenzone and octinoxate.” You can read the full article here.
Oxybenzone and octinoxate have been linked to disruptions in hormones in both females and males. See this article by EWG where they breakdown the studies on these two chemicals often found in our chemical sunscreens.
Be sure to check your sunscreens for the chemicals mentioned above if you haven’t made the switch just yet!
Here’s an easy breakdown of chemical sunscreen vs. mineral sunscreen …
Chemical Sunscreens are technically sun filters. The vast majority of sunscreens on the market contain chemical sunscreen ingredients like avobenzone, oxybenzone or octocrylene. They’re called sun filters because they absorb the sun’s UV energy and release it back into the air as heat. They are popular because they provide easy, transparent blendability into the skin (not super heavy or white). This recent article by CNN was a real eye-opener for me regarding chemical sunscreens and how fast the chemicals can be absorbed into your bloodstream. #nothanks
Mineral Sunscreens (physical sunscreens) are composed of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which are physical particles that sit on the surface of the skin and scatter or reflect sun’s rays away from the skin. Mineral sunscreen is not absorbed into the skin nor has it been seen to enter the bloodstream (like chemical sunscreens). Mineral sunscreens are great for people with sensitive skin.
My Favorite Mineral Sunscreens
I threw out all of my old sunscreens a few weeks ago and have been solely using Beautycounter’s mineral sunscreens since. I used a few of the Beautycounter Countersun products while in The Bahamas for our wedding and in Hawaii for our honeymoon. I’m now fully converted!
I also have the Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Mist in the tinted shades, I prefer the Medium/Dark. While the added tan that the tinted mist gives my skin is nice, I only apply it when I’m wearing a dark swimsuit as it does tend to transfer to fabric.
FREE Full Size Sunscreen Stick
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