I am not the kind of person that look through the ingredient list of a product before purchasing it. As long as it’s paraben free then I am sold! But recently I have started to do that, on sunscreens in particular. I learned (shockingly) that while applying sunscreen diligently everyday is essential for good skin, not every sunscreen is actually safe for you.
So this is how I came to the realization of that… I was doing research for a post on sunscreen. I know sunscreens come in two forms. physical (mineral) and chemical; and I wanted to find out what ingredients constitute each form. The results from Google gave me what I want, but something more:
” Chemical UV filters may mimic hormones or cause skin allergies, which raises important questions about unintended effects on human health from frequent sunscreen application. ” ( The trouble with Oxybenzone and Other Sunscreen Chemicals)
And there was a time when I thought sunscreens are all of the good and none of bad!
The EWG website has a full list of the ingredients found in sunscreens and their toxidity you can make reference to. In general, physical sunscreens (with zinc dioxide and titanium dioxide) are safer than chemical sunscreens (often with ingredient names ending in -salate or -benzone). They work by reflecting UVA& UVB, instead of absorbing UVA&UVB like chemical sunscreens do, which are more likely to clog pores and cause skin allergy.
The health risk associate with these ingredients may not be definite, but I believe it’s better safe then sorry; especially it’s something you use on your skin everyday.
I have found some mineral sunscreens with great reviews for you (and for me) to try. Always keep it in mind that sunscreen is the first step to beautiful skin.