Oh friends, this post got to me, especially after researching that first ingredient that can be found in almost all sunscreens. With that, I want to share with you the truth about sunscreen and what is literally soaking into your body during the Summer. Growing up our parents always made sure to lather up our skin with insane amounts of sunscreen. After awhile we realized that just about anything over 30SPF doesn’t count..and now we are finding out the terrifying ingredients that are in these products.
OXYBENZONE: Absorbs into the skin at high amounts, cause allergic skin reactions and may disrupt hormones (can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders). Acts like estrogen in the body; alters sperm production in animals; associated with endometriosis in women. But worse… READ THIS HERE
HOMOSALATE: expected to be toxic or harmful, studies show weak endocrine disruption (an cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders), and sunlight breaks down the chemical into harmful byproducts.
OCTOCRYLENE: may cause allergic skin reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergen leading to contact dermatitis in children (redness, blistering, and itching of the skin)
PEG-100 STEARATE: Studies link to development of toxicity within the body. Some experts even suggest that this ingredient can link to problems with reproductive health and even cancer.
ALOE LEAF EXTRACT: Has been believed that Aloe improves wound-healing and skin inflammation
CERA ALBA ‘BEESWAX’: helps create a thin, protective layer over skin to help prevent loss of moisture and help protect it from environmental assaults
LECITHIN: an emulsifier for the product but it also helps to hydrate, replenish and repair the skin due to its essential fatty acid content.
GREEN TEA LEAF EXTRACT: known for their anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant abilities, and have been shown to inhibit the body’s immune suppression and skin cancer induction that typically follows UVB exposure.
First off, I’m pissed that I let my sister (who is breast feeding) use that Neutrogena sunscreen last month in Vegas (since I didn’t have my Beautycounter one with me)! It also made me think to myself, does it affect someone trying to get pregnant? Not that I am anytime soon, but could those ingredients hinder your fertility? I urge you to read more about the sunscreen you use and if anything take a peek at the Protect All Over sunscreen HERE. And let me know if you want to learn more information.
NOTE: I’m not a doctor (as you know) and all of the information found was through articles and research previously done and through www.ewg.org.