Be smart in the sun! Ingredients not only matter in the food you eat, but also in the products you use on your body. Most sunscreens have chemically based ingredients and are absorbed into the skin. Physical blockers are usually mineral-based and sit on the surface of the skin, scattering radiation.
What to look for in your sunscreen:
- Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, natural ingredients that block UVA and UVB rays
- Vitamins E and C and green tea polyphenols are antioxidants that may decrease UV damage
- Avoid the chemical oxybenzone since it is a hormone disruptor and skin allergen
- Avoid sunscreens with retinyl palmitate since research suggests a connection between retinyl palmitate and skin cancer
- Look for the words “Broad Spectrum” because this means the product is FDA-regulated and protects against UVA and UVB rays
- SPF 30 (there isn’t a significant amount of higher protection in anything above 30)
My favorite sunscreen, especially for kids, Episencial’s sunny Sunscreen (episencial.com). Unlike other organic and natural sunscreens, this one does not leave white residue on the skin. It absorbs great and smells good too!