Sunscreen season is every season but with summer approaching fast you're bound to be outside more than ever. Time spent under the sun is the quickest way to age and damage our skin which is why we recommend wearing a sunscreen all year round. Unfortunately most of the sunscreens we reach for to protect our skin actually harm our bodies and our skin with toxic ingredients. Sunscreens commonly include ingredients that act as “penetration enhancers” to help the product adhere to skin. As a result, these chemicals are absorbed into the body and can be measured in blood, breast milk and urine samples. So, before slathering on your old sunscreen on yourself or your babies be sure to check the label for the following ingredients:
Oxybenzone: Acts like estrogen in the body and is associated with endometriosis in women.
Octinoxate: Shown to have hormone mimicking effects causing biochemical and cellular level changes in the body. In addition to reproductive system, thyroid and behavioral alterations in animal studies.
Parabens: Mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptor.
Why slather on harsh chemicals when you are trying to protect your skin? Suntegrity’s SPF 30 Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen made Environmental Working Group's (EWG) 2016 "Best Beach & Sport Sunscreens" list and received a #1 rating in the Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database. It offers broad-spectrum protection and is free of harsh chemicals like parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic dyes, sulfates, nanoparticles and chemical UV absorbers. It's non-greasy and contains 20% non-nano, uncoated zinc-oxide for therapeutic broad-spectrum protection against the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays and is loaded with antioxidants. We also carry an unscented version for sensitive skin, babies, and those who prefer no scent. Stop in and try it for yourself, your skin will thank you!