There is a huge benefit to being out in the sun! Yes, there is the threat of skin cancer, but the toxins in your sunscreen can cause just as big of risk of cancer! About 3 years ago I switched to non-toxic sunscreen. Just like in makeup, many companies have placed lots chemicals into our products that aren’t needed.
Did you know that the Evironmental Working Group found that almost 75% of sunscreen products they reviewed either didn’t work adequate to protect from UV rays or they contained dangerous ingredients? Some of the major ingredients to avoid in sunscreen include oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate (The Trouble With Ingredients in Sunscreen).
Mineral sunscreens use two main ingredients to protect against the sun: mineral sunscreen and titanium dioxide. Mineral sunscreens usually rate higher on safety better then chemical sunscreens. This is why I choose to use a mineral non-toxic sunscreen instead.
I’ve been trying out some new sunscreens that are non-toxic and totally approved of! Just be aware that there are lots of sunscreens out there that are green washed! You need to check all ingredients to make sure you are buying non-toxic sunscreen.
Four of my favorite non-toxic sunscreens –
Badger Broad Spectrum Zinc Oxide –
This is a great sunscreen that you can find in a lot of health food stores as well as online. I’ve used this for a few years and think it is a pretty good. It doesn’t leave a white cast, however it will leave a bit of a residue on your skin. (Click here to order)
Ingredients – Non-Nano, Uncoated Zinc Oxide 18.75%, Olea Europaea (Extra Virgin Olive) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), and CO2 Extracts of Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn).
Cocos Organics Cover Me In Coco Sun Lotion –
This sunscreen is probably one of the cleanest you will find. It is pretty much full of a bunch of oil and butters which will leave your skin feeling great! (Click her to order)
Ingredients – Non Nano Zinc Oxide, Organic beeswax, organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic golden jojoba oil, organic fair trade unrefined cacao butter, organic coconut pulp, organic CO2 rosemary antioxidant, organic and or wild crafted vanilla absolute or CO2
Laguna Herbals SPF 50 Sun Stick –
The fact that this non-toxic sunscreen comes in a stick is amazing! I hate the feeling of super sticky hands after applying sunscreen. This will require a bit of work to rub in but is a super clean option for you. (Click here to order)
Ingredients – Zinc Oxide 25%, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Organic Calendula Officinalis Flowers infused in Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Non-GMO Tocopherol (Vitamin E).
All Good Coconut SunStick –
This super small stick is great to throw in your purse or carry with you. It also comes in creams and in larger containers but this size is super helpful. (Click here to order)
Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 20% (Non-nanoparticle), Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba Seed) Oil, Cera alba (Beeswax), Sesame indicum (Sesame Seed) Oil, Copernicia cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Persea americana (Avocado) Oil, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Coconut Flavor, Tapioca Starch, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter), Mauritia flexuosa (Buriti) Fruit Oil, Non GMO Tocopherol (Vitamin E).