So if you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m into “clean living”. It’s a journey for sure! As we head into the warmth and sunshine of summer ahead, I’ve been thinking about sunscreen.
Our skin is the LARGEST organ of our body! Why do you think there are nicotine patches or estrogen patches? Because the product leaches directly into the skin and then through the body. Sunscreen, lotion, perfume, make-up, shampoo, etc. is no different. Don’t fool yourself. Just read the labels on the back of your products and you’ll find a list of chemicals. They penetrate not only your body, but your children’s bodies as well!
There’s a non-profit organization called Environmental Working Group (EWG) which is focused on protecting human health and the environment. Their work has become so respected that they are becoming the gold standard of “clean” quality in the personal care and cosmetic industry through their EWG VERIFIED ™ program. According to their website, “the EWG VERIFIED™ program now features 118 products allowing shoppers to quickly and easily identify cosmetics and personal care items that meet our strictest health and transparency standards.” If you see this on one of your products, you can be assured it has passed the rigorous research of the organization.
So I headed on over to their site (which I LOVE and I think you will find is awesome) and searched for SPF sunscreen. Yup, they have MANY recommendations of “clean” sunscreen products … 235 products meet EWGs criteria to be exact! The Babo Botanical Sport Stick is one that I found with a rating of “1” (the best EWG rating on a scale of 1 to 10). Guess I’ll be heading over to Amazon and ordering my summer supply.
Not only does EWG provide a way to identify clean products, they also warn against the toxic ones. Here’s just one snippet under their “EWG Sunscreen Hall of Shame” section (the page also actually lists the worst sunscreen brands by name):
“There are a lot of sunscreens on the market: some good, some bad and then the shameful.
Those in the last category are not only a waste of money and time but also potentially harmful. Here are our picks for products to banish from your beach bag.
Spray sunscreens can be inhaled, and they don’t cover skin completely.
SPF values above 50+ try to trick you into believing they’ll prevent sun damage. Don’t trust them. SPF protection tops out at 30 to 50.
Oxybenzone can disrupt the hormone system.
Retinyl palmitate may trigger damage, possibly cancer.”
What will you be putting on your children’s skin this summer?