Is Your Sunscreen Wrecking Your Hormones?
Is your sunscreen wrecking your hormones? 

Short answer….YES. 
Unless of course, you have found this natural solution like I have. Then your answer is a happy NO. 

But let’s dig deeper to answer specifically if YOUR particular sunscreen could be on the dangerous goods list. The first step is….Know Your Ingredients

Ingredients to Avoid

Oxybenzone is a key ingredient that can cause photoallergic reactions such as skin burning or rashes after hours or days of use! It's highly absorbent and, according to research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is reported to be a contaminate within the bodies of 97% of Americans.  It is also believed to be a human endocrine disruptor (European Commission on Endocrine Disruption) and can interfere with cellular signaling, cause mutations, lead to cell death, and may be implicated in cardiovascular disease (K.M. Hanson).

While Octinoxate is almost as bad as oxybenzone, its main concern is with how it mimics estrogen in the body, causing hormones to become out of balance which can wreak havoc on your cycles.  It has also been found in breast milk showing just how absorbent it is to us.

Propylparaben, a preservative also known to disrupt the endocrine system.  Simply put, for men or women, this basically blocks receptors so that hormones do not get to where they need to go.  It too mimics estrogen, throwing your system out of balance.

Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A Acetate) – High levels of Vitamin A put all over the body can lead to reproductive toxicity. It can also interfere with cellular signaling, cause mutations, lead to cell death, and may be implicated in cardiovascular disease (K.M. Hanson). The National Toxicology Program also reports that it causes tumors in animals at low doses

Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide are similar in benefits.  They both protect against UV-B and UV-A radiation.

Dangers – Nano-particles (super tiny particles) are supposed to better help protect from the sun.  But,  studies have now shown that the nano-particles cross into the blood stream. The study was on nano-titanium, but we can assume the same possibility with zinc.  It is also very dangerous to inhale either metal.  Some studies show that cellular damage which can lead to cancer can occur if it is inhaled (Sayes CM, Wahi R).

So you can’t inhale it, and you don’t want nano-zinc, but can you use something else?

This Non-Nano Zinc Oxide based cream with skin-loving essential oils and all-natural, plant-based, CLEAN ingredients is all my family uses. We spend every non-rainy day of summer either at the city pool or the lake. The only time we got sunburned last summer was when my littles were learning how to apply their own and missed spots.

I love how we can apply it once….sometimes twice if it’s a real scorcher out, and we’re good. Fairer skinned people may have to apply more often, but at SPF 50, it’s got some good coverage. Just read the label and use common sense.

That being said, it is also the only zinc oxide, natural sunscreen that actually rubs in nicely without leaving you purple or pasty white, AND leaves your skin feeling extra soft and smooth, not greasy and gross.
There are some homemade recipes out there, but be advised…..inhaling zinc oxide is dangerous, so I’m not really interested in having it in my home in its loose powder form. PLUS, you never know what the SPF protective factor is of the homemade recipes. I used one before I found this Mineral Sunscreen and it worked well for me if I applied it frequently enough, but my baby got burned once….that was enough for me. I like to stick with sure things and this Mineral Sunscreen checks all my boxes and more on safety and effectiveness.

I hope you found this helpful in choosing the right source of sun protection for your family. If you like tips like this, check out our Savvy Community. It’s loaded with golden nuggets of fun recipes and tips for cleaner, healthier living for all.

Be well friend!

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