Caution: 3 Dangerous Ingredients in Sunscreen

Once summer hits, I am always trying to soak in as much sunshine as possible. Sunshine= massive amounts of sunscreen, right?! While soaking up the sunshine, I don't prefer to soak up chemicals:)

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I needed to check these ingredients. As I’m sure most of you know or guessed, the results weren’t great.

There are quite a few ingredients you will probably find in your typical sunscreen that will make you think twice about applying it to that precious child’s skin. Top 3 ingredient to WATCH!

Oxybenzone: • According to EWG, oxybenzone is detected in almost every American’s blood. Studies show that oxybenzone has an effect on the endocrine system, which means it effects the glands in your body that make hormones. It can reduce sperm count in men and may contribute to endometriosis in woman. Increased levels of oxybenzone in adolescent boys can lead to lower testosterone levels. The EWG warns against using oxybenzone, especially if you are an adolescent, pregnant or breastfeeding.

Octinoxate: • To make matters worse both oxybenzone and octinoxate (another popular ingredient in most sunscreens) are both harmful to the ocean’s coral reefs. 14,000 tons of sunscreen reportedly end up in the coral reeds every year. If it is affecting the coral reefs what do you think it is doing to your body when you are spraying it directly onto your skin? • Octinoxate is supposed to protect you skin from burns. It is absorbed into our skin quickly and shows up in our bloodstream, urine and breastmilk. Octinoxate has similar effects to Oxybenzone. Your hormones can be affected and trigger early puberty. Hormones control so much in our bodies including insulin. Octinoxate can disrupt that and even affect your thyroid.

Avobenzone: • This ingredient is given a 2 by the EWG, compared to oxybenzone and octinoxate that isn’t bad. The only thing I found funny about this ingredient is its job is to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays, through research I found once it is exposed to sun its only beneficial for around 30 minutes. This is why they add octocrylene to make it last longer. Octocrylene is not a promising chemical. It can damage skin cells and actually increase the risk of cancer and other health issues.

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After learning all this I knew it was time for yet another change in my household. That is when I found Goddess Garden Natural Mineral Sunscreen. I was pleasantly surprised with how well it performed. I have tried both the spray and the kids sport stick. The stick works wonderfully on faces. I loved the spray because you still had the convenience of quick coverage with minimal rub in.

With mineral sunscreen I have noticed it does go on better when applied to dry skin. I typically spray myself and my daughter before we go outside. The minerals reflect rays so you want to make sure you apply enough. Start small and add more if needed and make sure to rub in evenly. Goddess Garden has been our go-to sunscreen this summer and we have stayed burn free!

I would highly recommend you give it a shot; Clean ingredients and it works! -ANNIE

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Hi! I'm Annie, as I work for Buckaroo Organics, I keep learning more and more about nasty chemicals...and this is my "Going Green" journey!