In our post, Choosing the Right Sunscreen - Part 1, we share our awesome and effective facial sunscreen system using all natural products. You don't need to be a rocket scientist to know that you should wear sunscreen, but why is it important to use sun protection that's also eco-friendly and reef safe? There are several reasons, and even if you don't live near the ocean; it's still very important to stop using skincare products with harmful chemicals. Watch this video, and you'll know exactly why:
Most mass produced sunscreens (Coppertone, Banana Boat, etc) are loaded with chemicals that are very toxic to your health and the environment. The harmful chemical, oxybenzone is a common ingredient in many of these sunscreens. But just because a label says "Oxybenzone Free" does NOT mean that it's safe for humans or coral reefs! In fact, The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources advises people to avoid all products that contain oxybenzone/benzophenone, octinoxate, avobenzone/avobenzine, ethylhexl methoxycinnamate, homosalate, octisalate/octocrylene, parabens, “fragrance” and retinyl palmitate. Basically, “if you can’t say it, don’t spray it!” As for aerosol spray products, do we really need to tell you how terrible those products are for your health?!
It's important to use mineral based sunscreens that contain non-nano zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide as their only active ingredients, like Raw Elements. Not only are these ingredients effective at shielding your skin from UVA and UVB rays, they do not pose harm to marine life and the environment. It's very important to read labels of all the products you use on your body. You'll be pretty surprised how many chemicals are in products you use every day!
You can make it even easier to avoid skin cancer by wearing long sleeves, hats, and our favorite: our UPF 50+ leggings (okay we're a tad biased here). When possible, try to avoid prolonged sun exposure during the hours when the sun is the hottest. But do remember, the sun is also our friend, and 20 minutes of sunlight each day is important for vitamin D production, which prevents several other diseases including certain cancers.
So, what's in your sunscreen?
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