Is your sunscreen toxic?

by Amy Renee
Is your sunscreen toxic?

So…here I am about to head out for my morning run and I just happened to come across an article about the safety concerns of several sunscreens. As you know I’m all about avoiding toxic substances in food, and I’ve been becoming more and more aware of what we put on our skin as well. Think about it – our skin is the largest organ of our bodies! And everything we put onto our skin is absorbed through it and in some cases directly into our blood stream.

Now I know it might seem overwhelming and a lot of you may just think, “well we’re doomed already so why start worrying about it now,” right? NO! I’m not suggesting you totally freak out and get rid of all of your products and start from scratch (although that might not be a bad idea), but for certain products such as those that you apply directly to the skin, especially often (i.e., makeup, sunscreen, lotion, shampoo and conditioner, etc.) and things you soak in like bubble bath or bath salts you might want to be a little more cautious as to what you use from now on.

Now let me be clear. I’m not just talking about minor chemicals that are added to these products. The things found in these things are dangerous – many are neurotoxins and most can cause serious health problems in you and in your unborn child if you are pregnant. Several of these chemicals have been linked to hormonal disturbances, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and more.

I was so disappointed when I came across this news since it took me FOREVER to find a sunscreen that I liked that didn’t cause me to breakout and I assumed was safe. I’ve been using Neutrogena Sport Face for years and now, but I guess I’m going to have to start all over again. But to me it’s worth it. Isn’t it to you?

The good news is that the Environmental Working Group has compiled a list of the safest sunscreens with lists of the ingredients and details about safety, cost, and even where you can purchase the product. I’m looking forward to trying out a few of the brands listed such as the one made by The Honest Company, a great company focused on providing environmentally friendly, cruelty-free, safe products to the public at reasonably low cost. This isn’t a plug. I’m not getting paid for this. I DO get paid if you click through one of the Honest Company banners on my site and purchase a product, but this is literally cents that I get, or a fraction of a cent…depending on what you buy. I just happen to really like the company.

Anyway, if this helps even one of you think more about what products you put onto your skin then I feel like this post is a success. Our world has become a bevy of toxic chemicals that companies are making big bucks off of while innocent consumers are unaware of the adverse health affects they are being subjected to. It’s quite sad actually.

Stay healthy.

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