I’m sure many of you have seen the news this week about sunscreen, and the findings from a small study that the active ingredients of commonly-used sunscreens end up in the bloodstream at much higher levels than current U.S. guidelines from health regulators. The results of the study have triggered a government safety investigation. But this isn’t really news, for years, organizations and independent groups have been arguing that common ingredients in sunscreen may cause cell damage and mutation and endocrine disruption. In Hawaii and Key West the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate have been banned because of their damaging impact on aquatic life.
It doesn’t mean we should ditch sunscreen altogether, protecting your skin from the sun is important, and luckily there are plenty of options to come on the market without the toxic chemicals mentioned above. With summer (finally) approaching, I’ve pulled some of my favorite sunscreens for face and body at a variety of price points. Not only are these safer to use but they are less damaging to our oceans as well. If you have any other favorite brands you like please let me know in the comments.
Face/Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Supergoop GLOW Screen SPF 40 (*this is not reef safe)
Badger Face Sunscreen SPF 25
Raw Elements Organic Face and Body SPF 30 and also for baby and kids
Erbaviva Baby Sunscreen SPF 30 (great for kids and baby!** Sunscreen is not recommended for babies under 6 months)
For Lips – Coola Liplux