I have used a number of sunscreens since we switched and all of them worked, but since then I have done research to find out that some are a little more chemical laden then I thought. Environmental Working Group is an organization that works tirelessly to rate all of the sunscreens that they can get their hands on. They rate them according to chemicals, too high or too low SPF, the balance of UVB and UVA protection and other factors. It is a good idea to go to this website to check out a sunscreen you have or one that you are going to buy.
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I just ordered sunscreen that ranks a #3 on the EWG list. Usually I try to use products that are 4 or less. I ordered Aubrey Organics Sunscreen for Active Lifestyles. I was using Trader Joe's sunscreen, which ranks a #4, but it contains Vitamin A. According to EWG:
The common sunscreen ingredient vitamin A may speed the development of cancer.
Recently available data from an FDA study indicate that a form of vitamin A, retinyl palmitate, when applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight, may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions (NTP 2009). This evidence is troubling because the sunscreen industry adds vitamin A to 41 percent of all sunscreens.
Due to the fact that people are so scared of skin cancer, we lather up on the sunscreen (makes sense, right). Well, according to US News & World Report, you need about 10 min. of sun exposure WITHOUT sunscreen to get enough Vitamin D. Vitamin D is said to help in the prevention of Osteoporosis, Heart Disease, Cancer, Depression, Insomnia and Immune System problems. So, wait until after you get outside to spread it on.
Check the list and know that you are not polluting your family's bodies when enjoying the sun.