It’s (almost) summertime (yay – finally!) and we want you to lotion up with sunscreen to avoid hurtful and harmful sunburns! Growing up, we all learn about the importance of applying sunscreen to prevent dangerous skin cancer. However, as children we don’t usually learn about the dangerous toxins used in most sunscreen brands available on the U.S. market!
If you have followed this blog for a while, you should already know that 1) our skin has the ability to absorb whatever we put on it, 2) there are numerous toxins commonly used U.S. skincare products, and 3) at Betr, we believe that you should never eat or apply something you simply cannot properly pronounce (continue reading and you will see why)!
Considering our three guiding principles, most chemical based sunscreens (available at the drugstore of your choice) become a huge issue. The EWG (short for: Environmental Working Group) found oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate (Do you now see why pronunciation matters!?) in most chemical based sunscreens. Oxybenzone is most commonly found in chemical, non-mineral sunscreen but has been linked to hormone disruption and skin allergies.
Now what can you do? You can simply opt for organic and natural sunscreen (They might be a bit more expensive but worth every penny!) and put on a hat and a t-shirt to avoid long period of sun exposure. If you are spending your day at the beach, make sure to bring an umbrella and/or move to the shade! Don’t ever put your health at risk because you want to look tan during the summer!