Sun Is Shining, Weather Is Sweet!

by: Angela Sabatasso


SUMMER IS HERE! That means plenty of beach fun under the sun. Before you catch some rays lets chat about something I personally don't believe in: SUNSCREEN

Sunscreens identify active ingredients to filter UVA and/or UVB radiation. Some use synthetic chemicals to absorb UVA/UVB radiation, some mineral-based filters physically block UVA/UVB radiation, and others use both.

When considering what ingredients you would most like to avoid in sunscreen, you need to look at your activities and your preferences. Are you comfortable with chemicals being absorbed into your skin or lying on top of skin? Be aware of the effects some ingredients may have; some are known to cause rashes or skin irritation or there are chemicals that may disrupt your hormones.

Here is a list of common sunscreen and sun block ingredients to use with caution:

- Avobenzone (also called Parsol 1789)
- Benzophenone (benzophenone-3)
- Homosalate & Octy-methoxycinnamate (octinoxate)
- Padimate-O
-PABA (para-aminobenz acid)
-Titanium dioxide (TiO2)
-Parabens (butyl-, ethyl-, methyl-, and -propyl-) are preservatives widely used in cosmetic products that might, like benzophenone, mimic estrogen. Virtually all sunscreens contain parabens, so avoiding takes some savvy label reading.

So, what do I use? Coconut oil, baby! Nature's natural sunscreen. Coconut oil has a natural SPF of 4-5 and contains antioxidants that help protect the skin from harmful radiation from the sun. Obviously that low amount of SPF isn’t sufficient for a long day in the sun, so you can add red raspberry seed oil and essential oils. Red raspberry seed oil has an SPF of roughly 25. Zinc oxide (use non-synthetic) is also known for it’s ability to protect the skin from both UVA and UVB rays.

Happy Summer! :)