* This Blog was originally posted on the eCause website on July 26, 2011 Question – How can you pick a safe sunscreen? Which ones are safe, healthy and effective?
Answer – With the help of the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) study on sunscreens.
The known fact about sunscreens is that they help prevent sunburns, but in reality many are detrimental to our health in other ways. Some commonly found ingredients may heighten skin cancer risks while others don’t offer sufficient UVA protection. Most sunscreens give people a false sense of security, leading them to stay out longer in the sun and increase their exposure to harmful rays.
Learn what to avoid when buying sunscreens and understand why EWG favours mineral sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide (either with or without nano-particles), and always be cautious to avoid sprays and powders in this type of sunscreen due to the risk of particle inhalation.
So much information can be difficult to process and may discourage you from wanting any sun this summer, but remember that the sun offers a vital vitamin to your body, vitamin D. In fact, the main source of vitamin D in the body is found in sunlight and offers important health benefits. Vitamin D can strengthen your immune system, reduce your risk to various cancers (including breast, colon, kidney and ovarian cancers) and regulates at least 1,000 different genes governing virtually every tissue in the body. (Source – EWG Sunscreens 2011).
At eCause, our top three tips on safe sun exposure are:
1- Use a natural and safe sunscreen.
2- Look for shade, wear protective clothing and avoid intense sun exposure during peak hours (11am -2:00 PM)
3- Order your safe and recommended sunscreen for this summer in our online eCause Summer Picks eco-boutique!
Now available – Save with our sunscreen family pack, everything you need for everyone in the family.
Wishing you a safe summer full of sunshiny days!
*For a complete list of the sunscreen chemicals, toxicity concerns and associated risks, visit the EWG’s Skin Deep Database and read up on their complete 2011 sunscreen guide.