May 4, 2010
Think fun in the sun,
But think safe and green
And cover yourself
With organic sunscreen!
Whether you're a regular beach-dweller or you only step in the sun once in a while, sunscreen is of the utmost importance to protect your skin, especially with summer on the horizon. So when you stock up on your UV-ray protection, make sure the product you choose is not only safe for your body, but for the environment as well.
- Chemical Sunscreens can be comprised of estrogenic toxins absorbed by your skin which can affect reproductive health and development. In addition, a study has shown that chemical sunscreens may harm coral reefs, so we recommend natural and biodegradable sunscreens for use on the beach.
- Natural Sunscreens often include plant-based ingredients such as hemp seed oil, shea butter, jojoba oil and coconut oil that naturally provide UV protection - it helps that you can pronounce these ingredients too!
- Reapplying sunscreen and simply using enough throughout the day has a greater effect on protecting you from sunburn and UV-rays than using sunscreen with a higher SPF (and generally a higher price!). If you plan to spend a day outdoors, doctors recommend using a "shot glass" amount to cover all of your exposed skin, and to apply approximately 20 to 30 minutes before heading out in the sun.
Pristine Planet offers "green comparison shopping" and allows you to check out all the natural, organic and biodegradable sunblocks they've found.
Baby Avalon Organics makes an affordable natural mineral sunscreen with organic jojoba and sunflower oils, perfect for both your skin and your little ones'.