Research shows that 80% of what we apply to our skin gets absorbed into our body. And women especially are prone to this - our skin is exposed to many more toxins than most men, in the form of cosmetics, lotions, body washes, and even cleaning products. In fact, research shows that 78% of those with autoimmune disorders (for example, Hashimoto's thyroid disease, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis) are women! Could our products be a contributory cause to this rise in autoimmune disease?
Now the good news. There is an organization known as the Environmental Working Group that independently tests products and rates them according to their safety (1 being the safest, 10 being the most toxic). Here are a few tips for picking a good sunscreen. Visit EWG website for a list of 2016 sunscreen products that EWG recommends.
1. Don't go for SPF over 50.
2. Avoid retinyl palmitate in your sunscreens. This, and other forms, of vitamin A may speed development of skin cancer. Approximately 15% of all sunscreens have this ingredient.
3. Avoid sunscreen sprays.
4. Zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone, and mexoryl SX are safe sunscreen ingredients.
5. Avoid products with oxybenzone, octinoxate (Octomethoxycinnamate), homosalate, octisalate, and octocrylene.
Stay safe in the sun this summer!