How to Select a Safe, Chemical-Free Sunscreen

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Did you know your skin is your body’s largest organ? Crazy, right? Yet, unlike other internal organs sheltered by muscle and bone, your skin is left open to the elements like a contestant on an episode of Survivor. So, it’s no wonder why after a few hours in the sun, you start to look like one, too.

To combat the ‘I’m-stranded-on-an-island’ sunburnt look (and all of its health consequences), we humans invented sunscreen: a protective armor that keeps both our epidermis and our dermatologists happy. It’s a win-win! But, what if by lathering up on UV-resistant lotions, sticks, and sprays, we are actually leaving our skin vulnerable to other dangers? After all, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), Melanoma rates have tripled over the past three decades. And that’s despite a growing awareness of the dangers of sun exposure…and a multi-billion-dollar sunscreen industry.

No doubt, sunscreen is a great invention. Essential even. But when it comes to your skin, it’s important to know exactly what you’re buying, what chemicals, minerals, vitamins, or other compounds are in it, and how they can affect your skin and overall health. Because as it turns out, most American sunscreens are not made of particularly good ingredients.

To help you make more informed decisions, we’ve broken down the toxic chemicals for you, as well as some safer alternatives.

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Kimberly Terrell
Kimberly Terrell

Fabletics...in regard to your "healthy" lifestyle blogging...

Elisabeth Perkins
Elisabeth Perkins

Lol really, Kim. Please enlighten me as to why you feel we should not be concerned about some ingredients in sunscreen? From looking at your profile picture, I am going to assume you're a mother. Would you not want to know what was in a certain product before putting it on your children?

Liz Knapp
Liz Knapp

Tell me more about this anti-matter sunscreen...

Shelly
Shelly

Sorry...the lotion and stick each have a rating of 1.

Shelly
Shelly

Actually, EWG's Skin Deep site rates the Honest spray as a 3; their lotion with SPF 50 and stick with Spf 30 each have a  rating, though.

Cupcake0127
Cupcake0127

Purchased the Honest Mineral Sunscreen Spray and can't wait to receive. Nice to know that there are products out there that won't interrupt hormones or worse! Love Fabletics and the great advice. K