8 Ingredients You Don’t Want In Your Sunscreen

Hitting the beach, hangin’ poolside, heading to the lake… it’s what summer is all about. We all know how important it is to protect our skin while we’re soaking up the sun, however, like mostpersonal care products, sunscreen often contains harmful chemicals that our bodies absorb.

sunscreen-application-sunny-sleevezMany ingredients are especially toxic to children and babies because their delicate systems are not fully developed so they have a harder time filtering out toxins. The FDA does not conduct any safety testing on sunscreen. It is completely unregulated so manufacturers can use any ingredients they want. Does your sunscreen contain any of the following ingredients?

1. Oxybenzone
This hormone disruptor penetrates the skin, enters the bloodstream and behaves as estrogen in the body. They have been shown to cause cell damage that promotes cancer.

2. 4-MBC
4-MBC is a chemical that chemical enters the bloodstream and behaves as estrogen in the body as well. It’s also been linked to cancer. Both 4-MBC and oxybenzone are such dangerous hormone disruptors that scientists are urging parents to refrain from using any product containing either on children but it’s found in most sunscreens, even those made especially for babies.  

3. Octinoxate (Octyl Methoxycinnamate) 
This widely used sunscreen ingredient disrupts thyroid hormone, affects brain... read entire article at Savvy Suburban

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Comment by Kelly Bonanno on August 9, 2013 at 4:12pm

You're welcome! Thank you for letting me know, I'm so happy the information was helpful.

Comment by W. Lion on August 8, 2013 at 8:41pm

Wow! No clue about these dangers. Thank you so much for the info.

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