Do you check the labels on the food you buy or research where your produce comes from? If you’re nodding your head yes, then you probably value both the quality and source of what you consume on a regular basis. Now, what about checking the label on your sunscreen? We’ve found that many times this crucial protectant is picked up on the fly without much thought about how it might affect your body or the environment. What goes on your skin oftentimes gets into your body which is why it’s so important to know about the safety of the ingredients used in those products!
Though there are thousands of sunscreen options available, not all are effective in providing complete, broad-spectrum protection and many contain potentially toxic ingredients. Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently published their 11th Annual Sunscreen Guide. The online database is a comprehensive review of more than 1500 sunscreens and the “best” ratings are given to products that offer safe, effective protection. We’ve outlined a few things to look for when choosing safe, effective sunscreen for you and your family:
Natural Sunscreens Make the Grade
MyChelle leads the pack as an innovator of natural sunscreen products that provide superior skin—and environmental—protection. We use zinc oxide- and titanium dioxide-based formulas that create a physical, protective barrier between your skin and the sun’s rays. The molecules of these ingredients are too large to penetrate the skin, unlike the chemical UV filters commonly used in sunscreens. These chemical UV filters usually contain nano-particles small enough to soak through the skin and create a chemical reaction, and animal studies have indicated that several common chemical UV filters appear to be endocrine (hormone) disruptors. All MyChelle sunscreens are certified non-nano through two independent laboratories and meet FDA/International SPF test regulations to assure an even, clear application for 100% reflective, photostable mineral protection.
Reef and Marine Safety
Each year, an estimated 4,000 to 6,000 metric tons of sunscreen washes off swimmers’ bodies, devastating delicate eco-systems and contributing to the current global bleaching event. MyChelle was one of the first cosmetic manufacturers to reject marine-toxic ingredients including: Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, Butylparaben, Retinyl Palmitate and 4-methylbenzylidene camphor. These chemicals never biodegrade and have the ability to cause irreparable damage to sea life.
We donate 1% of our sun protection proceeds to Surfrider Foundation, supporting their mission to “… keep beaches open to everyone, promote smart coastal development that avoids coastal impacts, protect ocean and coastal places before they are threatened, ensure the water is clean to surf and swim and the beaches are free of chemical pollutants and plastic litter.” To learn more about this partnership, click here!
Block the Sun, Keep the Fun
Some of our favorite tried-and-true tips for looking great and staying safe while in and out of the summer sun:
- Plan around the sun. Schedule outdoor activities for early morning and late afternoon when the sun is lower in the sky.
- SPF level specifies the amount of time you can spend in the sun without burning, not how strong a product is. An SPF 30 is not tougher than an SPF 15; it just means you won’t need to reapply it as often.
- Apply sunscreen around the eyes. Many skin cancers occur in the lash and lower lid areas because the eyes protrude outward and the surrounding skin tends to attract more harmful UV rays.
- Skip the fancy-schmancy sun towelettes, powders, and oils. Even if these products claim to contain sunscreen ingredients, the levels are very low and offer minimal, if any, sun protection.
- Complete the look. Wear wide-brimmed hats, UV-filtering sunglasses and clothing with 30+UFP protection.
How do you go about finding the best sunscreen for you and your family? The answer is clear: Choose natural, physical sunscreen that is safe for you and safe for the environment. We want to hear your sun safety concerns and/or tips & tricks! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org