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A major part of optimal hormone health is helping your liver with detoxifying all the toxins that you come across – through what you consume, what you touch, and what you inhale. It seems SO trivial in the grand scheme of things, but speaking from experience and having watched so many clients struggle with ailments all related to suboptimal detoxification, I swear by non-toxic cosmetics, household items, and everyday things we use around the house. Since it can feel like a chore to keep track all of it, I’m here to help you out! Cue the best non toxic sunscreen list. I’ve been trying out different kinds since my babies were born (coming up on 12 years now!) and since the market has definitely shifted towards “cleaner” types of sunscreen and new ones are constantly coming out, I’m sharing my cheat sheet with you right here. First, let’s take a look at the difference between mineral and chemical sunscreen:

Mineral sunscreen physically blocks UV rays by creating a barrier on the skin’s surface that deflects UV away from the skin. Zinc oxide and Titanium Dioxide are usually used to accomplish this and are not harmful when applied to the skin.

Chemical sunscreen absorbs UV radiation, converts it to heat, and then releases it from the skin. The main compounds used in chemical sunscreen include oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and oxtinoxate. I would stay away from all of these as they have been flagged as either carcinogens or hormone disruptors.

In addition to much safer ingredients, mineral sunscreens are also safer for the environment (less likely to contribute to coral reef bleaching) and much more suitable for sensitive skin. I generally stay away from sunscreen sprays since the particles become airborne and can easily enter the lungs, which is a danger in itself, but also because it’s really difficult to get effective coverage, especially on kids. Sprays may be convenient, but it’s not worth the inhalation risk and inadequate coverage to me. So, which ones should you buy? The EWG provides a great guide to sunscreens. I have listed my favorite ones below, after testing them over many summers at the beach, long runs on the trials, and lots of outdoor pool time:

Babo Botanicals Sheer Zinc mineral sunscreen lotion, SPF 30: I love that it’s thick, but not TOO thick and chalky. Provides great coverage and doesn’t have any offensive smells. You’ll want to stay away from sunscreens that have “fragrance” or “parfum” listed in the ingredients as well, as these ingredients themselves can contain hundreds of hormone disrupting chemicals. Opt for a fragrance-free sunscreen instead or one that’s made with just essential oils. Great for the entire family.

Thinkbaby Clear Zinc sunscreen, SPF 50: Another favorite, although this one is a bit thicker compared to Babo Botanicals, so a bit more rubbing is required here. In terms of SPF, you’ll want a minimum of 30, but I have not found a difference between an SPF of 30 and a higher number. You’ll find conflicting reports on this and I think it varies quite a bit.

Solara Go! Daily Defense Soothing Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 30: This is really great sunscreen for the face. My husband uses it as well and though it feels thick at first, it rubs in really great. I usually don’t use a separate moisturizer in addition to this. The boys use this as well for their face and really like it.

Badger Sport Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 30: This may be our family’s favorite, best non toxic and widely available sunscreen for the body. It’s got a nice in-between, not too thick, not too thin consistency and has had the best performance so far. Badger has a couple of different sunscreens to try, so definitely worth a look.

Crunchi Sunlight Body SPF 30: A bit more pricey than the other brands and I’ve only found this one online, but guys: it has a pump! Really convenient for kids and adults alike and I like their face SPF as well. It goes on quite thick, which I know many of you don’t love, but our skin absorbs this really well after some rubbing. The entire Crunchi line of products is non-toxic and you can view a list of their banished ingredients here.

Kora Organics Silky Sun Drops 100% Mineral Sunscreen Serum: I just ordered this one for my own face since I’m a big fan of Kora Organics products, so there’s a high chance this will be a fantastic product as well. LOVE Miranda Kerr and all her work too!

Centella Hyalu-Cica Water-Fit Sun Serum SPF 50 – Say that three times fast! :-). This one’s on my list to try as I’ve been playing around with Korean skin care. Why Korean sunscreen when we have ample choices in the US? It’s because in countries such as South Korea, Japan, and France, sunscreen ingredients may provide broader protection against UV rays due to their formulation. An old US law dating back to the 1930s states that the FDA must test sunscreen on animals since sunscreen is classified as a drug. Because of this, the FDA faces challenges which slows down the approval of sunscreen ingredients. I will be reporting back with my thoughts on this one! If you’ve tried any Korean skin care, I would love to know what you think!

So there you have it. The best non toxic sunscreen options for face, body, and the entire family. What’s your favorite sunscreen right now? What did I leave out of this list? Let me know in the comments!

 

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