Why Natural Sunscreen?
Sunscreens are meant to protect our skin and bodies from harm but some are not as safe as we think.
There are two ways that sunscreen protects the skin from sun damage: with a mineral barrier or a chemical one.
Mineral sunscreens typically include ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which create a physical barrier to protect the skin from the sun. Chemical sunscreens use one or more chemicals including oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate.
EWG – The Environmental Working Group, a NGO watchdog based in Washington has the following to say about chemical sunscreens: “Laboratory studies indicate that some chemical UV filters may mimic hormones, and physicians report sunscreen-related skin allergies, which raises important questions about unintended human health consequences from frequent sunscreen application”. (for the full article http://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/the-trouble-with-sunscreen-chemicals/#.WaAiSCgjHIU)
In addition to this, aerosol suncreens have become very popular lately making them even more dangerous because of the possibility that they might be inhaled.
We need the sun for the Vitamin D it provides, so the dilemma is how to find a healthy balance.
The safer option for protection from the dangerous UV rays is a mineral sunscreen using non-nano Zinc or Titanium as an ingredient.
However, wherever possible, exposure to the sun should be limited during the hottest time of the day (11am to 4pm), apply your VERTE sunscreen liberally and regularly (especially after swimming) and ensure that children wear hats.
Link to EWG organization: http://www.ewg.org/