Thinking about spending some time in the sun this summer? Having the right sunscreen is a necessity that you can afford to skip since too much sun exposure is a summer hazard. At the same time, some sunscreen products you’re using could be hazardous for your health and the environment.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in America. Millions of new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed every year, so investing in skin protection is essential. However, the Environmental Working Group discovered that some sunscreen products contain ingredients like vitamin A and oxybenzone that have disrupted hormones and cause skin cancer. Fortunately, a solution seems to be found in eco-friendly sunscreen products.
Eco-friendly Sunscreen Products
When buying sunscreen you should be on the lookout for good ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Many sites have sunscreen products that are free of animal testing. Goddess Garden makes sunblock that is chemical-free and biodegradable, and True Natural has 100 percent mineral-based sunscreen products.
For the ultimate green solution to sunscreen why not make your own? You can find most of the ingredients in health foods stores. The Wellness Mama website lists a recipe for a homemade sunscreen that includes beeswax, zinc oxide, and green tea. Don’t Waste The Crumbs website also has a recipe that includes ingredients like Shea butter, raspberry seed oil, sesame oil, coconut oil and vitamin E. Be sure to consult with your doctor before giving them a try!
Tasty Sun Protection
Changing your diet by including certain tasty treats can help protect your skin from sun damage too. It is reported that spinach can help prevent skin cancer. Tomatoes and red peppers are thought to prevent sun damage. The antioxidants in dark chocolate can also smooth skin and protect you from the sun.
Clothes Made to Protect Your Skin
Another option in skin protection is wearing the right clothes. There are now companies around the world that create clothes with special fabrics that protect your skin. An Australian company known as Coolibar makes jackets, shirts, pants, swimsuits, hats, and umbrellas with SUNTECT fabrics for UVA and UVB ray protection.