This weekend proved to be a HOT one in Denver, which means summer is in full swing and the sunburn struggle is real. Re-thinking that second application of sunscreen though so you can work on your tan? Wait till you read these stats:
> Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.
> One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
> One person dies of melanoma every hour (every 52 minutes).
While there are a ton of sunscreen options on the market, not all are created equally. Many claim to be organic and all-natural, but that doesn’t mean that don’t contain harmful ingredients that are terrible for both your health and the environment. The best, environmentally friendly ones are ones that sit on the skin’s surface, scattering and reflecting UV rays. As more natural options are gaining popularity, you’re no longer limited to thick, goopy options.
But wait - what’s wrong with chemical based sunscreen? Common chemical sunscreen ingredients, like oxybenzone and octinoxate, accumulate in the body and are linked to hormone disruption, cell damage, and allergic reactions. Most chemical sunscreen products also contain other synthetic emollients, preservatives, and fragrance ingredients, adding to the toxic load.
Where mineral sunscreens create a physical barrier on top of skin and reflect UV rays, chemical sunscreens absorb UV radiation. This means UVA rays, the type responsible for more serious damage, reach deeper layers of skin.
Fortunately for us, every year the Environmental Working Group comes out with a sunscreen guide to help narrow down your options. We checked it out, and here are our top 5 picks that are under $30, are top EWG top rated, and are chemical free:
For the sporty type:
True Natural Sport Stick (SPF 30)
Take your protection on the road with True Natural SPORT Stick SPF 30 Sunscreen. Safe protection in a convenient stick. Swipe on face and body before sports and outdoor activities. Easy to use and super portable.
Those looking for a spray instead of a lotion:
Coola SPF Spray (SPF 30)
This organic sunscreen is infused with antioxidants AND is manufactured in a solar-powered facility that uses the least amount of energy and waste possible.
For your mini-me:
The Honest Company Sunscreen (SPF 30)
A perfect price for a perfectly kid-friendly lotion. The Honest Company Sunscreen SPF 30 keeps little ones’ skin safe with mild ingredients. Easy to apply and feels good on skin. May as well use on the older members of the family too!
An everyday option:
Goddess Garden Everyday Natural Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 30)
A pleasure to use, Goddess Garden Everyday Natural Sunscreen Lotion contains lightly hydrating, skin soothing ingredients. But don’t let that fool you. This product also offers serious sun protection. Super sheer and easy to apply.
To keep your face lookin’ fly and breakout free:
DeVita Solar Protective Moisturizer (SPF 30)
For protection and anti-aging moisturizer in one, check out Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30+. Made with Hyaluronic acid, this facial sunscreen smooths and perfects while shielding the skin from damaging UV rays. Aloe vera makes this lightly moisturizing sunscreen soothing to skin. Use in place of, or under, your daily moisturizer.