Keeping it real, by choosing mineral based sunscreen

While it is true that spending 20 minutes in the daytime outside without sunscreen will increase our body’s absorption of vitamin D, protecting our skin and our loved ones skin, from sunburn is also important. When choosing which sunscreen, please avoid the chemical sunscreens that contain oxybenzone (found in 70% of non-mineral sunscreens).

Oxybenzone can disrupt the body’s hormones. It mimics estrogens that are associated with a host of female hormonal imbalances such as endometriosis and can alter sperm production.

Good sunscreen options to consider when you are shopping for safer alternatives, are mineral based sunscreens such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which do not always rub in as nicely as the chemical ones but their safety profile far outweighs the small inconvenience. Check out the safety of your sunscreen through the Environmental Working Group’s sunscreen guide

Choosing mineral based sunscreen

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