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Sunscreen is messing with my DNA 
27th-May-2010 02:14 pm
In a timely and interesting post, pictsy noted that many sunscreens have all kinds of chemicals that are evil.

According to this website, my sunscreen is pretty high on the evil scale. *sigh* I will have to go find something a tad less manipulative on the cellular level.

27th-May-2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
From perusing the database quickly (I LOVE the EWG database by the way) it appears that a 7 is the best you can do for the higher spfs. So some research will be needed. Unfortunately their ratings for sunscreen is more complex than that for other products since hey include at rating for efficacy. I really wish they would separate the two numbers.
Looking at yours the big bads are oxybenzone and fragrance. Oxybenzone is a pretty big nasty. and there are alternatives out there especially if your are diligent enough to rub in a mineral based lotion. (harder than it may sound.) Fragrance is an elusive bugger. The problem being that many fragrances are phathalates(an endocrine disruptor, ew). Though since so many people are sensitive to fragrance it is often easier to find fragrance free these days. All said sunscreen is currently my nemesis, I like the idea of mineral bases but the reality can be a PITA. Good Luck.
(Hope that wasn't a mountain of TMI)
27th-May-2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
Rats. That's the same sunscreen I use when I'm going to be in the sun and not wearing my daily SPF-ful moisturizer and makeup.
27th-May-2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
As an added annoyance, their favorites seem to have changed since last year (one presumes new info is available). The one we have was on their top sunscreens list last year, but now is a 3 or a 4. Not terrible, but it looks like there are better options.

Mostly we try to avoid being out midday, but that doesn't always work, obviously.
27th-May-2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
are you using a mineral based sunscreen? If so any tips on getting it all rubbed in? I always think I have it rubbed in and then seem to leave white smears everywhere.
29th-May-2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
It is evidently zinc oxide and titanium dioxide (it is blue lizard brand). I honestly haven't used it much (on the staying out of the sun midday theory) and mostly use it on Rachel when I do use it. It is harder to rub in, but seems to rub in eventually if I don't use too much, although I think it leaves her shinier than other sunscreens (which I would never use on her for health reasons). We have used it on us, too, just not often; again, it takes more rubbing than usual, but seems to work okay.

I guess we will be switching brands, though... Badger or California Baby look good!
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