When we spend so much time and energy taking care of what we eat and how we exercise, why do we stop with what we put on our bodies? Especially, when it comes to our children? I started researching sunscreen several years ago when I realized how harmful the chemicals in sunscreens could be to our bodies. This spring Doctor Oz did a segment on his show called “Your Sunscreen Might Be Poisoning You.” They have made it into a 3 part video ( I have included part 3 below) giving you the in’s and outs of chemical sunscreens and what sunscreens are safer to use.
See the difference in chemical vs. physical sunscreens below and click through my slideshow for 3 of my favorite (physical) Natural Sunscreens for baby that the whole family can use! (Please note that sunscreen should not be used on babies less than 6 months old.)
Chemical Sunscreen: They are filled with synthetic substances that absorb into the skin and quickly find their way into the bloodstream (“Your Sunscreen Might Be Poisoning You” by Arthur W. Perry, MD at www.doctoroz.com) Good news is they are colorless, odorless and feel lighter on the skin. Bad news is the chemicals break down quickly which means you need to reapply more often. ”Chemical sunscreens function by absorbing UV light. In the process, some may get used up and mutate. Some generate DNA-damaging chemicals called “free radicals.” These may lead to cancers.” ( Perry, Arthur MD.” Your Sunscreen Might Be Poisoning You” Dr. Oz, May,5 2013)
Physical Sunscreen: Physical sunscreens do not break down into the skin. The minerals sit on the surface blocking the UV rays like a mirror reflecting the sun right off of your skin (“Your Sunscreen Might Be Poisoning You” by Arthur W. Perry. MD at www.doctoroz.com). The only downfall is they tend to go on a little white and feel heavier on the skin. However, I’ve seen great improvements to these pit falls in the last few years. The only active ingredients to look for in a physical sunscreen are Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide.