FINALLY! We found a sunscreen that is (1) safe to use (2) not tested on animals and (3) easy to apply. The dream team. I can’t tell you how many sunscreens I have laying around my house that are safe to use and cruelty-free, but such a pain to apply. It’s like rubbing on toothpaste! My husband refuses to use those pasty types, which leaves him using the types with yucky chemicals. Let’s break it down, why is it important to me to use sunscreen (and other body products) that are safe and not tested on animals?
There are two main types of sunscreen: chemical and mineral or physical. Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the sun’s rays. The main ingredients in chemical sunscreens are usually oxybenzone or octinoxate. These ingredients are wide-spread, and found in most brands of sunscreen. So what’s the big deal? These ingredients can be allergens, so definitely no good for those of you with sensitive skin. They also are hormone disruptors, they have been shown to alter estrogen levels in women and have been shown to cause thyroid and behavioral changes in animal studies. These chemicals also permeate throughout our bodies. Studies have even found oxybenzone in breastmilk!
Now onto the good stuff – mineral or physical sunscreens. These ingredients work by blocking the sun’s rays and are not absorbed into the skin. Some of the main mineral sunscreen ingredients are zinc oxide (are you picturing a lifeguard with zinc oxide on his nose?) and titanium dioxide. With mineral sunscreens, it is extremely important to reapply according to directions! Also, they do go on thicker, so really rub it in.
Here are some of my favorite sunscreens, as well as information from the Environmental Working Group if you’d like to learn more about different sunscreen ingredients!
- ThinkBaby Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+, $10.43 from Amazon
- Acure Organics Baby Sun SPF 30, $7.19 from Amazon
- Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream SPF 30, $12.91 from Amazon
I’d love to hear what you think? Any great sunscreens you’ve discovered?