|Two of the sunscreens I'll be throwing in the trash.|
That may not have been the best choice. None of my other choices were any better and we've accumulated quite a collection of sunscreen over the last year and a half.
I recently came across the Environmental Working Group's guide Skin Deep: Sunscreens 2012. I started looking at the ratings and realized that the Neutrogena products started at a three (moderate risk) and got worse. The one we've been using almost exclusively is rated a 7, which is the lowest rating it can get and still be in the high risk category.
Risk of what you might ask? Nanomaterials and hormonal disrupters. They're as awesome as they sound. I was particularly disgusted by the bit that explained how certain ingredients "can affect the regulation of the reproductive, nervous, thyroid and immune systems, particularly if exposures occur during pregnancy or childhood." Need to know more? Did you know some sunscreen can increase skin tumor growth and many in the spray form can coat the lungs?
Awesome. I'm super glad we've been using such wonderful stuff.
We'll be buying new sunscreen for the summer, using the EWG's list of best sunscreens to better inform our choices. Maybe we'll even make our own sunscreen. We'll definitely be avoiding the brands that made the Hall of Shame at all costs.
This post is part of Frugal Ways, Sustainable Days, Works for Me Wednesday, Frugal Friday, Seasonal Celebration Sunday, Natural Parenting Group Blog Hop, and Simple Lives Thursday.