I'm on a trip with my kids. We remembered to pack all the stuff for the beach, except the sunscreen. I usually buy sunscreen for my kids at Whole Foods, because I'm picky about ingredients. Since we aren't near a Whole Foods, I was stuck buying sunscreen at the nearby Target. My goal was to find a sunscreen that met the following 2 criteria:
1. Sunscreen protection from minerals instead of chemicals
Most sunscreens contain chemical sunscreens that mimic estrogen and are considered to be potential hormone disruptors. I stick to mineral sunscreens (titanium oxide and zinc oxide) which provide a physical barrier. Some people dislike that they can leave a white layer and make you look "ghostly."
2. No other ingredients that I immediately recognize as yucky
I wanted to avoid fragrance (which contains secret ingredients) and parabens, for example. This was really a split-second decision, because I didn't have time to do a bunch of research.
And guess what? I found 2 sunscreens that fit the bill:
Find your sunscreen -- so you can see EWG's evaluation of your favorite sunscreen's UVA protection, UVB protection, and potential health concerns. Here is the information for the Johnson & Johnson Baby Sunscreen I bought, for example.
EWG's Shopper's Guide to Safer Sunscreens -- a pdf with lots of handy info
9 Surprising Truths about Sunscreens: for example -- There’s no consensus on whether sunscreens prevent skin cancer.
What do you look for in a sunscreen?
This post is part of Things I Love Thursday.