As society moves toward beauty products that are better for the environment and better for your body, it was inevitable that the debate would move toward sunscreen. Manufactured with chemicals designed to block the sun's rays from penetrating your skin and leading to abnormal moles and skin cancer, sunscreen gets the job done, but at what price? Organic sunscreen provides the same protection against the sun's harmful rays but without any repercussions.
Traditional sunscreens contain ingredients such as oxybenzone that absorbs the sun's rays instead of your skin absorbing the rays. However, that means that your skin absorbs oxybenzone instead. This is problematic because some experts are concerned that oxybenzone is linked to hormone disruption and has the potential to damage cells, leading to skin cancer. It might be linked to early puberty in girls, low sperm count and male infertility, and an increase in hormone-related cancers in men and women. Traditional sunscreens also contain parabens in order to extend your sunscreen's shelf life, but some experts are concerned that it mimics the hormone estrogen. When it is absorbed into your skin, your body could react to it as if it were estrogen and store it in your liver and kidneys. Organic sunscreens don't contain oxybenzone or parabens.
Another thing found in traditional sunscreens and not organic sunscreens is artificial fragrances. Not only bad for those with allergies, the chemicals used to produce these fragrances can also have adverse health effects.
Another benefit to organic sunscreen, in addition to not having any toxic ingredients that are harmful to your body, is that it doesn't have any ingredients that are harmful to the environment. Frolicking in oceans, rivers and lakes, sunscreen tends to wash away and leave chemicals in the water. Organic sunscreen, because it doesn't contain any harmful chemicals, will not be detrimental to the environment and water sources once it is washed away.
Organic sunscreen is mineral-based with active ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These minerals sit on top of the skin, protecting it like a layer of clothing. You don't have to wait around for the sunscreen to be absorbed into your skin for protection; organic sunscreen allows you to apply and immediately go out and safely enjoy the sunshine.
Sunscreen offers an important layer of protection against the sun's harmful rays and the potential for skin cancer. Take a close look at ingredient labels and opt for an organic sunscreen if you want to minimize the amount of chemicals being absorbed into your skin.