It may not feel like it today (Spring, where did you go!?) but the beach and outdoor season is right around the corner! And you know what that means, loads and loads of sunscreen!
There has been an enormous amount of press recently about sunscreen ingredients recently and how the FDA is proposing new recommendations based on the latest science when it comes to safe ingredients and strength. Click here to read more.
There has also been two major bills passed in both Hawaii and Key West, Florida to ban the sale of sunscreen with the two chemical based sunscreen ingredients, Oxybenzone and Octinoxate. The ban is in response to research showing these chemicals have been shown to degrade corals' resiliency and ability to adjust to climate change factors and inhibit recruitment of new corals. Furthermore, oxybenzone and octinoxate appear to increase probability of endocrine disruption.
What should you use instead?
Based off of the latest press announcement from the FDA, of the 16 currently marketed active ingredients, two ingredients – zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are recommended for use in sunscreen. There are also several different articles for recommendations on not only what is in active ingredients, but also what is included in the inactive ingredients (this is where companies can be sneaky!). Click here to go read EWG's sunscreen guide!
Here's what we recommend based off of EWG safety ratings:
Best for Baby
Best for Kids
Best Moisturizer with SPF
Best Local Option
BARE Republic Mineral Lotion SPF at Target
Wondering how your sunscreen holds up for safety? Download the EWG Healthy Living App and give it a scan!