💯 Why Do One Better
Like other beauty products, sunscreen can contain a variety of ingredients that could prove harmful on your body, whether it be because you have sensitive skin or the material itself is harmful to humans in general. It's worthwhile to consider a cleaner sunscreen that will shield your skin and leave the reefs alone.
We don't have a piece on the true cost of sunscreen yet, where we will go further into the environmental and human issues and discuss about the future direction of sunscreen.
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For now, take a look at the ingredients below to learn more about why they could prove harmful to you. Also check out other potential brands that we recommend for a more sustainable, ethical and more affordable option!
We want to callout that we are not beauty experts, so we highly recommend you look further into these ingredients through the links we provided below.
🗒️ Ingredients to Watch Out For
We recommend you look into more depth about these ingredients and how they could affect your body. Generally, these descriptions should apply to most people.
- Chemical filters (oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, octinoxate): protect against UV rays but they penetrate the skin and accumulate in our bodies. They also cause damage to coral reefs and cause bleaching.
- Cyclopentasiloxane: soften skin and smooth hair but accumulate in aquatic organisms and are reproductive toxins and endocrine disruptors
- Formaldehyde: A known human carcinogen, with a common sunscreen derivative known as quaternium-15.
- Fragrance: An umbrella term for thousands of chemicals. There's no way to know what makes up fragrance.
- Homosalate: helps sunscreen ingredients penetrate your skin but accumulate in our bodies and is considered a hormone disruptor
- Nano particles: boost sun protection but cause significant developmental disorders in sea life (look for sunscreen that is non-nano grade)
- Parabens: Parabens (methyl-, isobutyl-, propyl- and others): A preservative to prevent bacteria from growing in cosmetics and shampoo that has been found to mimic the hormone estrogen.
- Zinc oxide: scatter the sun's rays, preventing harmful radiation from getting into the skin but are marine pollutants and are toxic to aquatic organisms
Check out some of these brands for a more sustainable, ethical and affordable option. We know that some prices are higher than average (around $4/oz), so we are always on the hunt for more affordable alternatives.
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