The Only Chemical Sunscreen I Like

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I have never even had a desire to go to medical school. Do not use any of the content posted anywhere on this blog to diagnose or treat any medical condition you think you may have. If you need medical treatment please contact a board certified physician or go to an ER. If you don’t believe in the importance of modern medicine I encourage you to watch The Beach in order to witness what happened to Christo.aarons_sttropez

Slim Aarons, “Saint Tropez Beach”, image via Pinterest.

First, I do not recommend using chemical sunscreen on children. I do not use chemical sunscreen on my own children due to the potential risk of bioaccumulation. It is important to use mineral (non-nano) sunscreen THAT IS IN THE FORM OF A LOTION on children older than six months. Personally, I think a good rule of thumb is that they should somewhat resemble a mime.  It is recommended to not apply any kind of sunscreen on babies younger than six months. They haven’t properly developed the ability to sweat and are more susceptible to over-heating and dehydration. It is important they wear protective clothing as well as a hat that covers their neck and ears. If a child between the ages of just delivered and 5 months has to be outside in hot temperatures, then keep them well-hydrated and in the shade at all times. All children should be kept out of the sun when UV-rays are the strongest, which is between 10am and 2pm. Keep the older ones hydrated too. This is my favorite sunscreen to use on my family, so buy it and I will find something else to judge about your parenting. I’m kidding. My oldest ate a healthy, organic breakfast this morning and then wanted Skittles. We are all in this together.

I understand the preference for a convenient spray over applying a lotion sunscreen. Yes, there are mineral sunscreen sprays but sometimes I don’t use them for one reason. I am vain. I hope you aren’t surprised by this revelation since you are reading my beauty-centric blog. I am pale enough and zinc oxide can make my skin look even pastier. If you are dark complected, then mineral sunscreen will leave even more of a white cast on your skin.

I am adverse to chemical sunscreens due to certain ingredients. Avobenzone is considered the ‘safest’ of all active ingredients used in chemical sunscreen. Although, a study released in 2017 indicated that it may produce toxic compounds when mixed with chlorine. Avobenzone breaks down within 30 minutes of being exposed to the sun. Therefore, it requires a stabilizer to prevent this from happening. Many of these common stabilizers  (specifically oxybenzone and octinoxate) have been shown in animal studies to cause disruption of the endocrine, reproductive and immune systems. I am not an expert. However, I cannot help but wonder if there is a direct correlation between synthetic ingredients introduced into food and personal care products, specifically over the last three decades, and the dramatic increase in diagnoses involving cancers and endocrine-related medical conditions.

European sunscreens tend to have a reputation as being “better” than American brands. This is not entirely accurate.  There are chemicals found in various European suncare products that were recently rejected by the FDA for the US market.  A study conducted in 2012 found enzacamene (also known as 4-MBC), one of two ingredients rejected in 2017,  present in wildlife as well as breast milk.  

As per the title of this post, I have recently discovered a chemical sunscreen with an ingredient label I can live with. It provides broad spectrum protection and contains 70% of organic ingredients. It also smells divine. My husband can be sensitive to scents and will complain incessantly if a smell is too strong for him. He liked this sunscreen so much he used the last bottle I had! I have ordered some more and can’t wait for it to arrive.

The product is Soleil Toujours Organic Sheer Sunscreen Mist SPF 30.

Remember, if you are ever on vacation and have to run into a random drugstore because you ran out of sunscreen, any sunscreen is better than no sunscreen at all. 

If you have any questions or comments about anything related to this post feel free to send me a DM on Instagram @reinesoleillesoin








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