By Kathryn Dickinson
We are READY for spring break! After a winter of snow, snow and more snow in Colorado – we can’t wait for sun, sand and relaxation! But with sun comes the endless questions regarding sunscreens, SPF levels and tanning. So, we are here to give you the skinny on all of it!
First and foremost - what type of sunscreen you use is important!
Chemical Sunscreens are a big no-no in our book. Oxybenzone and other chemical sunscreen ingredients (Octinoxate, Homosolate, Octisalate etc) have been linked to cancer, organ toxicity and are considered endocrine disruptors, confusing our hormonal system and impacting everything from our reproductive system (early onset puberty), weight gain and infertility later in life. Instead – we recommend using mineral sunscreens that are physical blocks (they sit on top of the skin and reflect the sun’s rays) are much healthier for you.
In addition to the type of sunscreen, it is just as important to pay attention to the packaging/delivery. While they may be convenient – aerosol/spray sunscreens are not only absorbed in to the skin, but also inhaled! The potential of inhaling chemicals linked to organ toxicity should be avoided at all costs. If you HAVE to use a spray sunscreen – we recommend spraying it in your hands and then rubbing it on to avoid inhaling it.
Here is a list of our favorite products to keep you protected and bronzed this summer!
There are 2 days of vacation that are tough. The last when I have to go home – and the first – when I am the palest person on the beach. But there are ways to safely fake-it-til-you-make-it!