chemical sunscreen

Sunscreen is supposed to be helpful and beneficial for your skin as it protects it from the sun’s harmful UV rays. It’s recommended that you use sunscreen on your skin, especially your face, every day and apply it whenever you’re going to be in direct sunlight.

Since it’s a protective agent against powerful UV radiation and supposed to be used every day to decrease your chances of getting skin cancer, one would think that all sunscreens are created equal… that they’re created to protect your skin.

Sadly, this is far from the truth since there are troublesome ingredients in many commercial sunscreens, especially chemical-based ones. The primary FDA-approved sunscreen actives include Oxybenzone, Avobenzone, Octisalate, Octocrylene, Homosalate and Octinoxate. These chemical ingredients are what protect your skin in sunlight, however they raise concern because they can actually do more harm than good.

Still not convinced your store-bought sunscreen is not the best choice? Then read on to find out a few alarming reasons why you need to trash your chemical sunscreens!

These harmful chemicals don’t just sit on your skin - they actually become absorbed into your body. This is how these chemicals get into other tissue and organs, which can disrupt bodily functions and increase the chances of cellular mutations that can then lead to more serious complications like cancer.

Chemical sunscreens cannot only result in bad skin reaction, but since they are absorbed into your body they can disrupt hormones. Oxybenzone, for example, acts like estrogen inside your body, which can negatively affect the reproductive systems in both females and males.

Some of the chemicals (particularly Avobenzone) aren’t always as effective as they should be. They can break down when exposed to a combination of light and chlorinated water, so they’re basically pointless in protecting your skin from the sun while in the pool.

Just because the SPF is high on your chemical-based sunscreen doesn’t mean you’re protected the entire day! Really, you’re only good for about two hours before you need to reapply. Many see the high number and assume that they’re good for the entire day… not true!

Besides the aforementioned main chemical ingredients, the inactive ingredients that accompany many sunscreen chemicals are just as bad and controversial. Filler ingredients like Retinyl Palmitate, Parabens, Methylisothiazolinone, etc. can damage your skin and wreck havoc when absorbed into your body.

You shouldn’t have to loose sleep over your health when wearing sunscreen, because there are better options out there including natural sunscreen alternatives. Doctors and other experts recommend Zinc Sunscreen instead of the chemical-based ones because Zinc Oxide particles sit on the surface of the skin, bouncing the UV rays off of your body. That means there’s no chemical reaction at the skin level like there is with chemical sunscreen options. And Zinc Oxide is actually one of the two UVA blocking sunscreen ingredients approved by the FDA so you’re getting Broad Spectrum coverage!

So if you’re looking to add a NEW sunscreen that is chemical free to your natural skincare routine, ZINC IT OVER® Fine + Sheer Sunscreen Facial Mist for use OVER MAKEUP is what you’re looking for! Mineral sunscreen is a better alternative, and ZINC IT OVER® features Non Nano Zinc Oxide, which is the safest, most effective sunscreen ingredient, so you’re getting the protection you want without any harmful side effects. Pick up your bottle now at!

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  • This was so helpful, so many things I didn’t know!

    Brianna Bordette

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