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Toxic sunscreens, are you wearing one?

By March 5, 2015Blog



It’s that time of year where we are all enjoying the weather outside (even though it’s ridiculously hot in Mt Isa) and one of the best ways to protect your skin is adequate sun protection including hat, sunglasses, appropriate clothing and SUNSCREEN! But what a lot of people don’t realise is that some sunscreens (cheap and expensive) contain toxic chemicals that are doing you more harm than good!

There are two types of sunscreens, Mineral and non Mineral. Non- Mineral sunscreens penetrate the skin and are potentially disruptive to hormones, are an allergenic and release free radicals into the skin when they break down.

Mineral sunscreens are sunscreens that contain either zinc or Titanium. These two ingredients do not break down in sunlight and they do not release anything nasty into your skin! Mineral sunscreens are essentially more effective as well at blocking UVA and UVB rays than non-minerals.

Some chemicals that we need to look out for in sunscreens include:

  • Para amino benzoic acid
  • Octyl salicyclate
  • Oxybenzone
  • Cinoxate
  • Dioxybenzone
  • Phenylbenzimidazole
  • Homosalate
  • Menthyl anthranilate
  • Octocrylene
  • Methoxycinnamate
  • Parabens

As said above these ingredients are used in well known brands of sunscreen that we use daily on our skins, this is putting yourself, your family and friends at risk of potentially absorbing chemicals into the skin that may disrupt hormones, cause allergic reactions, skin irritation, release free radicals and absorb into the blood

At Natural Beauty & ST we only use and stock OCosmedics Mineral Pro 30+, Our mineral Pro contains 20% natural zinc oxide that provides a broad spectrum of UVA & UVB rays , its a sheer, lightweight formula that delivers triple defense protection (wooh hoo!) and is suitable for all skin types, including babies! It also comes in a tinted and non tinted – and for just $45 its well worth it.

So.. what sunscreen will you be putting on your skin next time?