It's here, you guys.
Spring. Sunshine. I'd even call days like today almost summer weather.
I'm laying in bed with a sunburn tonight, because I played in our High School Ministry kickball tournament outside in the blazing 80-something degree sun for 4 hours today without any sunscreen. Oops!!!
I forgot to take some, and I also didn't want to borrow any because I knew that most sunscreens have terrible ingredients in them that almost end up harming our skin even more than the sun itself. So I chose to just burn.
Then in perfect timing my sister shared this link today on Facebook about harmful sunscreens to avoid. It highlights 2 ingredients to avoid in any sunscreen:
- Oxybenzone - it's a hormone disruptor
- Retinyl Palmitate - aka Retinol, or Vitamin A, but it's also a hormone disruptor and can even cause more skin damage when it's combined with the sun
I now believe this wholeheartedly, because for the last few years I'd noticed these incredibly tiny blister-like bumps breaking out on my body anytime I was in the sun but after I had used sunscreen. I freaked out a few times wondering if I had some type of sun poisoning, but it turns out I'm pretty certain the sunscreen I was using probably had Retinyl Palmitate in it and was doing more damage to my skin than helping. Yikes.
Since others have done the research on all this, I'm just sharing their links.
Here is EWG's 11 Worst Sunscreens for Kids list.
Here is a list of some safer sunscreen options for babies/kids (even found in drugstores).
And for adults, this would be my recommendation right here: Beautycounter's sunscreen stick ($18) or their All-over Sunscreen in the lotion form ($32).
I'm about to order myself one of those so I can enjoy my pool time this summer without the burning or the blistery bumps! Happy sunning!