This summer, articles keep popping up about known carcinogens in every day sunscreens. In the summer, we often douse ourselves and our family in sunscreen, and it is so important that before we do, we know what we are putting on our skin. Just yesterday, Johnson and Johnson recalled five products of Aveeno and Neutrogena.
“The New Jersey-based company said on Wednesday that consumers should stop using the products and discard them after internal testing found low levels of benzene in some sprays.
The move comes months after online pharmacy Valisure filed a petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), saying it had found levels of benzene that were higher than recommended in several products that provide protection or relief against sunburns, including sprays and lotions.
Benzene is classified as a substance that could potentially cause cancer depending on the level and extent of exposure.”
The whole article is linked here.
When looking for sunscreen, you always want mineral-based sunscreen that is reef friendly. As a beautycounter advocate, I always migrate toward our sunscreen, but know there are plenty of other safe brands out there (as seen below).
This is an excerpt from an article today from the Wall Street Journal below. The entire article linked here.
“For the second time in less than a year, a study of common sunscreen ingredients has established that the chemicals are absorbed into the bloodstream at concentrations far greater than the Food and Drug Administration’s safety threshold.
According to the FDA, if active ingredients are found in the blood at a level of 0.5 nanograms per milliliter or higher, they should be analyzed to determine whether they increase the risk of cancer, birth defects or other adverse effects.
The maximum concentration of the six chemicals examined most recently by the FDA ranged from 3.3 nanograms per milliliter to 258.1, depending on the chemical and whether it was applied to the skin in the form of a lotion or spray.”
My suggestion is to always go to your EWG app/website and see what the sunscreen you are thinking of using is safe for your health and then make a fact based decision based on your findings.
Personally, I can not recommend Beautycounter’s sunscreen enough. We have used it for our daughter since birth when she needed sunscreen and it always performs without fail on her skin, as well as mine and my husbands.
One thing to keep in mind when shopping for safer sunscreen is your FSA/HSA will pay for your Beautycounter sunscreen!
Shop this link and you can save 20% on your first order of sunscreen with the code CLEANFORALL20 – We also offer a 60-day money-back guarantee. You will love it or your money back, so keep that in mind when stocking up. Text your girlfriends and make a bulk order and get 20% off *with the code CLEANFORALL20 your entire order and then pass it out when you meet them at the pool!
Hope this is helpful for your days out in the sun this summer. I highly recommend Beautycounter’s suncreen and I also love love their face SPF topped with our tinted mousturizer with SPF for summer as well!