is your sunscreen toxic

“Seeing that our skin is our largest organ, it is imperative that we take into consideration what goes into the sunscreen that we are absorbing into our blood streams.”

As the weather gets warmer, the layers come off and more skin is bared. When we get into the warmer months the application of sunscreen becomes part of our daily routine. Our kids never go out of the house without a thick white coating of sunscreen shmear in the summer months. Seeing that our skin is our largest organ, it is imperative that we take into consideration what goes into the sunscreen that we are absorbing into our blood streams.

It’s important to be aware of the dangers of misting sunscreens that can be inhaled and get into mouths and eyes. Most sunscreens contain some harmful chemical components that can be detrimental to our health on a long term use basis.  A few to look for are Oxybenzone which is a penetration enhancer which can cause eczema and other allergic reactions. Experts say that it disrupts hormones and can throw off your endocrine system. Another common ingredient is the chemical Octinoxate which has an effect on estrogen as well as could be a cause of premature aging as it produces menacing free radicals that can damage skin cells. Paraben preservatives can result in developmental and reproductive toxicity.

There are a few alternatives that give us some relief from potentially spreading toxins onto our kid’s tiny systems. A good start to cut down on the chemicals we put on our skin is wearing SPF protective clothing. There are many bathing suits, hats and rash guards that have a protective layer of immunity to the sun’s harmful UV rays. A common sense approach is being careful about the amount of time spent under the direct suns glare especially for younger children.

An important thing to consider is investing in a non-toxic sunscreen. There are many all natural brands that are great alternatives to the over the counter pharmacy bought brands. Some brands we at RMD recommend include Alba Botanica Facial Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 20 for a well-priced, easily absorbed face block that doesn’t block pores. For a waterproof alternative that goes on transparently and can last up to 80 minutes of water proof protection.

This summer season find a way to protect our kiddos without the toxic residue!



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Author: Libby Hudson Lydecker

Libby Hudson Lydecker is a mother of two, a Kundalini Yoga teacher with over a decade of experience, a screenwriter and a Real Mom Daily partner. Libby Serves as the Lifestyle and Wellness Editor for RMD. As Lifestyle and Wellness Editor, Libby brings her wisdom of Kundalini Yoga and holistic life hacks to her articles as well as real world solutions through yoga techniques in her Mindful Mama video series created at RMD. Libby balances her time between her family, teaching Kundalini yoga to women and children, leading women’s yoga retreats in beautiful destinations around the country, writing screenplays and publishing articles for Real Mom Daily. Her ability to balance all of this comes from her strong yoga practice and a stronger sense of humor. Libby relates to Gloria Steinem’s quote, “Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” As well as Yogi Bhajan’s quote, “I don’t believe in miracles, I rely on them.” Libby believes that Real Mom Daily is a forum for women to communicate consciously with kindness, real life perspectives and humor. RMD provides a supportive space for moms to feel understood and share their experiences. “When women gather together in consciousness, we can change the world.” View all posts by Libby Hudson Lydecker

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