Soaking Up The Sun...and What Else?

Contrary to popular opinion, I don't wear sunscreen daily. In fact, it's a rare occurrence for me to wear sunscreen. Most of the commercially available sunscreens out there are filled with scary ingredients like oxybenzone, a known endocrine disruptor. In my opinion, most of the chemical sunscreens widely available to us today are misleading, provide a false sense of protection and could arguably do more harm than good.

I am not telling to ignore the advice of your doctor or to never wear sunscreen at all, but I do believe the best option is to cover up with clothing, hats, etc first. If I'm going to the beach or another activity where I'll be in the sun for an extended period of time, that's when I use sunscreen- but only mineral sunscreens. Also, moderate amounts of unprotected sun exposure help your body maintain it's Vitamin D levels. 

Read on to learn a little more about what's in your sunscreen bottle, a few product recommendations & my new homemade sunscreen recipe! 

What's In My Sunscreen?

There's two types of sunscreens- chemical sunscreen and physical sunscreen. Chemical sunscreens are just that- sunscreens that contain chemicals like oxybenzone, avobenzone, and octinoxate. Physical sunscreens (also called mineral sunscreens) create a physical barrier from the sun so the UV rays do not actually penetrate your skin.

Mineral Sunscreens