May28

Sunscreen: You Knew This Post Was Coming Eventually

Obsessed with this stuff.

Since it’s Memorial Day, you most likely aren’t working and the possibility of it being a beach day is 99.9 percent, I’ve decided a sunscreen post it is.

As a hippie dippy, granola-eating, vegetarian, tree-hugging yogi, I tend to like products that aren’t packed with weid chemicals that may or may not make my skin fall off when I’m 50. A few years back, the EWG put out an article about sunscreens and the scary things in them. The gist of the article: Most of those store-bought sunscreens you’ll find en masse at the drug store may actually be speeding up your chances of getting skin cancer thanks to something called nano-particles and titanium dioxide. Turns out, these nano-particles are really bad for you, but the FDA gave them a stamp of approval anyway and now people are spraying them all over themselves come summer months thinking they are doing a greater good. But it’s not good. It’s not good at all.

So, a few summers back, I tossed out the Coppertone and did some serious research on what to put on my skin not just during the summer months, but every day, too. At the time I was using a Neutrogena SPF 100. Guess what? SPF 100 doesn’t really exist. It’s a marketing ploy. Doctors say there may not really be a sunscreen over 30. I threw that out, too. It was also loaded with parabens. Using the EWG’s chemical report, I opted for the daily moisturizing sunscreen with a high chem-free rating: Devita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30. It’s awesome. I wear it daily. It’s light (I’m oily), and it doesn’t send my skin into freak-out mode (I suffer from extremely sensitive skin). Plus, it’s vegan, works for gluten-sensitive people, contains no GMOs, isn’t tested on animals and comes in BPA-free packaging—a hippie’s dream come true.

Since using it, I’ve tested out other offerings from the brand: Solar Body Block SPF 30, because, yes, you absolutely must wear sunscreen when you go in the sun. The last thing you want to look like is a lobster-baked tourist. And my free sample of the Italian Tomato Leaf Mud Masque, which I used the other day, is awesome. It made my skin feel less oily and put the kibosh on some unsightly forming blemishes. I’m pretty sure I’ll be adding it to my shopping cart the next time I need to re-up.

But back to the point of this post: Even though summer isn’t officially her until mid June, it’s summer in Miami. Cover up. The cheap stuff at the drug store may cause you a greater disservice than it claims. Look into a natural solution this summer. Yes, it may cost a little more, but it’s your skin, the most absorbent organ in your body. Take care of it. It’s going a lot going on underneath.