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Can you suggest a safer sunscreen?
CSM--Carla
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Date: 6/4/08 2:06 PM


I had resorted to using industrial strength cleaner to power off some plastic-y, waxy spots from my bathroom vanity as well as my car windows and seats.

You have to scrape off with you fingernail, putty knife, scouring powder or extreme cleaner--Windex ammonia and all-purpose cleaners don't touch it.

I couldn't figure out what this stuff could be!

When talking to my DH about it, I realized that it was the spray on (Hawaiian Tropic) sunscreen which dried where it had fallen.

Brilliantly, I deduced that it probably never washes off me either.

It occurred to me that maybe I wouldn’t ever want this stuff on my skin—absorbing into my body. Ewwwwww.

(You probably already know that skin absorbs what is put on it: The pharmaceutical industry markets blood pressure medicine, birth control patches, narcotic analgesics, nitroglycerin, and others to be used topically.)

I did a search onto the main ingredient and came across this site:
Environmental Working Group.

I was truly shocked to read that the ingredients in sunscreen are uncontrolled by the FDA-–companies can put anything they want in there and say anything they want about their product. Many of the ingredients are considered toxic.

My body doesn't need the toxic stress added to other stresses.

Reading more, I understood that zinc and titanium that act as physical blockers can be safer. (I also learned, and was surprised that "micronized particles" is the industry word for nano-particles.)

I have read about lots of brands of safer sunscreen and have considered making my own. I'll post some of these if anyone is interested.

Has anyone tried any of these safer sunscreens? Is there a brand that you like?

Thank you in advance.



Carla

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Date: 6/4/08 2:24 PM

Blue Lizard baby or sensitive skin

Aloe Gator, either the cream or the gel

Both are excellent sunscreens, and stand up to water. The Blue Lizard is the barrior type. (The aloe gator is chemical.) I found the Blue Lizard because I wanted to try one that did not have the same ingredients as the Aloe Gator, but would still hold up to some water exposure.

Also, the Clinique City Block is barrior type tinted moisturizer.

We might have had a thread on this at some point. Not positive, but you might find something if you search.

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Date: 6/4/08 3:26 PM

I'm familiar with the EWG site and have never used a sunscreen because I knew of the perils. I also try not to purchase anything with added SPF protection. Actually, sunscreen inhibits your body from making Vitamin D. Wonder why the latest research says that most people are deficient in that vitamin? Granted, it's partly because most work indoors. Repeatedly getting sunburned could cause skin cancer, but the sun doesn't. Also, the latest news is that osteoporosis is caused by a lack of Vitamin D(3), too.



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Date: 6/4/08 3:30 PM

Cool! I don't feel so bad now for not using sunscreen. I am VERY vitamin D deficient and on super high doses. It's a growing problem and many people don't realize they are. Even the current guidelines for appropriate levels are highly debated.

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Date: 6/4/08 3:38 PM

Don't know what you consider a super high dose but I hope you're consuming Vitamin D3 from fish liver oil and not the Vitamin D2 that's sold in the drug stores.

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Date: 6/4/08 4:01 PM

My DD breaks out in bumps from most commercial sunscreens, even the ones that are supposedly 'hypo-allergenic'. We like the California Baby products - they make natural insect repellent too. Lovely stuff, but very expensive!

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Date: 6/4/08 4:35 PM

The Badger brand is supposed to be a "safer" choice for sunscreen--it's active ingredient is zinc oxide--but it has a herbally scent which I don't care for much. I look for non-chemical sunscreens such as those made with zinc oxide or tititanium dioxide (although some cosmetics contain ultra fine "nano"particles of titanium dioxide which have been linked to cancer)

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Date: 6/4/08 5:12 PM

As a scuba diver, I have learned that sunscreen is damaging to reefs and their denizens. What's more, slathering on sunscreen and then donning a neoprene wetsuit will actually cause the neoprene to deteriorate! I now make it a habit to carry a light cotton jacket and sun hat on dive trips, and skip the sunscreen.

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Date: 6/4/08 5:42 PM

Hi AnneM, I did briefly search the boards before starting this thread--and found nothing for sunscreens/sunblocks.

Mikkim, thanks for the advice on the Badger--it is rated the #1 safer sunscreen by EWG.

Lucia/Lyonel --you're right all the sunscreens the thought to be toxic.

I wonder if this brand would be safe to scuba dive with? I ran across it while researching all of this.

Mexitan

That site says it is--what ingredients harm marine life?

I hoped someone had tried some of these brands which were
found to be safe by the EWG:

Badger, Keys Soap Solar RX, ColorScience Sunforgettable, Lavera, Vanicream, UV Natural Sport, Peter Thomas Roth Titanium Dioxide. It could be expensive experimenting with the$e brand$.

Carla

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Date: 6/4/08 5:57 PM

Carla, I like Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunscreen with SPF 30. It protects against UVA/UVB and contains titanium dioxide but no chemical sunscreens. Of course, the best sunscreen is staying out of the sun.

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