The Facts on Sunscreen

Sunscreen, hormone and disrupt are three words that I never thought would or should be in the same sentence. But I am about to use them in the same sentence. Non-natural sunscreen has chemical ingredients in it that are hormone disruptors. Not an easy sentence to write or read. Let me explain. The active ingredients in many non-natural sunscreens soak into our skin and get into our bloodstream. That’s why you must wait 20 minutes after applying sunscreen before sun exposure.

Hormone disruptors interfere with hormone function. Hormones usually affected are include estrogen, testosterone, progesterone and thyroid. This can lead to early puberty and premature breast development in girls, small and undescended testicles in boys, low sperm counts, infertility, breast and ovarian cancers in women, and prostate cancer in men*. Yikes!!!

According to the Environmental Working Group, the ingredients that are most disruptive are: oxybenzone, octinoxate, homosalate, octisalate, and octocrylene. Most chemical sunscreens contain one or more of the above. Go and check out the ingredients list on the back of your sunscreen now.

On a more positive note about sunscreen, it is one of the best defences against the signs of ageing. Whether it’s in your moisturiser or make-up it should be part of your daily routine throughout the year in rain, hail or shine.

So if you’ve been turned off by non-natural or chemical sunscreen for life like I have, I  recommend Little Urchin sunscreen. It’s 100% natural, smooth and non-greasy, 3 hours water resistant which is not common for many natural sunscreens, and is broad spectrum UVA & UVB which means it protects both upper and lower layers of the skin. It’s also reef safe so you can swim and snorkel knowing you won’t be harming our reefs. If you weren't aware,  most non-natural sunscreens aren’t good for our reefs and have contributed to coral bleaching. 

*Source: Dr Arthur W Perry


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