Beauty Health

Is Your Sunscreen Safe?

☀️ I get several inquiries a day on what to look for (and what to steer clear of) when it comes to sunscreen, so I am going to do a little breakdown for y’all using Coola Classic Body Organic Sunscreen Spray in SPF 30! ☀️

First of all, the name alone makes me wanna buy this! It sounds too good to be true…organic, classic, sounds cooooling, and on top of all that the packaging it SO CUTE! Almost irresistable…😎

Let me tell you a few things to consider before purchasing this specific item:

👉🏼 All sunscreens require an active ingredient. In this case, Coola opted to use the following:
Avobenzone 3.0%, Octocrylene 6.0%, Octisalate 5.0%, Homosalate 10.0%

👉🏼 I’m going to break down each of these active ingredients for you and explain what they do and the scientific evidence linked to each one:

⚠️ Avobenzone: This is a chemical ingredient and it is one of only TWO effective UVA blockers. UVA rays can cause premature aging as well as skin cancer, so it’s very important to wear a UVA blocker daily. The problem is that this chemical, once exposed to the sun, breaks down in 30 minutes ( Because of this, you will often see Octocrylene listed along side of Avobenzone as a stablizer). As this chemical breaks down, it releases harmful radicals into the body which can actually speed up the aging process and increase the risk of illness including cancer. Additionally, there was a study done that found when exposed to chlorine, Avobenzone can turn toxic, increasing the risk of kidney, liver, and nervous system disorders.

⚠️ Octocrylene: The purpose of Octocrylene is to protect UV blockers and it can enhance their performance. This chemical is absorbed into the skin very easily and it penetrates deeply into the layers. Because of this, it has reactions with many other chemicals that may be in the body. Like Octinoxate, it acts as a photosensitizer, and actually increases the production of free oxygen radicals when your skin is exposed to the sun. Free radicals damage skin, increasing the risk of premature aging and skin cancer. A study that was done in 2006 found that when left on the skin for over 60 minutes, Octocrylene raised the level of free radicals entering the skin to levels higher than that produced by the skin alone when exposed to UV radiation. In other words, it causes more damage than if you had been wearing no sunscreen at all.

⚠️ Homosalate: This is yet ANOTHER chemical that enhances absorbtion of short UVB rays…and it accumulates in the body faster than we are able to rid of it. Sunlight has been shown to break down this chemical into harmful byproducts. It then becomes toxic and disrupts estrogen, androgen and progesterone levels. In addition to direct health concerns following Homosalate exposure, the chemical has been shown to potentially enhance the absorption of pesticides in the body.

‼️ These are just the ACTIVE ingredients in this specific Coola product‼️The inactive ingredient to consider as potentially harmful is “Flavor.” This is just another term for our fave word, Fragrance. I email companies that claim to be non toxic quite often and ask about what their Fragrance is made up of. Every once in a blue moon they disclose the ingredients, and they are pure essential oils! But more often then not they give me the runaround and just tell me it’s a “proprietary blend,” meaning it can be made up of over 3,000 chemicals of which we have no knowledge of.

So what should you look for in a sunscreen?

🌿I recommend using a mineral sunscreen, which means the active ingredients are minerals as opposed to chemicals like the ones listed above. They are also referred to as “physical sunscreens” because they provide a physical barrier between the sun and your skin. There are 2 popular types of mineral active ingredients: Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide.

🌱 Zinc Oxide: Zinc is a natural ingredient, however Zinc Oxide is not naturally-occurring. To get Zinc Oxide, the zinc must be chemically heated and combined with oxygen molecules. The two elements are vaporized, condensed, and formed into a powder that is fine, white, crystallized and sits on top of the skin providing a protective layer…thus not penetrating the skin. A lot of people shy away from Zinc Oxide based sunscreens because of the white film it leaves, but there have been recent developments in particle breakdown, resulting in Nano Zinc Oxide. The benefit to this is that it does not leave a white film…BUT that is because the Zinc Oxide is now able to penetrate into the skin. If you want to learn more about Nanoparticles, I have a whole entire post dedicated to them! Let me know and I will tag you in it! But basically, the jury is still out on whether Nano Zinc Oxide is safe or not. For that reason I recommend looking for Non-nano Zinc Oxide on the label when choosing a sunscreen. There are also many benefits to selecting Non-nano Zinc Oxide:
▪️ helps with inflammation
▪️provides broad-spectrum sun protection 
▪️provides protection from skin cancer
▪️improves wound healing and fights bacterial infections
▪️aids in the recovery of burns/damaged tissues
▪️can help treat acne
▪️keeps moisture locked in to dry skin
▪️ reduces dandriff 
▪️ treats warts
▪️ can help with rosacea 
▪️ can help with melasma
▪️slows aging
▪️ helps with collagen formation

🌱Titanium Dioxide: This is the other option if you’re searching for a mineral Active Ingredient. Titanium Dioxide is UV filtering ingredient that is made out of a fine, white, powder that is derived from Titanium. It is important to not that Titanium Dioxide is ONLY safe in liquid form…if inhaled in powder form it is possibly carcinogenic. One of the great things about Titanium Dioxide is there is very low risks of skin sensitivities. It is great for everyday use because it’s effective at preventing short wave UVA and UVB rays.

😳 I know this is overwhelming info, and the sunscreen aisles in places like Target and CVS don’t make it any easier. So, I am going to list a few options for y’all to consider when making your selection! It’s also important to note that just because this particular Coola spray didn’t fit the bill, there can be other products within that line that do! The ingredients vary so if you have your heart set on this brand, sit tight! In addition to ALLLLL of this, you ultimately have to make the decision based on what’s right for you and your family! We all have different personal preferences when it comes to ingredients and products, and I fully respect that! I am just here to present the facts and aid y’all in the process 💁🏻‍♀️

🧴 Some great sunscreens to consider:

🖤 Crunchi 🖤
🛍 🛍
▫️Crunchi Daylight SPF 30

🖤 Safe & Chic 🖤
🛍… 🛍
▫️Beauty By Earth Sunscreen – SPF 25
▫️Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer, Broad Spectrum SPF 30
▫️Suntegrity Sport Mineral Sun Stick SPF 30
▫️Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen Body – UNSCENTED, Broad Spectrum SPF 30
▫️Mineral Face Sunscreen Cucumber Matte Finish SPF 30 
▫️C2 California Clean C2 Sports Sunstick 
▫️100% Pure Everywhere Sun 
▫️All Good SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen Lotion
▫️All Good Sport Sunscreen Butter Stick SPF 50
▫️All Good SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen Spray
▫️Zatik Solar Mineral Sunscreen SPF30
▫️Kypris Pot of Shade: Heliotropic (SPF 30) Treatment 
▫️Kari Gran Three Sixty Five (Facial Sunscreen) SPF 28
▫️Theoderma MINERAL SHIELD Sunscreen SPF 31 UVA/ UVB

🖤 Pharmaca 🖤
🛍 🛍
▫️Think Baby
▫️Babo Botanicals

* I would like to disclose that I am an affiliate with Crunchi, Safe & Chic, 100% Pure now. I still recommend Crunchi as the absolute safest option, but these other sites have many wonderful toxin free and non toxic brands available to meet everyones needs!


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