Tips for Choosing a Healthful Sunscreen

1. “Physical” sunscreens are the safest choices because they rely on minerals to deflect the sun’s rays, unlike chemical sunscreens that use ingredients to absorb UV rays and which have been linked to allergies and endocrine disruption.

2. These sunscreens rely on two safe and effective minerals, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

3. Chose a mineral sunscreen that fights both UVA and UVB rays as opposed to some chemical sunscreens that protect only from UVB.

4. Mineral Sunscreens are often less irritating to the skin. Be sure to look for zinc oxide, the most sensitive choice, and oil-free versions to avoid clogged pores and breakouts. Fragrances can also be irritants.

We encourage you to select a healthful sunscreen this summer for you and your family. Remember that the best approach to health is a holistic approach to health; one which incorporates quality foods, good clean water, healthful beauty and household products, and stress free and emotionally stable community support.