Choosing the natural sunscreen that’s right for you!

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Most commercial sunblock products contain one or more of the following harmful additives: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene,homosalata, and octinoxate, with oxybenzone being the most problematic (since it’s the most common additive used commercially)

Other problems with sunscreen include some manufacturers’ use of retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A that actually increases users’ risk of skin cancer whenex posed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays.Many commercial sunscreen manufacturers synthesize zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, the two most common active ingredients in sunscreen products, into nanoparticle form. This means the particle sizes of these ingredients are made unnaturally small, which poses health risks due to easy absorption.

Your best bet is to choose only natural, sunscreen products containing mineral-based, non-nanoparticle versions of either titanium dioxide or zinc oxide (zinc oxide is preferable), both of which provide physical protection against the sun’s rays without leaching dangerous chemicals into your body and skin.

A few favorable brands include:
✔ Jersey Kids Natural Sun Screen
✔ Dr. Mercola’s Natural Sunscreen Lotion
✔ Badger Natural & Organic Sunscreens
✔ Aubrey Organics

Another great option for sunscreen protection is to supplement with natural astaxanthin, a potent carotenoid antioxidant found naturally in salmon. Astaxanthin is the pigment in salmon that makes these fish pink, protecting them against sun damage. When humans consume astaxanthin, it provides similar natural protection.


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