3 Toxic Sunscreen Ingredients And 1 You Can Actually Trust

The importance of using sunscreen protection is to prevent any risk of endangering your skin and overall health. Similar to a great workout or a nutritious meal, there’s an underlying feeling of accomplishment when you’re able to make your kids sit still long enough to have every inch of their skin protected with SPF. But if sunscreen is supposed to benefit us in many ways, why do most brands contain harmful ingredients?

You may have heard that this summer Hawaii was the first state to ban two chemical sunscreen ingredients known to harm coral reefs and the marine life that feeds on them. Here’s a list of 5 chemical ingredients often found in sunscreens -- even those marketed toward children – that you’ll want to steer clear of.

Oxybenzone – Banned in Hawaii. In addition to harming marine life, it’s the most common allergen found in topical sunscreen. According to the Environmental Working Group[1], Oxybenzone is such a widespread issue that it can be detected in nearly every American. This chemical has also been linked to learning disabilities and developmental issues in young children.[2]

Octinoxate – Banned in Hawaii. Octyl methoxycinnamate, also known as Octinoxate, is another common ingredient found in sunscreens. This chemical functions as a UV-B filter to protect the skin from harmful rays. However, The Environmental Working Group[3] considers Octinoxate to be one of the chemicals with the highest toxicity levels for humans. Another endocrine disruptor, this compound can mimic estrogen and interrupt thyroid function.

Homosalate -- A compound found in many sunscreens advertised as ‘waterproof’ or ‘water-resistant’. Homosalate leaves a greasy texture that is more difficult to wash off than other ingredients. Evidence that suggests the presence of Homosalate can cause absorption of pesticides in the human body.[4] There is also evidence that Homosalate, like Oxybenzone, acts as an endocrine disruptor making it especially dangerous for women and infants.

Fortunately, the Earth gives us a natural mineral UV filter that is also safe to apply to our skin and our children. Non-nano size particles of Zinc Oxide are safe for people and our planet.[5] Zinc Oxide -- The active ingredient in Original Sprout’s award-winning Face & Body SPF 27 Sunscreen is the naturally occurring Zinc Oxide. Zinc Oxide provides excellent protection against both types of UV rays - the long wave UVA waves as well as the short-wave UVB waves associated with sunburn and is originally considered the most hazardous to our skin health. Equally as important, Zinc Oxide’s protection from the sun’s rays comes without exposing your skin to toxins, hormone disrupters and other dangers.

The one caveat with Zinc Oxide is the size of the particle used. Nano particles are significantly smaller and can be absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream or lend a hand in diminishing the coral reefs. When choosing a sunscreen, it is important not only to use a safe and natural UV filter, but also to avoid nanoparticles.

Simply put, you can trust Original Sprout sunscreen! It’s safe, natural, and free of nanoparticles because we understand that being a parent is already hard enough.