Want to Protect Yourself From the Sun's Harmful Rays?...Skip the Oxybenzones & Parabens!
What exactly are Oxybenzones and Parabens? You might have heard of the 2nd term before...but Oxybenzones are not as commonly known. This organic compound is a pale-yellow solid that is readily soluble in many organic solvents, therefore making Oxybenzone a prime ingredient for sunscreens. It's also used in plastics as an ultraviolet light absorber & stabilizer, which makes it a prime ingredient for nail polishes, hairsprays, fragrances, & other cosmetics. What's somewhat disconcerting about this compound, is that some medical studies have revealed allergic reactions that are actual triggered upon sun exposure and it has recently been studied for possible hormonal & photoallergenic effects on the body.
There has also been a recent debate in regards to Oxybenzones and them being a potential endocrine disruptor, however the results are still out on that research in particular. Another unfortunate consequence of our usage of this compound in our products, is that it may be effecting coral reefs by causing coral bleaching an die-offs. Currently, there are several countries that have either banned the usage of Oxybenzones in products such as sunscreens or if they do allow this ingredient, it is in limited amounts between 6-15%. As for parabens, you might have heard about these preservatives- they are used in everything from cosmetic & pharmaceutical items, to preserving food.
What's unsettling about parabens when it comes to our skin & sun protection products containing them, studies indicate that when applied to the skin- they may react with UVB leading to increased skin aging and DNA damage. They has also been linked to allergic reactions such as rosacea & contact dermatitis. Although there has been extensive research in regards to breast cancer links, the scientific evidence has show that there is no evidence that parabens cause cancer. However, clinical studies on animals do show that there might be an effect on our hormones- such as estrogen, but the amount needed to cause these effects is much greater than the traditional amounts present in our current food preservation, for example. The EU allows up to 0.4% concentrations in individual cosmetic items.
The Beauty Closet Recommends:
SPF 30 Pear Sunscreen Spray
When it comes to sun protection- I'm super picky...and it has a lot to do with my breakout-prone, sensitive skin! Fortunately, there are brands out there pushing the envelope and trying to create something truly new, when it comes to sun protection and Hint is one of those companies. They have only recently started dabbling in sun protection as they are healthy water company who decided to try out a new venture and I like where they are going! I've been thoroughly impressed with the quality product that they've come up with and the scent is not only unique, but it's something that almost anyone can appreciate and smells fantastic.
The easy-to-use spray-on application and quick dry feature are added bonuses! Free of oxybenzones and parabens, this 30 SPF broad-spectrum sunscreen can even be applied to wet & dry skin- making it a great candidate for on-the-go reapplication, trips, or continual outside action/exposure and those with super sensitive skin. Great for all skin types and void of skin-irritating propellant chemicals that anyone can appreciate. Water-resistant for up to 80 mins., making it an excellent fit for the whole family as well!