In this episode, Ashley and I are so excited because we have been wanting to do this sunscreen podcast for a while now. We wanted to take our time because we wanted to try out all these sunscreens and we bought a lot of them.

Protect yourself and your children from the sun, especially when at the beach, pool, or playground for several hours with these sunscreens. However, not all sunscreens are created equal. Remember, your skin is your largest organ and whatever you put on, your skin will absorb it into your body and your children’s body.

Learn more about sunscreen with Lindsey and Ashley! Enjoy the show!

They share…..

  • Recommended sunscreens
  • What ingredients to avoid and why we chose these based on research. 
  • Applying sunscreen on skin

And many more!

Check out these Highlights:

  • First and foremost, we should all be wearing sunscreen as well as reapplying it every 2 to 3 hours.
  • If you are worried about not getting enough Vitamin D (you need this for strong bones and protect against cancer by providing a strong immune system) then eat a diet rich in Vitamin D as well as take a supplement.
  • A general rule of thumb is if the sun ray’s shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade. 
  • 2 types of Sunscreen:
    • Physical blocker (they reflects the sun rays and usually have zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) and
    •  a Chemical blocker (contain blockers to absorb the sun rays).
  • When choosing a sunscreen flip over the back and look at the ingredients.  Ingredients you will typically see are avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, and oxybenzone. There are some concerns because these ingredients may act as a hormone disruptor and have endocrine-disrupting effects.

*Ashley and I tested out products that were approved by EWG. Environmental Working Group (EWG)*

The products tested on both ourselves and Ashley’s children were mineral sunscreens:

Ashley and I also tested out products that were not approved by the EWG but as an adult, we wanted a light professional look. 

Something to note: I have oily skin and Ashley has dry skin. So some of the below are absolutely loved as they worked well for my skin type. So keep that in mind, when choosing your sunscreen. 

These products are chemical sunscreens: We tried this for our FACES only. 

  • Glo Skin Beauty for the face oil free SPF 40 – we both love – goes on smooth and light and feels like a very light moisturizer. 
  • Circadia light day sunscreen for the face spf 37 – I really enjoyed this one as well. Has the same feel as Glo Skin Beauty – it goes on very light. 
  • Elta MD spf 46 – very light – easily absorbed – no white cast. GREAT for acneic skin.
  • Koola spf 50 – Lindsey and I both loved this one – easily absorbed/no white cast.  This is a little thick but it is absorbed. 
  • Glow Stick Sunscreen – This is Lindsey’s favorite. It goes on clear and glides easily. It is seriously so easy and the glide is incredible. 

One very important thing is that wearing sunscreen can cause a build-up on your face. So it is very important to really wash your face well in the evening. Lindsey suggests doing a  DOUBLE CLEANSE.

Use a gentle cleanser – depending on your skin- gel for oily and cream for dry. Then rinse. Followed by a hydrating toner. Then serum. Then moisturizer.

If we don’t cleanse our face then we will get blackheads and our serums won’t work because it has to fight through the build-up! 

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Links mentioned in this episode:

The EWG lists some mineral sunscreens that are safe:

Color Science options:

  • Tinted Sunscreen/Daily UV Protector SPF 30 Whipped Mineral Sunscreen
  • Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Body Shield Spf 50
  • Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Sport Stick Spf 50
  • Sunforgettable® Brush-on Sunscreen Spf 30

Eminence – 3 types of sunscreen:

  • Eminence Organic Skin Care Lilikoi Mineral Defense Sport Sunscreen SPF 30 (5 oz.) ingredients approved by Ash 
  • Approved by Ash: Eminence Organic Skin Care Lilikoi Mineral Defense Moisturizer SPF 33 (2 fl. oz.)
  • Approved by Ash: Eminence Organic Skin Care Tropical Vanilla Body Sunscreen SPF 32 (5 fl. oz.) * A quick note – I was curious about how they added the scent – they used Aromatic Vanilla Essence which is essentially vanilla beans steeped in alcohol to get the scent. Liked that they used this instead of fragrance. 

*Ash experience with EMINENCE: it’s white all over my face – not sure if I used too much. Also, it shows where my skin is shedding. Hard to rub in. Leaving my face white for a minute then will try to rub it in. 

MD Solar Science – no harmful ingredients – Ash researched:

*Ash tried badger tangerine and vanilla broad spectrum spf35 sunstick on Reeves – he said it smelled good. It felt good. It did not turn white on his skin. 

*I also like the badger sun stick – it doesn’t turn white – super quick to apply and go 

References for this episode:

  • Environmental Working Group (EWG): This is a non-profit organization that is made up of activists who specializes in research on toxic chemicals, drinking water pollution, corporations, etc.  Link to article by EWG: The Trouble With Ingredients in Sunscreens | EWG’s 2020 Guide to Sunscreens
  • Dermatological and environmental toxicological impact of the sunscreen ingredient oxybenzone/benzophenone-3 – PubMed (nih.gov) Dermatological and environmental toxicological impact of the sunscreen ingredient oxybenzone/benzophenone-3
  • 8 Little-Known Facts About Sunscreens | EWG’s 2020 Guide to Sunscreens
  • The science of sunscreen – Harvard Health – study about sunscreen – other ways to keep safe such as
  • The EWG lists some mineral sunscreens that are safe:
  • Badger Mineral Sunscreen
  • Babyganics Sunscreen or spray sunscreen (Fragrance-free and tear-free, also claims to be water-resistant and UVA and UVB protective)
  • Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen
  • Thinksport Sunscreen
  • Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen
  • Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen (if you’ve avoided mineral sunscreen in the past because it makes you white as a ghost, try this!)
  • California Baby Hypoallergenic Sunscreen (claims to be water-resistant and sun protection for 80 minutes)
  • JASON Mineral Sunscreen
  • Sunology Natural Sunscreen
  • Earth Mama Lady Face Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick
  • Raw Elements Sunscreen
  • In chemical sunscreens, some products may have questionable ingredients in them. Try to avoid these because they can go into your bloodstream and have been known to have harmful effects.
    • Oxybenzone / Benzophenone-3. (It acts like estrogen making it a hormone disruptor – can give you low sperm count and may contribute to endometriosis)
    • Octinoxate – hormone disruptor and can be linked to breast cancer and bleaches the coral reef (Heads up – this ingredient can be found in hair coloring, lipsticks, shampoo, lotion)
    • Octocrylene that is not Prop-65 compliant (can produce oxygen radicals that can be damaging to cells as well as cause cell mutations)
    • Fragrances (I always try to avoid this ingredient. It can disguise nasty chemicals. For example, synthetic scents are known to cause cancer, birth defects, reproductive issues, and allergic reactions.)
    • Avobenzone and Benzophenone (skin irritation, a hormone disruptor, and becomes toxic when in chlorine)
    • Phthalates (used to smell good and soften plastics. esp bad for males – blocks male hormones. For females – increased risk of breast cancer and early breast development. Also found in nail polish, lotion perfumes, deodorants, moisturizers, and hair sprays – can be DISGUISED AS FRAGRANCE!)
    • Homosalate (disrupts our hormones) 
    • Cyclopentasiloxane / Cyclomethicone (toxic and bad for marine life)
    • Parabens (hormone disruptors and may cause cancer)

 *****Disclaimer: Ashley and Lindsey are not licensed medical doctors, medical professionals, or licensed health professionals. Both are passionate persons dedicated and focused on living what they view as a healthy lifestyle. These are their thoughts and ideas on how to live a healthy life. Their ideas, videos, posts, comments, communications, literature, and/or services are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness. They do not represent or warrant that any specific diet, food, lifestyle, service, plant, or product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. If you have any health or mental health concerns, issues, or pre-existing conditions, to include interactions with medicine, she suggests consulting a qualified healthcare professional. Always seek immediate medical care for serious or emergency health or medical conditions, including psychological issues such as suicidal thoughts or impulses. For medical emergencies, please contact your local emergency health care services.

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