Better Sunscreen for Beautiful Skin


I often say what you put in your body is far more important for your skin than what you put on your face.

But there’s one exception: SUNSCREEN


Spending time in the sun is healing and healthy, thanks to the natural dose of vitamin D it provides. But that only requires 15-20 minutes a day and without any sunscreen. Prolonged exposure without any protection can cause premature aging, brown spots, skin discoloration, and skin cancer.

Wearing sunscreen is a must. Unfortunately not all sunscreens are created equal. Many contain harmful chemicals that won’t do our health or beauty any favors.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has studied sunscreens since 2007 and recently compiled an updated list on the best and worst sunscreens for you. You can read about their criteria here.


Here are six tips to remember when choosing a sunscreen:

  1. A higher SPF isn’t always the answer. Studies have shown that the difference between a sunscreen with SPF 50 and SPF 100 are negligible. (source)
  2. Avoid sunscreen with vitamin A additives, listed as retinyl palmitate, as studies have shown that it may speed the growth of cancerous tumors. (source)
  3. Look for sunscreens with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide (source)
  4. The ideal sunscreen should protect from harmful UVB rays, but also provide protection against the lower energy UVA rays. (source)
  5. Avoid sprays, as they pose an inhalation risk and are difficult to apply correctly. (source)
  6. Stay away from sunscreens that contain the allergen and hormone-disrupting chemical oxybenzone. (source)

Although there is no perfect sunscreen, there are some that are safer than others.

Here are the top five sunscreens in each category from EWG:

Safer Sunscreens — Beach & Sport

Safer Sunscreens — Moisturizers

Safer Sunscreens — Kid-Friendly


For a natural sunscreen option for sensitive skin, here’s a recipe you can make at home.

To healthy skin and enjoying time in the sun,


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