This is always a subject I get totally confused on.
I know the necessity of using a good sun cream or sunblock, but the stories in the media about what is safe or not, is totally confusing.
Its not the easiest thing to dig the truth on, from all the different facts being thrown at you.
I wanted to give you some information that I could find, maybe it will give a little clarity?
Just today I was reading yet another article on the THE DAILY MAIL NEWSPAPER, which is now saying that some of the chemicals in some sun creams, have been tested by the FDA and out of six of the main active ingredients, both in the sprays and the lotions.
They had all gone into the blood stream, what I found even more alarming was the length of the time they were still in the blood stream, two were still higher than the recommended time even after 21 days. That is extremely worrying, I don’t know about you, but I hadn’t really expected it to still be there even after a day or two!
Some of these chemicals in question as mentioned are
Octinoxate, Avobenzone, Oxybenzone, Homosalate, Octocrylene and Octisalate.
How many people would actually read and understand some of these chemicals on the back of these products? Again I would recommend the EWG site for searching for a safer sunscreen or any other product or chemical you don’t understand.
One of the chemicals was 360 times more than was recommended! Speechless ! that doesn’t happen very often either!
When our daughter was a baby, we started to look for an organic alternative and found a Hemp sun-cream, which then promptly disappeared from the market.
Wow , just found a link to YAOH which have a ton of Organic Hemp seed products including sun protection in 15 and 30 SPF. A link to what is actually found in this product. They suggest that the 25 SPF is better for children and a purer product , information on this link.
Also in the USA Uncle Bud’s do a 50 SPF great news.
We are still on the hunt, as we now live in France ,and there is definitely more sunshine here, and for a greater part of the year.
SO WHAT IS IN SUN CREAM ? WHAT TYPES OF PRODUCTS ARE THERE AVAILABLE?
This video by GLOBAL HEALING CENTRE and Dr Edward Group.
We all know that it is very important to cover up,and keep out of the sun when it is at its hottest.
We haven’t tried all these products, still hunting through them ourselves.
I am always moaning at our daughter to wear sunglasses, or a cap to shade her eyes.
When she was a baby ,she was easy to get into a lovely big sun hat, and cute sunglasses.
Also the fear of skin cancer is always in the back of my mind.
A link to that subject can be found here by SKINCANCER.ORG which give advice.
There seems to be a difference in the makeup of the different products, one is a mineral base and the other a chemical blend. PHARMACA.COM give some advice about these two types.
Again while looking into this subject it seem a tale of two different continents.
American standards, in some of these products seem to be lacking, according to the report in EWG ( The Non- Profit Environmental Group) as spoken below in the link.
Europe seems to have more choice in products available.
The website EWG is an amazing resource for information. This link explains what is in sun cream.
There is a list of approved Sun creams by the EWG site too. I hope this helps .
This link to the MAYO CLINIC gives the reasons behind how a sun cream functions.
Listing some of the ingredients to avoid in pregnancy.
Also the choice between sprays , creams , sticks and others and how long they should last.
I don’t think there is a perfect sun cream .
I believe you have to look at the level of protection in both UVA and UVB . Then see what ingredients that you are happy with and make a choice.
Firstly I have been trying to find some of the organic alternatives with links.
I have just come across another article, on Sun creams from CNET.COM offering advice on using them and brands that they have looked at.
I wanted to give another view, on what they think are some of the better ones.
SUN CREAM BRANDS
EQ these products are made in France.
I have linked them to an affiliated Amazon site, and also for more information to their website.
They have a variety of products including some ear protection for swimming on their site.
This one is an Organic product – EQ Evoa Organic Sunscreen Cream SPF15 protects face and body from normal sunshine. Ideal Eco-friendly sun protection for skin with a base tan or which is not prone to sunburn.
99.2 percent natural origin, mineral sunscreens, non-Eco toxic on the marine environment
Available in 50 ml tube. They do other formulas too
Mineral based. ingredients on link.
This is a Mineral sun cream again.
OMUCI NOTHING TO HIDE ECO FRIENDLY SUNSCREEN SPF 30
This information from the link says it is made with a few different products , looks really interesting and has some good reviews. They also do moisturisers.
ALOE PURA ORGANIC ALOE VERA SUN LOTION
This has some good reviews .
I think the sun protection in this comes from Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane.
If you put this chemical into the EWG it comes up with some warnings (I think this is a synthetic product) mixed in some areas.
I just wanted to include some where people have given a positive review.
The list of ingredients here is from the Amazon link.
SHADE – 100 ml ALL NATURAL SUN-CREAM
Only four ingredients (info from link )
- Only 4 natural, skin-nourishing ingredients, nothing more, nothing less. We use Organic Virgin Coconut oil, Organic Unrefined Shea Butter, Unrefined Beeswax and non-nano cosmetic grade zinc oxide only! Ingredients on list.
I have never come across this brand before it is sold in a tin container which is a bit different. It does have some mixed reviews and not suitable for in the water.
Also with other products is a company and website called CLEURE who sell safer products including SUN PROTECTION
HOMEMADE SUN CREAM
We haven’t tried to make our own sun-cream.
I wanted to give you some ideas if that is the way you want to go.
LOOKING INTO THE SCIENCE OF PRODUCING YOUR OWN SUN CREAMS
Since I first started looking into the Sunblock products. I have come across this really intelligent website ( which I have mentioned above) who also goes into the science of using certain oils, such as Coconut and Carrot Seed oils as a sun prevention.
LUISA FANZANI explains the complications of how to formulate a sun screen.
At the end of the day, I just want the product that we use to be safe from the sun effects and to be safe for us all to use .
From what I can see on these websites, they use a mixture of Essential oils ( I have heard that some like Coconut oil can be helpful ) also things like Shea Butter.
But up to now, we have always bought the cream, as we have needed it.
Most recipes seem to use Zinc Oxide, others seem to recommend not using a Nano Zinc Oxide that could be absorbed into the skin ,but using one that would sit on top, called Non -Nano Zinc Oxide.
ZINC OXIDE ( non- nano) here are a couple of links to look at Zinc Oxide which from what I can see, is used in production of your own sun cream.
I have found this recipe on WELLNESS MAMA
We have not gone into this , but there seems to be a lot of advice, if someone wants to look into doing your own thing. WELLNESS MAMA has many good recipes for other products available.
I am not sure of the effectiveness of these, it isn’t something we have made ourselves.
As mentioned by LUISA FANZANI even if your skin doesn’t go red, it doesn’t mean it has been effective at a deeper level of skin and blood vessels.
NATURAL LIVING FAMILY this is another link with a homemade sun-cream.Using Zinc Oxide.
DIY NATURAL – this gives another recipe for sun-cream, but also explains the amount of Zinc Oxide needed for different sun protection.
This is a really great site, with a whole ton of ideas, for healthy living and DIY.
What do you use ? what are in these products ? I haven’t used this stuff for so long. I admit to not thinking about it at the time. I was more concerned about streaky legs and orange palms, which is very easy to do when you apply this stuff. Some of this reminds me of the film about two friends getting married ” Bride Wars” a really funny film, where Anne Hathaway goes a lovely orange!
HOW STUFF WORKS gives a detailed account on how these products work and the main ingredients involved.
WHO WHAT WHERE have a list of the 7 Nontoxic Self-Tanners That Deliver Results Than the Actual Sun.
RANK AND STYLE have their Top 10 List of Natural and Organic Self Tanners.
No I haven’t tried this, it reminded me of the coffee they used in the war, to make their false stockings.