Monday, July 14, 2014

The Healthiest Sunscreen For Your Kids

 Zinc Oxide and seed oil are the safest, most effective natural SPF for your kids (and adults, too for that matter). Below is a list of scary ingredients in common (the majority) sunscreens. I'd rather not slather that on my little one with a harmful, toxic, chemicals that will do more harm than the sun, thank you very much.

  • Oxybenzone – The most commonly used ingredient in toxic sunscreens. It acts like estrogen, alters sperm count,  causes hormonal disruptions, and linked to endometriosis.
  • Homosalate – Disrupts estrogen & progesterone production
  • Octocrylene – High rate of skin allergies
  • Avobenzone - Linked to cancer
  • Octisalate – Environmental toxin
Sunscreen is designed to block UV rays. But while it’s at it, it also blocks vitamin D. Low levels of vitamin D can lead to:
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Heart disease
  • Common colds & flu
  • Skin cancer
Wait….what?!? Low levels of vitamin D can lead to skin cancer. And sunscreen blocks vitamin D, thus increasing our chances of skin cancer?? That seems a bit counterproductive, doesn’t it?
The best way to get more vitamin D is by taking fermented cod liver oil (FCLO) everyday. Read more about FCLO here and find it here. In addition to having lots of vitamin D, FCLO is an anti-inflammatory. A sunburn is inflammation of the skin caused by UV rays. Therefore, FCLO helps prevent sun damage before it starts.  Keep in mind that not all cod liver oils are made the same. You want fermented, vitamin rich cod liver oil. FCLO is one of the best natural sunscreens you can find.

DIY Natural Sunscreen

Making a nontoxic, DIY, natural sunscreen is easy. Here is a list of natural sunscreen  ingredients that provide sun protection when applied topically:
ThinkBaby brand (found here) and Neutrogena Pure & Free (found here) are two of the safest sunscreens out there. 


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