Wellness Wednesday: The Shady Business of Sunblock

With summer just around the corner and days in the sun becoming the norm, I thought it was an ideal time to give the skinny on sun protection.

We’ve heard it everywhere, stay in the shade, wear a hat, sport sunglasses (even on overcast days), WEAR SUNSCREEN. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States according to consumerreports.com. That is scary especially when you consider how it can be preventable.

DSC_2677Sunscreen is one of our biggest defenses against skin cancer and premature aging. But what if all the lotion you were slathering on before you left the house was not doing the job it set out to claim? How are you certain you know what really is inside the bottle?

That is what consumer report set out to find when testing some of the top brand sunscreens on the market. Results were scary…sunscreens were fond to be diluted, claiming to have percentages that were not even close to the actual amount and filled with nasty ingredients that were doing more harm than good.

DSC_2687Finding the perfect sunscreen is hard. It needs to be non-greasy, fast absorbing, water-resistant, pleasant smell, and non-toxic all while being effective and long lasting. That’s quite the list of requirements for a product that people count on to protect themselves from very serious consequences.

So if I am indirectly putting my life in the hands of a product, I need to do my due diligence on what I’m purchasing and if the product is in fact what it states on the label. I summarized a list of my favorite sunscreens that check all the boxes below and those that fell short.divider

My Simply Fit’s Top 5 Recommended Sunscreens

  1. La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-in Sunscreen Milk, SPF 60
  2. Vichy Capital Soleil 50 Lightweight Foaming Lotion
  3. Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50
  4. Aveeno Protect+Hydrate SPF 30
  5. Sun Bum SPF 30

Top 5 Sunscreens To Leave On The Shelf

  1. Banana Boat Kids Max Protect & Play SPF 100
  2. CVS Babystick Sunscreen and Spray SPF 55
  3. Honest Company Sunscreen SPF 30
  4. Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen SPF 70
  5. Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Clear Mist Spray SPF 15/30divider

I’ve compiled these lists from my own research (including Consumer Report’s findings), trial and error and how they compare to other brands. My guidelines are simple, the ingredient list (I avoid additives such as oxybensone and retinyl palmitate which are toxic), absorption (not a fan of the zinc nose look) and burn factor (some natural ones unfortunately don’t stand up to hours at the beach).

I urge you to do some research on your own and see what works for you. In the meantime, be on the lookout for brands that are claiming to do more than they actually are and ALWAYS read your ingredients!

DSC_2680Hoping you are having a sunny week and looking forward to a wonderful rest of this short work week 🙂

I’m off to walk Finley outside, but not before I apply some sunscreen first!

<3 Megan






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