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Sunscreen – First Skin Post!

In Skin on July 30, 2013 at 09:57


Every time I had to buy new skincare product, I ended up spending huge amount of time researching for products that did not contain harmful chemicals and would not break my bank.   My information largely comes from the non-profit Environmental Work Group.  They have tremendous amount of information on many consumer products.  Products are rated from a scale of 0-9.  0-2 products are low hazard, 3-6 is moderate and 7-9 is high hazard.  I used them to understand the toxicity of consumer products and then compare many online vendors for pricing and product reviews.

Sunscreen is the first topic.  I mainly purchase sunscreen that has physical blocking agents (zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) rather than chemical blocking agents (for example, oxybenzone is particularly hazardous).

Nearly finished the Beyond Coastal Mineral Sunscreen.  It is unfortunately not listed on EWG.  Looks like the company may have reformulated or repackaged as Beyond Coastal Natural Sunscreen (a rating of 2 from EWG; $8.99 for 4 oz. or $2.25 per oz.).  It is a decent physical sunscreen and repels water really well.  It is easy to apply.  The only downside is that it does turn a person ghostly white.  This is, however, a far superior product then the Goddess Garden Natural Sunscreen ($12.79 for 3.4 oz. or $3.76 per oz.; with an EWG rating of 2 as well).  The products left white specks grains on the skin and it was curdly.  It was difficult to use and did not smell particularly pleasant.  Vanicream ($14.95 for 4 oz. or $3.73 per oz.; EWG rating of 2) is excellent as well.  It is very easy to apply and does not turn the person white.  It does feel greasier on the skin.

Of course, there are other brands that are very good.  Badger sunscreen ($14.19 for 2.9 oz. or $4.89 per oz.; EWG rating of 1), California Baby ($17.99 for 2.9oz. or $6.20 per oz.; EWG rating of 1 or 2) are all excellent products, and they are at the pricey end for me.

  1. I have been using Babyganics Coverup Baby Sunscreen on baby C and its both a physical block as well as one that doesn’t leave white marks. Also much more affordable than the California Baby sunscreen! I think I paid around $9 at Target.

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