As summer comes along, and we spend long days at the beach, it is important to protect our skin from harmful UV rays, but SPF is not the only important factor to consider. Some skincare products contain potentially harmful chemicals. The effects of these chemicals on our bodies could be anywhere between irritation of the skin to increased likelihood of skin diseases. So how does one find chemical-free skincare?
Pure skincare is the solution. Using only natural ingredients, it provides both protection from the sun, but also safety from toxic chemicals. Through the use of pure skincare, one can take the careful steps needed to protect one's skin and body during the summer months. But how does one discern what products to use?A not-for-profit leader in protecting human health, the Environmental Working Group has compiled a database of "1,400 sunscreens, lip balms and moisturizers" listing chemicals used and effectiveness of these products. () This list allows one to see which chemicals are in their skincare products.
A big part of summer skincare is sunscreen. The EWG lists several pure skincare products as their "Top Sunscreens." One such brand is Jason Natural Cosmetics (). Jason Natural Cosmetics' "Sunbrellas: Mineral Based Physical Sunblock, SPF 30+" sunscreen is a pure skincare product from this brand. The EWG gave it an overall ranking of 2 (Recommended) on their Top Sunscreens list. ()
Reviews of the product on included:"When I began to use it (2 years ago) I saw a huge improvement in the skin on my face. I have never once been sunburnt while using this... I really attribute a lot of the credit for my pretty good, pale - but healthy skin to this product.""I purchased this because it is free of chemical sunscreens, parabens and fragrance free. It has a thick consistency and needs to be massaged in well... Once it absorbs in, it feels nice on my skin and does not feel greasy or heavy on my face."
Another pure skincare shopper also described their experiences with the product."I found the Sunbrellas Chemical Free Sun Block... and it worked great... So if normal chemical sunblocks irritates your skin, give this one a try."One common problem with chemical-based sunscreen is irritation of the skin. A possible solution for those with sensitive skin is pure skincare. Beyond helping irritation though, pure skincare is important for our long-term health. The EWG cites recent data from the FDA suggesting that vitamin A (a common ingredient in sunscreen) applied to the skin and exposed to the sun may increase the development of skin tumors and lesions. Furthermore, the EWG states that the FDA does not fully regulate sunscreen producers yet. Instead, the industry must turn to self-regulation � this is where pure skincare producers are important.
Pure skincare is an important step to a healthier, chemical-free lifestyle. With the arrival of summer and fun-in-the-sun, it is important to protect our skin from the sun, but it is also important to protect our skin from potentially harmful chemicals.
For more information on the best pure skincare summer products as well as some tips about how to protect yourself in the sun, see the EWG's Guide to Safer Sunscreen.