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Safer Sun Protection

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in 2011 that they are studying if spray-on sunscreens are safe when inhaled by children. A conclusion has not been reached yet.

However, Consumer Reports has come out warning parents against the sunscreens until the FDA reaches a conclusion.

“We now say that until the FDA completes its analysis, the products should generally not be used by or on children,” Consumer Reports says. “We have also removed one sunscreen spray — Ocean Potion Kids Instant Dry Mist SPF 50 — from the group of recommended sunscreens in our sunscreen ratings, because it is marketed especially for children.”

They went on to say adults can safely use the products but not to spray them on their face and to avoid inhaling it. However, they also said they are harder to use properly.

There is also growing evidence that many of the ingredients in conventional sunscreens, spray-on or not, are harmful. One of those ingredients is oxybenzone. Oxybenzone penetrates the skin, gets into the bloodstream and acts like estrogen in the body. One study has even linked it to endometriosis in older women.

Artificial fragrances, which contain phthalates and other harmful ingredients, are also found in most sunscreens. Along with many other possibly harmful ingredients like parabens, retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), homosalate, and octocrylene.

There are safe sunscreen options out there. Mineral based sunscreens with natural ingredients are your best bet when it comes to sun protection. Here are some of our favorites.

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These are just a few of the options out there. Be sure to look for sunscreens that are free of oxybenzone, parabens, retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), homosalate, octocrylene, and fragrance, use minerals as the active ingredients, and are not spray-on.

Natural sunscreens can be found at most locally owned natural food stores, Whole Foods, Sprouts, Natural Grocers, and other stores where natural products are sold. As always we recommend you check locally owned stores first.

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Lisa Sharp is the founder of Green Oklahoma. She is passionate about the environment and improving Oklahoma for future generations. She also writes on her personal blog Retro Housewife Goes Green.

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