Summer in New England is sneaking up on us and it's time to start thinking about sun protection. It's important to do your research because not all sunscreens are created equally. Recently significant research has been done to lean more about the ingredients used in sunscreens and which ingredients are best for our bodies and our environment. There are two main types of sunscreen. Those made with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide and those made with octinoxate or oxybenzone. The difference between these two types is that zinc oxide and titanium dioxide form a barrier against the skin where octinoxate and oxybenzone are absorbed into the skin. The latter have also been found to have a higher toxicity content which is of greater concern because it is being absorbed into the skin.
The Environmental Working Group is a non-profit organization that researches the content of sunscreen on the market and rates each one on a scale of 0 - 10. 0 being the least toxic. They have also set up the Skin Deep Database which is commonly used by consumers to conduct their own product research.
Companies submit their ingredient list for each product and any information they've obtained about the contents and EWG takes it from there. Each product gets a full breakdown for each ingredient explaining the rating.
In the top four of EWG's sunscreen rating list are three W.S. Badger Company products. Locally made in Gilsum, NH Badger's SPF30 lightly scented, SPF 30 unscented and their SPF30 all season face stick all received the ultimate 0 rating. Badger is a family run business using pure and effective natural ingredients. Badger donates 10% of their before tax sales or $10,000 (whichever is greater) to various non-profit organizations. These products allow you to do something good for your family and community with one simple purchase.
To get far more detailed information on sunscreen safety click here for an article from EWG.