19 Jun Did you know that sunscreen…
…that is, conventional chemical-based sunscreens, contain ingredients that are not only extremely harmful to our health, but also to our beloved lakes? It may be hard to think that slathering on a little sunscreen can actually harm our lakes (not to mention the reefs while you’re away on vacation) but in reality it does have an impact.
With the important education to protect our skin from sun damage, that means the number of people swimming in our lakes with chemical sunscreen on is HUGE. The chemicals wash off into the water and then are absorbed into the skin of every fish in lake. It also accumulates in our own system, which can affect our health in a big way.
Personally, I stay away from the chemical sunscreens, because they absorb straight into your bloodstream. These products often contain ingredients that irritate the skin, as well as mimics and disrupts hormones, both in humans and marine life. Do you really want to put that on your skin!? There are plenty of sunscreens that contain minerals that offer plenty of sun protection! A few of the best are Green Beaver, Goddess Garden, and Badger.
Get out, enjoy the sun, and be safe. I like to keep my skincare simple, including my sunscreen. Adding oils with natural SPF value can offer lots of sun protection, without the harmful impact to our lakes and to our bodies. My favourite? Red Raspberry Seed Oil!
Here’s a simple breakdown of SPF value in single oils:
Almond Oil – SPF around 5
Coconut Oil – SPF 4-6
Zinc Oxide – SPF 2-20 depending on how much is used
Red Raspberry Seed Oil – SPF 25-50
Carrot Seed Oil – SPF 35-40
Shea Butter – SPF 4-6
We carry a wide variety of sunscreens, making it easier to switch from chemically based to completely natural. We’d love to chat with you in person about each of our sunscreens, and help you choose the one that is right for you.
You can make a difference, we can help.
Written by our cosmetic buyer, Jenni Murdock
P.S. the second product Kaitlyn is holding in the second photo is our new bronzing gel from Sukin for all you shade-lovers to get that tan without the chemicals!