“All-Natural” Personal Care Products to Avoid: Aveeno Sun Care

| 9/26/2016 5:51:00 PM

Over the past few years, I’ve been working to reduce the number of skin- and personal-care products I use on a daily basis, and transitioning to natural products whenever possible. It’s been hit-or-miss on occasion, but with a little trial and error I have been able to find quality alternatives that meet my needs.

fall sun through trees
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I know…summer is over. So, why are we talking about sun care in September? Well, the Earth is actually closest to the sun in winter—especially during the winter solstice—and the sun’s rays cover a larger area. Winter may be gloomy at times, but it’s still necessary to protect ourselves from those UV rays. If you live in sunnier areas, such as Hawaii, Arizona or Colorado, sun protection is a year-round need!

AVEENO has been part of the natural health and beauty industry since its beginning in 1945. Today, they’re known for their use of high-quality, natural ingredients and have even added the tagline “Active Naturals” to their branding. Although this sounds amazing—and is for the most part—their sun care products are anything but all-natural. AVEENO offers several SPF-enhanced lotions and moisturizers, along with actual sunscreen, ranging from SPF 15-50+, including products for babies.

The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Skin Deep database rates the majority of AVEENO’s sun care products a moderate hazard (3-5) to human health. However, looking more closely at the ingredients that comprise these items, it becomes clear that most include one or more high hazard (7-10) ingredients.

AVEENO sun care products
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