Natural Sunscreen: Stay Sunburn-Free With Safer, Natural Sunscreens


| 4/29/2010 5:04:32 PM


Startling skin cancer stats keep sunscreen in my daily beauty routine. Doctors diagnose more than a million cases of skin cancer in the United States each year, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Unfortunately, not all sunscreens are created equal, and some sunscreens contain ingredients that can increase cancer risks! Keep your body healthy and sunburn-free by choosing natural sunscreens that don’t leach toxic chemicals into your body.

close-up on the beach

Photo By Evan Romine/Courtesy Flickr

Sunscreen ingredients to avoid 

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends SPF 30 or higher sunscreens that protect against UVA and UVB light. It lists the following ingredients as ones to look for and avoid on sunscreen labels.



  • Avobenzone (2)
  • Cinoxate (3)
  • Ecamsule (2)
  • Menthyl anthranilate (1)
  • Octyl methoxycinnamate
  • Octyl salicylate (6-8)
  • Oxybenzone (9)
  • Sulisobenzone (3-4)
  • Titanium dioxide (1-4)
  • Zinc oxide (2-5)

Seek natural sunscreens that have active ingredients that score low on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database. Avoid sunscreens that have active ingredients that score higher than 6, which means the ingredient can be a high hazard for cancer, developmental toxicity and other dangerous health consequences.



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