So before I left the natural parenting group, they convinced me that modern sunscreen is evil. I’m not sure whether or not it’s true that sunscreen is actually evil, but what can you do?
Anyhow, there’s this webpage that rates sunscreens for toxicity.
The problem with it, the natural mothers say, is that companies will game the system and will use similar new or untested chemicals that aren’t included in the ratings list.
So what do they recommend? Old fashioned
sunscreens sunBLOCKS! that are mostly zinc oxide (and not micronized zinc oxide or whatever that term is). These include:
Badger (we special order from Amazon)
California Baby (you can get this one at Target)
and I think that’s it.
These sunscreens tend to leave your kid kind of pale, and they’re much thicker than regular sunscreen. But there’s my PSA. If you’re worried about sunscreen toxicity, those are the brands to go with. According to some possibly crazy ladies and a website.
#2 says: NOTE distinguish sunscreen (which works by chemical reaction with your skin) from sunblock (more of a barrier method than chemical, and often more natural minerals) (guess which one is better for those with skin problems?)
#1 notes that none of the other websites seem to distinguish between the two, so she thinks that sunblocks are a type of sunscreen, a subset of the greater sunscreen category.
#2: bzzzt, wrong. People tend to use them interchangeably but those of us with complex skin problems aggravated by sun exposure and allergies know the difference. As summer approaches, vampiric #2 stocks up on sunblock and stays far away from sunscreen.