How Clean is your Sunscreen?

By / Health and Wellness / Monday, 10 June 2019 03:01

By Amy Sawyer
I admit it, I’m a sun worshiper. Back in the day as soon as spring rolled around, I’d lay out in the sun on my friend’s black trampoline, drenched in baby oil, working hard to achieve that golden glow (which ended up being more lobster red). Regardless of the harm too much sun exposure can cause, I still love the feel of the sun on my skin, but now I’m smarter about protecting myself with safe, quality sunscreen.
We know it’s important to feed our bodies healthy foods to sustain and nourish us, but how often do you think about the quality of the products you put on your skin? Our skin is our largest organ and our first line of defense against environmental damage. We know we need to protect it from harmful ultraviolet light, but it’s also important to pay attention to the ingredients in skincare products that could be just as damaging as too much sun exposure. Since our skin is porous, it absorbs whatever we put on it. Whether it absorbs into the bloodstream or just the upper layer of skin depends on various factors too lengthy to detail here, but just the possibility of chemicals entering your bloodstream through your skin should make you want to become a more conscious consumer.
Surprisingly, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t require companies to test cosmetics products for safety, they don’t review or approve the vast majority of products or ingredients before they go on the market, and with a few exceptions, cosmetics companies can use any ingredient in their products without review or approval. It’s up to us to take charge of our health. Check out the Environmental Working Group ( for more information and a thorough list of harmful ingredients to avoid, as well as sunscreen recommendations that are safe for your skin and the environment. And pop by Island Wellness for your clean sunscreen and skincare before you head to the beach!


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