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Tag: mineral sunscreen

Beauty Forte Natural Sunscreen

The folks at Beauty Forte were kind enough to send me a sample of their natural, chemical free, mineral sunscreen. I’m glad they did since it has become my sunscreen of choice to use on my face and decolletage this forte natural mineral sunscreen powder

Not only is the Beauty Forte sunscreen not greasy, it doesn’t leave annoying white streaks or clog pores. And it gives a sun-kissed glow, kind of like using a bronzing powder. So you can enjoy that healthy tan look without actually absorbing that much sun to do it.

The applicator bottle has a built-in sponge that spreads the sunscreen evenly without becoming airborne and making a mess. And it closes securely, so it is safe to toss in my purse or the pool bag and not worry about leakage. I like the small size, too, because it spends a lot of time in my purse.

How to Find the Safest Sunscreen

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has updated their sunscreen guide for 2012. EWG evaluates and assesses the safety and efficacy of sunscreens and even offers a free app so that you can check it out on the go.

One of the most effective public education campaigns in the history of this country has been the campaign to wear sunscreen to protect against skin cancer. Unfortunately, the success of this campaign has brought some unintended side effects.

1. Vitamin D deficiency. You need vitamin D for all sorts of things including calcium absorption and bone health as well as for a strong immune system. Our skin synthesizes vitamin D from the sun’s rays but sunscreen blocks this reaction from happening. Data collected from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), USA, shows that about 70% of US children are now either vitamin D insufficient or vitamin D deficient.

2. Carcinogens in sunscreens. It seems that many of the popular brands of sunscreen are little more than toxic stews full of chemicals with questionable ability to even block the sun’s rays. Instead of preventing skin cancer, these sunscreens may actually cause cancer.

So what is a responsible person to do?

First, be sure to get enough direct sunlight regularly on bare skin to keep your vitamin D levels up, but not so much that you get a sunburn.

Then, when it’s time to choose and use a sunscreen, EWG recommends choosing a mineral-based sunscreen containing titanium or zinc and avoiding chemical-based sunscreens, especially those containing the hormone disruptor oxybenzone.

Still confused? Download the free EWG sunscreen app and always have the safest sunscreen brands at your fingertips.

Don’t forget, though, the absolute safest option to protect from too many harmful rays of the sun is still the lowest tech one: a physical clothing barrier of a hat and a shirt.