Here’s Greenerpenny’s newly updated, 2010 Sun Products Short List of least-toxic, full-spectrum UV blockers.
Here's my practical tip for surfers and other water babies out in the summer sun, wind & waves: Use what works. For me, that means a mix of pure green, like California Baby pure mineral block, and a runner-up that really stays on, like Shiseido's sunblocking foundation for faces. Both below.
When it comes to sun protection, no one has to be perfectly green.
I also try to surf early or late in the day, outside the window of the sun's strongest UV rays, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
These mineral-based products block both UVA and UVB rays, and are free of toxic/ irritating synthetic sunscreen chemicals*.
Alba Botanica Sun Mineral Kids/ Fragrance Free, SPF 30, Z, T, H, A, Nn http://albabotanica.com
Badger SPF 30 + Sunscreen and All Season Face Stick, Z, H, F, CO, Nn http://badger.com
California Baby SPF 30 No Fragrance face stick or lotion, T, H, F, Nn http://californiababy.com
Loving Naturals Organic SPF 30, Z, H, F, CO, Nn http:lovingnaturals.com
Purple Prairie Botanicals SPF 30 Sun Stuff or Sun Stick, Z, H, F, CO, Nn, http: //purpleprairie.com
Think Baby and Think Sport SPF 30+, Z, H, F, Nn http://www.thinksportbottles.com/ts_safesunscreen2.html
Goddess Garden Kids SPF 30+, Z, T, H, F, CO, http://goddessgarden.com
Heiko Kids SPF 40, Z, H, NS, http://amazon.com
UV Natural Sunscreen, Sport SPF 30+, Z, H, F, Nn, http://uvnatural.com
Elemental Herbs Kids Natural Broad Spectrum SPF 20, Z, F, Nn, http://elementalherbs.com
Mexitan SPF 50, Z, T, H, F, http://mexitan.com
Miessence Reflect Outdoor Balm, SPF 29.5, Z, NC, CO, Nn, http://elyorganics.com
Erbaviva Children’s Sunscreen SPF 15, T, F, CO, http://erbaviva.com
Nature’s Gate Mineral Sunblock/ Sport Block, SPF 20, T, Z, A, http:// naturesgate.com
Jason Natural Cosmetics Earth’s Best Organic Sunblock, Mineral Based/ Chemical Free SPF 30+, T,Z, NC, http://drugstore.com
John Masters Organics SPF 30 mineral sunscreen, T,Z, CO, Nn,NC, http://johnmasters.com/sun.htm
Kasia Good Day Sunshine SPF 30, Z, T, H, F, http://kasiaorganicsalon.com
Lavera Sunscreen Neutral SPF 40, T, NC, http://lavera-usa.com
Soleo Organics Chemical Free Sunscreen SPF 30+, Z, H, NC, Nn, http://amazon.com
Tru Kid Sunny Days Face & Body Stick SPF 30+, Z, T, H, NC, http://trukid.com
Everyday (not beach or sport) Sun Protection
Keys Soap Solar Rx Therapeutic SunblockSPF 30, Z, H, F; manufacturer notes product is not waterproof nor designed for coverage during active sports/perspiration.http://www.keys-soap.com/xcart41/product.php?productid=31 Its zinc particles are smaller than 100 nm, per EWG.http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/product/71905/Keys_Soap_Solar_Rx_Cosmetic_Moisturizing_Sunblock%2C_SPF_30/
The following are free of BP-3, but have other ingredients of concern.
Aubrey Organics Natural Sunscreens SPF 20-25, T, F, aubreyorganics.com (padimate-O) Avalon Baby Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 18, T, F (peg-100 stearate) http://avalonorganics.com
Banana Boat Kids SPF 50, T, Z, NS, (octinoxate, homosalate) http://drugstore.com
Blue Lizard Sunscreen Sensitive/ Baby SPF 30+, T, Z, H, NS, (parabens) http://amazon.com
Burt’s Bees Chemical Free Sunscreen SPF 30, T, NC, (“fragrance”) http://.burtsbees.com
Kiss My Face SPF 30 Face Factor/ Oat Protein, T, NC (avobenzone, octinoxate) drugstore.com
Mustela SPF 50, T, Z, H, NS,
Neutrogena Sunblock/ Stick SPF 60 and Pure and Free Baby Sunblock/Stick, T, Z, H, NS (peg-100 stearate, polyethylene, BHT) http://neutrogena.com
Shiseido Sun Protection Stick Foundation 35, Z, T, H, NS, now paraben-free! octinoxate, parabens, “fragrance”), http://shiseido.com
Solbar Shield SPF 40, Z, T, H, NS (peg-100 stearate)
Solar Protection Formula SPF 58, T, Z, NS (parabens)
T: Titanium Dioxide
Z: Zinc Oxide
H: Rated most highly effective against both UVA and UVB rays by Environmental Working Group, ewg.org
F: Full member, Compact for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) safecosmetics.org
CO: Contains certified organic ingredients
Nn: Non-nano, safer size particles > 100 nanometers
A: Associate member CSC
NC: Signed CSC but not in full compliance
NS: Has not signed CSC
*No benzophenone-3 (oxybenzone/BP-3), homosalate, octinoxate, octyl-methoxycinnamate, octocrylene, padimate-O, parsol 1789/avobenzone, parabens, “fragrance”(phthalates)and 4-methyl-benzylidene camphor, all of which have been linked to allergic reactions, hormone disruption, reproductive harm to wildlife, damage to skin cell DNA, or the growth of cancer cells in lab tests.A particular baddie, BP-3, has been implicated in the feminization of male ocean fish and promoting disease in corals as well as hormone disruption in lab tests, and is widely present in the bodies of the American population.
For detailed information on sunblocks, a top cosmetics companies list, choose it/lose it charts and chemicals to avoid in all personal care products, see my new book, Do One Green Thing: Saving the Earth through Simple, Everyday Choices
Buyer Beware: Buy the specific product listed, and doublecheck labels of other products by the same maker. Some of the companies above use synthetic chemicals in other sunblock products, including some for kids!
Check if your company has signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics here: http://www.safecosmetics.org/display.php?modin=50
**To avoid nano particles, look for sunblocks that contain micronized particles of at least 100 nanometers Titanium or Zinc Oxide, which are less likely to penetrate skin, per Environmental Working Group (EWG). EWG’s Skin Deep Database Sunblock ratings of over 500 products now include particle size. Search your sunscreen's rating at ewg.org/cosmetics/report/sunscreen09/findyoursunscreen?ptype=sunscreen
Remember, UV avoidance is the best policy! Whenever possible, cover up with hats and long sleeves/ rash guards, and stay out of the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
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