Since our skin is our largest organ, it’s important that we pay attention to what we’re exposing it to every time we lather up to go outside or go swimming in a pool
Since our skin is our largest organ, it’s important that we pay attention to what we’re exposing it to every time we lather up to go outside or go swimming in a pool. Here’s what you should know about sunscreens you may use.
There are 16 active ingredients used in sunscreens in the U.S., and 14 of them are under scrutiny by the FDA. The worst and most common of these 14 are oxybenzone, avobenzone, and octinoxate, all of which have a direct harmful impact on your health and the health of the environment.
OXYBENZONE has been linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, and allergies, including photo allergies (reaction induced by light exposure), according to a 2017 study published in Chemosphere. In addition, it has proven itself so detrimental to marine life that sunscreens that have oxybenzone and octinoxate can no longer legally be sold in Hawaii and its sale will be banned in Key West, Fla., in 2021. The Chemosphere study states that one drop of oxybenzone in the equivalent of six-and-a-half Olympic-size swimming pools’ worth of water is sufficient to damage coral.
The FDA is seeking further research into AVOBENZONE and OCTINOXATE for possible links to serious health disorders. Avobenzone is commonly found in chemical sunscreens to block UVA rays, while octinoxate is an active ingredient to block UVB rays. Sunscreens that don’t have ingredients to block both UVA and UVB rays leave you susceptible to harmful skin damage.
Avoiding these chemicals in your selection of sunscreen is important to protect your health and the environment. Only two sunscreen ingredients have been deemed GRASE (generally recognized as safe and effective) by the FDA: ZINC OXIDE and TITANIUM DIOXIDE. When shopping for a sunscreen, look for a mineral sunscreen such as TropicSport.
So why TropicSport?
At TropicSport, we have made it our mission to never use toxic chemicals in our sunscreen. Instead, minerals such as zinc oxide and non-nano titanium dioxide are used to block both UVA and UVB rays. This means that there’s no more need to worry about toxic chemicals entering your bloodstream, your sunscreen wearing off, or your sunscreen reacting poorly with chlorine. TropicSport is also one of the only sunscreens on the market to pass both the FDA’s U.S. 80-minute and Australian 240-minute water resistance tests, giving you three times the protection of most other sunscreens. And as if that wasn’t enough, our mineral sunscreen is certifiably non-toxic to marine life! To learn more, head over to TropicSport.com.
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