SUNSCREEN IS PACKED WITH HARMFUL CHEMICALS.
The most common sunscreen chemical, Oxybenzone, was found in 96% of the population by a recent study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This is especially alarming since oxybenzone is considered an endocrine disruptor, which can reduce sperm count in men and may contribute to endometriosis in women.The EWG warns against using oxybenzone, especially on children or pregnant/breastfeeding women.
MOST DON'T MEET SAFETY STANDARDS.
Of the 1,400+ sunscreens tested by the EWG, only 5% met their safety standards, and over 40% were listed as potentially contributing to skin cancer.What about spray sunscreen? It's a little better, right? NOPE. Although a popular substitute for typical sunscreen in recent years, it has additional dangers, especially if inhaled. Consumer Reports warns that spray sunscreens should not be used on children and that adults should exercise caution and make sure not to use on the face or inhale them.Many sunscreens also contain methylisothiazolinone, which the American Contact Dermatitis Society named as its “allergen of the year.”What's even crazier is that the EWG’s most recent report listed Neutrogena as the #1 sunscreen brand to avoid, citing high concentrations of oxybenzone and other hormone-disrupting chemicals, and misleading claims about their SPF levels.
SUNSCREEN IS DESTROYING OUR OCEANS.
Yes. You read that right. It's so bad for the environment, The Key West & Hawaii banned the sale or distribution of any sunscreens containing oxybenzone or octinoxate (majority). Typical sunscreen bleaches, deforms and damages the DNA of coral reefs when it washes off beachgoers into the ocean. Ultimately this process kills a necessary element for marine life. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, "coral reefs are vital members of marine ecosystems that protect beaches from erosion and support biodiversity."