Chemical sunscreens, often colorless and odorless, work to absorb and scatter UV radiation. Synthetic compounds in these chemical sunscreens, such as Oxybenzone have been shown to penetrate the skin and may disrupt the body’s normal hormonal balance, potentially leading to thyroid dysfunction, poor sperm health and other hormonal imbalances.
So what’s the best option available? Mineral sunscreens such as zinc oxide are better than chemical sunscreens, according to the Environmental working group (EWG). Zinc oxide works by physically blocking the sun’s rays. Bonus, zinc oxide does not get absorbed into the skin and is considered safe for children.
Now that you know more about sunscreens lather on and enjoy the sun!
Written by Dr. Kajal Chohan, ND.