First up to replace was sunscreen. The safest option for sunscreen is to stay out of the sun during peak hours (approx. 10 am to 4 pm) and wear a hat and tightly woven clothing. Since I just stopped using Retin A, a really hazardous skin product that makes you photosensitive, I decided some extra protection was in order. I bought these two, which get low risk rankings from the Environmental Working Group. The Badger gets a 1 and the Beyond Coastal gets a 2.
|Badger SPF 30 Sunscreen ($14 for 2.9 ounces at Publix) and Beyond Coastal Natural Lip and Face SPF 30 Suncreen ($6.50 for .9 ounces on Amazon)|
One of the other issues concerning sunscreens and all cosmetics is the use of nano particles and whether they are safe. These are tiny particles less than 100 nanometers in length that can easily pass into the bloodstream. The jury is still out on zinc oxide and titanium dioxide nano particles, so I opted for sunscreens with micronized (bigger) particles.
You can read some basic guidelines for picking safer cosmetics here and search the EWG's database and view product rankings here. I also really like this blog, which allows you to search specific chemicals and gives you an easy to understand opinion on them. They also have a great discussion of the hazards involving sunscreen here.