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Why Natural Sunblock Matters

By Fredrica Syren a.k.a Green Mom:

Goodbye winter clothes and hello sandals, swimsuits and long days at the beach. I know we all have been lectured about the importance of sunblock to prevent skin cancer and premature aging, so I’m not going to preach about that. However, natural sunblock is something I would like to talk about and why “regular’ sunscreen is not a good option.

Most common sunscreens contain an array of chemicals such as avobenzone, sunscreenhomosalate, octisalate, oxybenzone, acrylates copolymer, acrylates and ethylparaben. These chemicals in a sunscreen are absorbed into the skin and bloodstream via a chemical reaction with UV rays, and may pose hazards to human health. It’s been proven that these chemicals mimic hormones and disrupt the hormone system and, in high enough quantities, may also pose cancer risks.

The much better option for protection against harmful UV rays is a mineral based sunblock. Made with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, they work by staying on your skin instead of being absorbed, and will reflect the sun from your body. The downside of all natural sunblocks is that it’s super hard to rub in and can make you look a bit pale, and it’s a little more pricy than the commercial brand. But it’s so much safer for your family. Sunscreen should have an SPF of 30 or grater and be water resistant to work the best. For me and my family who spend a lot of time outdoors we use a SPF of 50 and re-apply throughout the day. These days you also want to make sure that you only use reef-safe sunblock.

Here are a few great natural sunblock brands:

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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