Typical chemically-infused sunscreens contain many UVB absorbents, which only target one part of the UV spectrum.
Oxybenzone is one such ingredient, which the Environmental Working Group lists as a hormone disruptor and scales as a 9 on the toxicity scale of 1-10.
Remember, 60 percent of what you put on your skin gets absorbed, so all of those chemicals are readily being infused into your system.
Fortunately, Goddess Garden Organics is one company that is trying to change the face of sunscreens. Their products contain pure minerals, that are naturally occurring from the Earth and provide great sun protection.
In the past, natural sunscreens have been criticized for being greasy, sticky, or not rubbing in well.
Founder and CEO, Nova Covington, says that the Goddess Garden formula has improved over the last decade, effectively combating all of those issues.
In addition, these types of mineral sunscreens are effective immediately, whereas the chemical-based ones take about 15 minutes. As soon as you put it on, it's working.
Of course, the key to ALL sunscreens is to make sure you're completely covered; as Covington puts it, "every nook and cranny." Make sure to help your kids, even if they're capable of doing it themselves.
One other benefit to mineral sunscreens like the kind Goddess Garden offers is that they're reef safe. Chemical sunscreens degrade the coral reefs, and it doesn't matter if you're near an ocean or not. Eventually those chemicals get into the water supply and end up in the ocean.
While this is still an educational challenge in the U.S., other countries have taken note. In fact, if you go snorkeling in Mexico, your sunscreen must be reef safe or they will take it away.
Ultimately, mineral sunscreens are an easy option to change one area of your life; a doable switch. And, specifically, Goddess Garden's products are Certified Organic and their packaging is recyclable.
Listen in as Covington joins Andrea and Lisa to share more about mineral sunscreens, why they are a great alternative to chemically-based versions, and tips for making sure you can keep your family safe this summer.