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The Best Sunscreen is Non-Toxic.

For many, the best sunscreen is Non-toxic AND

  • gluten-free,
  • corn free,
  • soy free,
  • dairy free
  • mango free

Today’s Post Shares 4 brands that qualify. This way, everyone in your family, including those with intolerances or sensitive/allergenic skin, can be comfortable spending time in the sun.

You can find Today’s Sunscreens on the Personal Products Page.

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Non-toxic and also FREE of Gluten, Soy, Corn, Dairy, Mango

Today’s SIMPLE Self Care TIP

Always protect your BODY inside and out by knowing what you place onto your skin. Your skin is a HUGE contributor to the body’s overall health. It is actually your body’s largest organ!

Sunscreen choices impact your BODY inside and out. A SIMPLE Self Care Micro Decision that Protects Your Entire Body is to use non-toxic sunscreen.

After a single application, a total of seven chemicals commonly found in sunscreens can be absorbed into the bloodstream at levels that exceed safety thresholds, according to studies by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, an arm of the US Food and Drug Administration…

🔗 LINK to EWG LIST to compare your sunscreen ingredients
Baby on beach with words: For the most sensitive skin Non-toxic, and FREE of gluten soy, dairy, corn, mango

Choosing the best sunscreen that is non-toxic can be confusing.

As with the ‘6 FREE’ 10 &, ’13 FREE’…labeling on nail polish, we discovered labels claiming ‘FREE of 6 , 10, 13,… toxins’ didn’t mean FREE of toxins.

clear nail polish can be more toxic

Avoid Nail Polish Toxins: 2 Brands

Unfortunately, 3, 6, even 16 free doesn’t mean toxic-free. 2 Brands I tried. One I am still using.

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For those who have sensitive skin/allergies finding non-toxic (which is not easy) can end up being the easiest part.

Add to it skin that reacts to Gluten, Soy, Dairy, Corn, Mango…. and sunscreen label reading can become a full-time job!

4 Brands that meet all the criteria:

list of Non toxic plus allergen free list of Sunscreens with background white sand beach starfish and shells

The 4 Brands:

Each year I dig deep into researching sunscreen. Staying on top of ingredients that move into and out of products.

Over the past weeks, I’ve reviewed ‘safe’ sunscreens again and have the 4 Brands with.

  • EWG rating of 1
  • Gluten, Dairy, Soy, Corn, Mango Free

The 4 Sunscreen choices along with:

  • How I chose them
  • Direct links
  • Linked references for you.

How I Choose the 4 Brands

Step 1

EWG’s Guide

I comb through EWG’s Guide to Sunscreens. The research is very thorough.

The detailed explanations and recognition of the longer and longer list of toxins being absorbed into our bodies are concerning. (I’ve linked to various EWG pages on specific ingredients to be aware of.)

Having EWG’s research to delve into is fantastic when it comes to deciphering the best non-toxic Sunscreen options currently available.

Using EWG’s list, I’ve been able to:

  • choose the safest sunscreens (rated 1)
  • then take those that are Non-toxic to research, moving me to Step 2.

Step 2

words: Review 182 Sunscreen Products Find Best Sunscreen

Review Products with a Rating of 1 and Find Those That Are Gluten, Corn, Soy, Dairy & Mango Free

There were 15 pages of Sunscreens rated 1.

That was a total of 182 I looked at.

The 4 brands (which have multiple products) are the final list that met all the criteria of being:

  • Non-Toxic (EWG Rating of 1)
  • Gluten-Free
  • Soy Free
  • Dairy-free
  • Corn Free
  • Mango Free
Hand holding pencil, Text on top process to find the best sunscreen

  • I read through the individual product ingredients to find that they are GF, SF, CF, DF, and Mango-Free.
  • If an ingredient can be derived from one of the listed ingredients I want to avoid, I write to the company asking for clarification.

Contact Companies for Ingredient Clarification:

– Remove Those With Ingredients on My List

I’ve eliminated Brands when the companies respond to my questions, affirming one or more of the derivatives ARE in their products.

– Keep Brands That Verify ALL Ingredients Are Free From The Items and Derivatives of The Items On My List.

The result: 4 Brands to share.

The Safest Brands When It Comes to Nontoxic and Free of Gluten, Corn, Soy, Dairy, Mango

I have all 4 Brands.

* Going on ‘White’ is always my biggest complaint. The tinted Kabana and tinted Badger were the ones that helped tone down the ‘white look’

Along with Kabana’s regular original lotion, it has nude, tan, and bronze. I mixed them as well.

The Badger tinted works well, but I am very light. You will have to play with each. I’ll be mixing the Kabana because as skin tone changes and then changes back again, I can play with the coverage color by mixing.

It is easier to tolerate the white tint while at the beach. At the beach, I know I want the sunscreen to sit on my skin for the best protection and NOT absorb into my body.

Sunscreen Absorbs Quickly into the Bloodstream & Sticks Around

In recent years, studies have shown that many of the common chemical ingredients used in sunscreens are absorbed into the body’s bloodstream at concentration levels higher than the FDA’s safety threshold. One concern is that the chemicals can disrupt hormones in the body (1)

….it helps to know that sunscreens are either mineral- or chemical-based.
Some sunscreens contain both.


Mineral sunscreens sit on the skin’s surface to deflect the sun’s rays.
Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, penetrate the skin and absorb the sun’s rays.

4 Mineral-based Sunscreens

Mineral Based Sunscreens Sit on The Skins Surface

The 4 Brands:

Kabana Organic 🔗

2 Tubes Kabana Sunscreen

EWG rating 1.

Product Info

Non-nano zinc oxide, artesian water, EVOO, beeswax, vitamin E (from sunflower seeds), and vitamin D.

They make tinted versions that have gotten excellent reviews.

LINK to Kabana sunscreen list

I am really excited about 2 things when it comes to this company.

1- The mission aligns with everything posted on thesimpleselfcarelifestyle.com. Each tip, tool, product, and program revolves around self care right DOWN TO OUR CELLS.

Kabana states that it keeps this in mind, too:

Kabana realizes skin is the gateway to the rest of your body. Our personal care products are designed to nourish not only your skin, but also be healthy for your body as a whole; your tissue, your organs, your nervous system, your reproductive tract, your children (even if you don’t have them yet). bold added

We choose ingredients that are biochemically identical to the building blocks your body already uses. This approach eliminates concern about chemical exposure and bioaccumulation, and maintains your health throughout a long life.

Reviewers on their site express being pleasantly surprised by the added benefit of improving their skin issues. I’ll update you on this one!

Note From Company:

All sunscreens are free of ingredients you’ve listed”.

All sunscreens are free of ingredients you’ve listed.

CEO & Chief Formulation Chemist of Kabana Skin Care

* Extra note: When confirming the ingredients list with the CEO & Chief Formulation Chemist of Kabana Skin Care, he shared that the following products (NOT SUN SCREEN products but other Kabana products) contain soy and/or oil derived from wheat.

Please Note: The Products Kabana makes that DO contain SOY are:

“Our Kabana Crème moisturizer contains soy lecithin.

The DE’A line of facial products and Vitamin E Rejuventor creme use wheat germ oil.

All sunscreens are free of ingredients you’ve listed.”

CEO & Chief Formulation Chemist of Kabana Skin Care

TIP:

It is important to check every product label of a BRAND to make sure each product from that brand matches the criteria you are looking for.

Many companies may have a fantastic product that matches all the criteria you need, but another of the same brand may not fit the criteria you need. Please always check ingredient lists.

Two Peas Organics 🔗

2 tubes sunscreen

EWG rating 1.

Product Info

Certified organic ingredients.

𝗣𝗢𝗪𝗘𝗥𝗙𝗨𝗟 𝗦𝗨𝗡 𝗣𝗥𝗢𝗧𝗘𝗖𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡:

Provides highly effective SPF 50 broad spectrum UVA & UVB protection that is both water and sweat-resistant.

Gentle enough for baby’s sensitive skin yet strong enough coverage for kids and adults.

One of the founders confirmed via email with me that their Tocopherol is derived from sunflower oil.

mo,
I can confirm Our tocopherol is derived from non-GMO sunflower oil not wheat oil or derivatives.”

Two Peas

SunBioLogic

EWG rating 1.

They have 11 products on their website.

SunBioLogic sunscreen sticks for Sports and Kids offer 80 minutes of water resistance.

Here is what they have listed:

👉🏼 The sunscreen sticks are formulated for use in both extreme hot and cold climates.

👉🏼 They are broad spectrum with both UVA/UVB protection blocking 97% of the sun’s burning rays.

👉🏼 SunBioLogic sunscreen decreases the risk of sunburn, photoaging, skin cancer, melanoma, hyperpigmentation, and depigmentation.

👉🏼 These sunscreens are unique to the market because they are 100% water free and 100% preservative free. The sunscreens are developed with only non-comedogenic ingredients that provide excellent moisture to the skin without any the harsh chemicals.

Badger

Badger Sunscreen in BEST sunscreen list made by thesimpleselfcarelifestyle.com

EWG rating 1.

Product Info

☀️ Badgers sunscreens are the sunscreens we have used for years.

There are ☀️ 8 that are Certified Gluten Free.

Please be aware of this when choosing Badger products if Gluten Free is a must for you.

The following list links you to the Badger products that are Certified Gluten Free.

Badger SPF 40 Sport Mineral Sunscreen Cream – Reef-Friendly Broad-Spectrum Water-Resistant Sport Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide – Unscented, 2.9 oz

SPF 15 Badger Mineral Sunscreen Lip Balm – Reef-Friendly Broad-Spectrum SPF Lip Balm with Zinc Oxide – Unscented, .15 oz

Badger SPF 35 Active Mineral Sunscreen Face Stick – Reef-Friendly Broad-Spectrum Water-Resistant Face Sunscreen Stick with Zinc Oxide – Unscented, .65 oz

SPF 40 Kids Mineral Sunscreen Badger Cream and SPF 35 Kids Mineral Sunscreen Face Stick – Reef-Friendly Broad-Spectrum Water-Resistant Kids Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide – Tangerine and Vanilla, 2.9 oz and .65oz

Badger SPF 40 Baby Sunscreen Cream – Reef-Friendly Broad-Spectrum Water-Resistant Baby Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide – Chamomile and Calendula, 2.9 oz

SPF 40 Sport Mineral Sunscreen Tin (2 Pack) – Reef-Friendly Broad-Spectrum Water-Resistant Sport Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide – Unscented, 2.4 oz

Badger SPF 30 Active Mineral Sunscreen Cream – Reef-Friendly Broad-Spectrum Water-Resistant Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide – Unscented, 2.9 oz

As you use the various sunscreens, I’d love to hear which you liked.

If you have others, I can add to the list. You can reach me by emailing: simplifyselfcare@gmail.com

words: Have a Sunny Week!

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🔗 Linked Resources for you:

The Trouble with Sunscreen Ingredients

Imperfect Protection. Understanding UV Protection Can be Misleading

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EWG Sunscreen Guide

🌿 Linked References for you:

MacMillan, C. (2021, August 30). Is my sunscreen safe? Yale Medicine. Retrieved June 10, 2022, from https://www.yalemedicine.org/news/is-sunscreen-safe

Jiang Roberts, Collins Benson. Absorption of sunscreens across human skin: an evaluation of commercial products for children and adults. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. 1999;48(4):635–637

Janjua NR, Mogensen B, Andersson AM, et al. Systemic absorption of the sunscreens benzophenone-3, octyl-methoxycinnamate, and 3-(4-methylbenzylidene) camphor after whole-body topical application and reproductive hormone levels in humans. The Journal of investigative dermatology. 2004;123(1):57–61

References

Calafat AM, Wong LY, Ye X, Reidy JA, Needham LL. Concentrations of the sunscreen agent benzophenone-3 in residents of the United States: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2003–2004. Environ Health Perspect. 2008;116(7):893–897.

Matta MK, Zusterzeel R, Pilli NR, et al. Effect of Sunscreen Application Under Maximal Use Conditions on Plasma Concentration of Sunscreen Active Ingredients: A Randomized Clinical TrialEffect of Sunscreen Application on Plasma Concentration of Active IngredientsEffect of Sunscreen Application on Plasma Concentration of Active Ingredients. JAMA. 2019

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