Mystery Ingredient Monday: Benzophenone

This week we’re going to be focusing on SUNSCREEN. Spring is coming up and it’s time to prepare by buying sunscreens. Sunscreen protects you from damage caused by UV rays, which can lead to all kinds of skin cancers. And on a shallow level, sunscreen will also protect you from premature aging. Sun exposure can leave your skin dried out with sun spots, fine lines and wrinkles. If you use the right sunscreen, you can shave years off your appearance.

So what’s in non-organic sunscreens? Plenty of nasty things. Today we’ll be focusing on Benzophenone.

Benzophenone

Benzophenone is an organic compound that is usually found (or its alike substitute oxybenzone) in chemical sunscreens. It is used in plastics to protect the contents inside the bottle from UV rays. That’s right–it’s used in plastic and you’re there slathering it on as well. Yuck! Well, the news gets worse. According to several sources, benzophenone has been linked to an increase in malignant melanoma… the very thing it is used to prevent!

So, you may be wondering, “Where’s the good news?” The good news is that although tests are still being performed on chemical sunscreens, the FDA still says that they protect you against melanoma. We, of course, argue that you should protect yourself and your family naturally. With organic sunscreens from COOLA, Boscia, Juice Beauty and John Masters, you can frolic in the sunshine without worrying about your complexion.

Here are some of our favorite organic sunscreens:

Coola Total Body Organic Sunscreen  SPF 30 Mineral Moisturizer-Sand  Boscia B.B. Cream SPF 27