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You may not realise but most commercial sunscreens are toxic. Seriously. If you think that because they have been sold in chemists and the like for decades they are safe, you are horribly wrong. What you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body and most sunscreens are full of toxic chemicals.

If you are arenít aware of all this, check out a recent article by Dr. Peter Dingle he is not some faceless internet site scaremonger, he is the Associate Professor in Health and the Environment at Murdoch University, Western Australia

If you just want the basics,

  1. avoid using sunscreens as much as possible
  2. when you do have to use them, go for ones made of natural ingredients. E.g. ones that are;
    1. organic (this ensures most toxic ingredients will not be present)
    2. labelled free of synthetic chemicals (don’t go for ones labeled natural necessarily as this can be part of the name not a reputable claim
    3. labelled that ALL ingredients are listed (otherwise they often leave off the harmful ones)
    4. have ingredients that resemble food ingredients (e.g. plant-based oil, green tea, vitamin E)

The one I use if ever needed is called Soleo and Wotnot. Good for young kids also. We order ours in Australia from No Nasties (look under Body category)