I hope this post catches you before you’ve gone out and stocked up on sunscreen for the summer. I came across the most interesting article this morning on the benefits of mineral sunscreens over chemical sunscreens.
Some of the information was pretty eye-opening. Chemical sunscreens use different chemicals to absorb the UV rays, but those chemicals can cause health problems. According to the article, “In a 2004 Environmental Health Perspective study, another sunscreen chemical, Padimate O, was found to cause breast cancer cells to multiply in test tubes.”
Those same chemicals are also harming coral reefs, killing some and bleaching others.
It’s really interesting information and it may make you think twice before you grab any old bottle of sunscreen.
The article also features a great table comparing the different kinds of sunscreens if you’re interested in seeing which brands are the most environmentally friendly and the most cost effective.