Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Paraben Free SPF Products

A reader from the UK asked me to recommend a Paraben Free moisturizer with SPF. Using SPF products is always a difficult decision. You either suck it up and use a product with harmful chemicals or you take your chances with skin cancer. I vote to find a compromise. The best bet for finding a Paraben Free SPF moisturizer is to find a good sunscreen that can double as that.

I'm not familiar with products sold in the UK or EU, but knowing what to look for is the best place to start. Below is an important study conducted by the Cosmetics Safety Database. It's a MUST READ!

Sunscreen Investigation

Bottom line is that Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide are two of your least harmful ingredients for blocking UVA and UVB rays. Bad news is that many products use 'nano' (tiny!) versions of these ingredients which can possibly cause cell and nerve damange. There is confusion in the cosmetics industry (there's a shock) over the definition of 'nano' and 'micro' particles. Read.

used to use Burt's Bees sunscreen until I read that it contains nano particles. So, I'm in the market for a new sunscreen as well.

Soleo - $25

Cosmetic Safety Database Listing

Marie Veronique Skin Serum SPF 30 - $35+

Cosmetic Safety Database Listing

Lavera Organic SPF 20+ - $20+

Cosmetic Safety Database Listing

1 comment:

  1. Jurlique has finally made a day cream with SPF 15. As far as I know, they don't use parabens, but I don't know if there are other "harmful" ingredients. Why is it so difficult to find "clean" products?