There are a number of sunscreen chemicals that are used to prevent UV Rays. They are used in sunscreen (of course!) and many face products that have UV protection. Basically if your product provides any sort of UV protection, you need to read the ingredients carefully. Sunscreen ingredients are a tricky bunch to navigate. On the one hand, we know sun damage is bad for us and we need to protect our skin.
On the other hand, there is researching showing that some chemical sunscreens may be WORSE for our skin than the sun damage they prevent. This is because they also contain vitamin A (also known as retinol and retinyl palmitate) which can speed up the rate at which malignant cells develop. Many chemical sunscreens mimic hormones (which is especially scary for children who are still developing) and some cause skin irritation.
In addition, sunscreen chemicals have been found in blood, urine and breastmilk samples, showing that they are readily absorbed in to the body. Please avoid: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate.
Formaldehyde has been linked to skin irritations and cancer and is something I definitely don’t want on my body! Please avoid: Formaldehyde, quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol) and glyoxal.
FRPs: quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, bromopol and glyoxal.