Clean Beauty Swap - Sunscreen - Tay Meets World

Clean Beauty Swap - Sunscreen

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It's no secret that I've jumped on the "going clean" train. I've nosedived into living more intentional with how I recycle, the products I'm putting on my skin, what I'm putting into my body, and how I'm taking care of myself. I have a list of all the "changes" I need to still implement in my daily life but as stated before, it's going to be a process! I would nothing less than changing the world overnight, in hope that the carbon footprint from us all can be reduced but alas, that is an impossible feat so I'm starting small and intentionally. Over the course of the past few weeks, I've looked into the depths of the ingredients listed on all of my products. You can say I went into a deep black hole one evening scouring the internet researching chemical properties, effects, toxicity, etc. I have my degree in Chemistry so I like to think of myself as semi-knowledgable on some of these "chemical things" as it's not completely foreign to me...and I actually understand it.

What I found was unnerving. From the foundation I use to the eyebrow powder, there are so many toxic chemicals, not just harmful to myself but also to the environment. These instinctively reaffirmed my decision to educate myself on "clean" products and make the switch. I plan to share a lot of my findings here and wanted to start with one today - let's talk sunscreen!
 Sunscreen is undoubtedly one of the worst products that are not regulated as it's purpose is to protect our skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays but it does much more than that. To begin with, most sunscreen is absorbed into our bloodstream and with chemicals such as oxybenzone or octinoxate - these are chemicals that have been found in human urine, breast milk, and blood confirming that they are quickly absorbed into our skin. The adverse effects of these chemicals include developmental and reproductive toxicity and photoallergic reactions. Oxybenzone is actually a UV absorber meaning it allows your skin to soak in the sun's rays - thus why your skin tans or why you see white dots/freckles all along your skin. Since sunlight is being absorbed into the second layer of your skin you are more likely to develop a topical allergic reaction to sunscreens! (Source)
In addition to these chemicals being harmful to you, they also have adverse effects on our coral reefs. Any products with oxybenzone have actually been banned from Hawaii! They can trigger virus outbreaks within the reefs, cause coral-bleaching, and disrupt the reproductivity of the coral reef system. Beautycounter offers a clean and safe switch - Countersun Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30.

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