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Rodrigo Louvat
I am a Marketing Associate at Tera in charge of digital marketing and content creation, writing blog articles and newsletters. Drop me a line at rodrigo.louvat@hellotera.com if you feel like it!

How to Choose a Safer Sunscreen: Protect Yourself from Sun AND Chemicals

Small child playing with a bottle of sunscreen

In 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expressed concerns about 12 sunscreen ingredients, with oxybenzone being a particularly alarming one. Research has shown that oxybenzone can disrupt hormone balance, increase cancer risk, lead to shorter pregnancies, and even lower testosterone levels in adolescent boys. Shockingly, oxybenzone has been detected in amniotic fluid and breast milk, underscoring the need for caution.

While oxybenzone has been reduced in many sunscreens, it can still be found in popular brands as manufacturers struggle to achieve SPF levels above 50 without its inclusion. The good news is that the percentage of chemical sunscreens with oxybenzone has decreased from 60% in 2019 to 13% this year, thanks to growing consumer awareness.

image of woman with a shocked expression next to the word oxybenzone crossed out

But it’s not just oxybenzone. The FDA has also expressed concerns about other sunscreen ingredients, such as homosalate and avobenzone, known as endocrine disruptors. These ingredients have been linked to health issues ranging from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder to fertility problems. Furthermore, some sunscreens containing octocrylene have been found to break down into benzophenone, a possible carcinogen.

Sunscreen toxicity rating infographic

While the FDA has not yet approved newer, safer ingredients for sunscreens, European regulators have made progress in this regard. Mineral sunscreens, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, are effective alternatives that sit on the skin and block harmful rays. Tera can help you find mineral sunscreens that provide broad-spectrum protection without the risks associated with chemical sunscreens.

woman applying sunscreen to her face

By downloading Tera, you gain access to a personalized marketplace tailored to your values and preferences. You can set your Shopping Preferences, indicating your desire for safer, non-toxic, and eco-friendly products. Our powerful engine analyzes product data, generating Product Scores that prioritize your chosen attributes. Shop with confidence, knowing that the best matches are displayed first, allowing you to protect your skin while making a positive impact.

Tera app product page Kinship self reflect SPF 32 sunscreen

Remember, SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays, while SPF 50 blocks 98%, with little additional benefit beyond that. Coupled with sun-avoidance measures and protective clothing, such as hats and long sleeves, using mineral sunscreens can provide excellent protection against harmful sun exposure.

With Tera, you can prioritize your health and the environment. Join us in our mission to shop consciously and make a difference. Download the Tera app today and embark on a safer and more sustainable sun protection journey.

Help us empower people to make a positive impact by joining our movement and using our conscious shopping app. Build a community and demand change by subscribing and sharing. Together we can revolutionize everyday shopping and create a brighter future.

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