What Sunscreens Are Safe for Mom and Baby? (Less Than You Probably Think!) Photo: Shutterstock / The Bump
Hey mama (or mama-to-be!), before you slather on the sunscreen this summer, check out this new report on sunscreen safety from the Environmental Working Group. Turns out, most popular sunscreen brands -- about 65 percent of them, says the EWG -- contain oxybenzone, an ingredient some experts advise against using on kids because it could cause allergic reactions and maybe even hormone disruption. (And we’re guessing you don’t want hormone disruption for your baby or for your pregnant self. Scary!)
So what sunscreens should you use? Well, the EWG says no chemical is proven 100 percent safe, but it does recommend opting for a mineral-based sunscreen -- with active ingredients zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide -- since they don’t penetrate the skin, aren’t allergenic and don’t cause hormonal changes (whew!). Avoid non-mineral active ingredients, like oxybenzone. And if you’re at all confused, check out the EWG’s list of recommended sunscreen brands. You can also search the EWG’s database to see how your favorite brand ranks in safety (and there’s also an app for that!).
Do you check a sunscreen’s ingredient list before you buy it? What do you look for?
Plus, do you know about these nine surprising summer dangers for baby?
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