Much of our drugstore chemical sunscreens actually contain a lot of potential allergens ranging from fragrances and preservatives that sunscreen companies use to make them spread more easily, absorb more quickly, essentially make them more elegant to put on the skin. If you haven’t heard of the few baby burn cases from Banana Boat and other drugstore brands, a quick Google search would actually reveal how some products may not necessarily be as “baby-safe” as they claim to be 🙁
Sunscreen offer valuable protection, but some formulations may cause problems especially if you or your child have sensitive skin. Photoallergy occurs when sunlight combines with a chemical to bring on an allergic reaction, resulting in skin rash or sunburn. In the case of the Banana Boat accident, there are several different ingredients in the formula used that are known to trigger a reaction in sensitive people. The chemicals avobenzone, octinoxate, and octocrylene have all been linked to cases of photo allergy.
“Banana Boat uses the octocrylene as a base to prevent the sunscreening agent avobenzone from breaking down”, says Darrell Rigel, MD, a dermatologist at NYU’s Langone Medical Center. Reactions to octocrylene have been documented in children and adults, especially if they are also allergic to the pain reliever ketoprofen. Thus, depending on individuals, some ingredients used in conventional over-the-counter sunscreen may be secretly very harmful when exposed to sunlight.
Now that you know of some irritants commonly present in sunscreens, think twice before you spray that sunscreen all over your face and body. Although the chance is low, you never know when such an allergic reaction may happen to you or your loved ones. Thus, here at Charis Naturals, we only advocate for natural fragrance- and preservative- free products.
As an alternative to your conventional drugstore sunscreen, you might want to consider our multi-purpose Urtekram No Perfume Baby Zinc Cream 75ML. Besides its main function as a nappy cream, the zinc present can double up as a pleasant pimple cream or in this case, sunscreen as well! Quoting Alok Vij, MD, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic, “Mineral-based cream, like those with zinc or titanium, although harder to spread on the skin, they’re much less likely to trigger reactions.” Together with super nurturers like aloe vera, shea butter and evening primrose oil with birch sugar, this is our perfect solution to any nasty allergic reaction worries.