Tag: oxybenzone

Cleaner Living: Best Sunscreens for 2013

So it is no secret that I turn to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) as a source for information on what is in conventional products and what effects certain chemicals can have on our (and our kids’) bodies.  When it comes to sun protection, their Sunscreen Guide is my go-to source for making sure the ones

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Cleaner Living: Toxin #3- Oxybenzone

Oxybenzone is another sunscreen culprit.  According to Wikipedia oxybenzone is an organic compound that has been shown to penetrate into the skin where it acts as a photosensitizer. This results in an increased production of free radicals under illumination, possibly making this substance a photocarcinogen.   It is a derivative of benzophenone, which can attack DNA when illuminated.  The European Commission on

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