Choose A Healthier Sunscreen With This Non-Toxic Ingredient Guide

Sunscreen needs no introduction. It's imperative that we make it a part of our skincare routines but be sure to look for non-toxic sunscreens. All you have to do is check for the right ingredients and stay away from the bad ones.


Just like your other personal care products, sunscreen can contain hormone-disrupting chemicals along with other harmful compounds.

Sunscreen ingredients to avoid:

  • Oxybenzone
  • Avobenzone
  • Homosalate
  • Octisalate
  • Octinoxate
  • Octocrylene
  • Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate)
  • Added insect repellent

Sunscreen products you want to avoid:

  • Aerosol sprays
  • Powder
  • SPF above 50

Non-toxic sunscreen ingredients to look for:

  • Zinc oxide
  • Titanium oxide

Non-toxic sunscreen products to look for:

  • Cream-based or sprays that use a bag method
  • Water-resistant
  • SPF that works for you (15-50)

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This is an excerpt from a post written by Amanda Montalvo, RD, FDN-P, an Integrative Dietitian that runs Your Non Toxic Life: a blog, nutrition consulting service, and Facebook group that helps women detoxify their minds and bodies and balance their hormones. Abridged content curated and edited by Nayla Al-Mamlouk.

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