Sunscreen Tips / Comparison

Ingredients:

Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 55

Active Ingredients:
Avobenzone 3.0%, Homosalat 10.0%, Octisalate 5.0%, Ostocrylene 2.8%, Oxybenzone 6.0%

Inactive Ingredients:
Water, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Styrene Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, Diethylhexyl 2 6 Naphthalate, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Dimethicone, Ethylhexl Glycerin, Caprylyl Methicone, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Stearate, BHT, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG 100 Stearate, Trideceth 6, Behenyl Alcohol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Fragrance

Nature’s Gate Sport Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Dry Finish

Active ingredients:
Octinoxate 7.5%,Octisalate 5%,Octocrylene 7%,Zinc oxide 6.9%

Inactive ingredients:
aloe barbadensis leaf juice, caprylhydroxamic acid, caprylic/capric triglyceride, caprylyl glycol, cetyl dimethicone, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, dicaprylyl ether, glycerin, hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) extract, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower extract, magnesium sulfate, neopentyl glycol diethylhexanoate, neopentyl glycol diisostearate, polyglyceryl-2 dipolyhydroxystearate, polyglyceryl-4 isostearate, sodium chloride, tocopheryl acetate, triethoxycaprylylsilane, water.

Badger Broad Spectrum SPF 34

Active Ingredient:
Non-Nano, Uncoated Zinc Oxide 18.75%

Ingredients:
*Olea Europaea (Organic Extra Virgin Olive) Oil, *Cera Alba (Organic Beeswax), *Butyrospermum Parkii (Organic Shea) Butter, *Theobroma Cacao (Organic Cocoa) Butter, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Oil, Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E), and CO2 Extract of *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Organic Seabuckthorn).

* = Certified Organic
Total Organic Content: 81.05%

Why Did I Make the Switch?

After doing extensive research, and also reading the ingredient list, although I loved my dry touch Neutrogena, it didn’t seem like the best options. It’s loaded with synthetic ingredients, including parabens. Ironically, it’s endorsed as #1 Dermatologist Recommended Suncare and has won awards from Allure Magazine.

Nature’s Gate — Probably better than the Neutrogena as it is free of parabens, phthalates, and xoybenzone, but still not the best.

Badger has no oxybenzone, octisalate, octinoxate, avobenzone, or added Vitamin A. It’s going to take some time to get used to, but in the long run, I think it will pay off 🙂 OH YEAH, if you decide to go with Badger, it is much more expensive and you REALLY have to rub it in or you might walk around looking like a ghost!

Note: Sunscreen loses potency after 1 year, supposedly…

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