Although growing up, I did do a little bit of indoor tanning for trips here and there, but upon obvious research on how bad that is, I am a sunscreen wearer!! Also considering that Cancer does run in my family, and my mother has had skin cancer removed from her face, I figured that was reason enough to take better care of my skin when it comes to the sun.
Most mainstream sunscreens are terrible for you. Starting with the chemicals that soak in and go straight to the bloodstream, they can be detected in blood, urine and breastmilk for up to two days after one use. There are also several sunscreens that interfere with hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and thyroid). They can even cause abnormal development of fetuses and developing children, and early puberty. Even the most popular mainstream brands such as Banana Boat, Coppertone, Neutrogena, etc. are considered some of the worst sunscreens you can use.
Upon my retreat trip to Newport Beach, I stumbled across a sunscreen line called SUN BUM. All of their products are tested, approved and recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation. On top of being gluten free, hypoallergenic, water resistant and paraben free, they are also vitamin E enriched and extremely moisturizing. I purchased the SPF 70 Original Sunscreen Lotion and the Cool Down Aloe Vera spray.
Now, it sounds good, but does this vegan product actually work???
YES! And I know this because I put it on before I went paddle boarding, but forgot to get my upper back.. After being out in the sun for several hours, I literally had a curvy burn line when I had put it on, but missed my back. Fortunately, I did use the Cool Down spray, but the damage is really already done at that point! It was a pretty painful couple of days after that!
I am now taking this sunscreen with me whenever I do anything outdoors or on the water!
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Note: I did not receive these products for free or at a discount in exchange for my review. My review is based on my personal experience and opinion of the products.