Just because you are familiar with a product doesn’t make it safe. For years I chose Neutrogena sunscreen for my family because I had always used it and I believed it to be a solid and effective choice. But it is important to know the truth about sunscreens and I soon discovered something: there are reports that chemical sunscreens that contain the compound oxybenzone (like those found in Neutrogena) absorb through the skin and may disrupt the hormone system. I reviewed these reports from EWG, The Environmental Working Group, and immediately stopped using it and switched to others (from EWG’s list of best beach and sports sunscreens). Safer choices include UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum sunscreens with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
And although I feel more comfortable using safer sunscreens that is only one part of my sun care regimen: I accessorize with hats and UVA/UVB sunglasses, I stay out of the sun more – especially during the hottest part of the day, and I cover up. I will even catch the sun for 10-15 minutes early in the day without any coverage for some added vitamin D. Just being mindful of the hidden dangers will do so much for your good health and satisfaction.