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Sunscreen ingredients

I'm going on vacation (yay!) , and I would really appreciate your advice on something: 

  • Aqua, Octocrylene, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Titanium Dioxide (nano), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Myristyl Myristate | Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Stearyl Alcohol, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Sodium Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Trimethoxycaprylylsilane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Trisodium EDTA.

What do you think about this ingredient list? It is Nivea Pure & Sensitive Lotion SPF 50+ for kids. I'd feel a lot safer if my sunscreen was approved by The Beauty Brains, I'm facing a very large risk of sunburn :)

Also, I've heard a lot of talk about hormone disruptors in the past, and I came to think of it when I was considering what sunscreen to use. Will this have an effect on my hormonal balance? Is there really such a thing as hormone disruptor, or is it just something hysteric chemofobes say? 


  • I'd expect this product to give good coverage since it contains a blend of Octocrylene, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone), Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine (Tinosorb S) and titanium dioxide. 

    While octocrylene has been linked to hormone disruption, the FDA has evaluated it and it's considered safe for use up to 10% in the forumla.  The European Union allows its use up to 10% in a formula and Health Canada allows a maximum use level of 12%. 
  • What about the alcohol in the formula? will it dry out the skin?
  • Yes, I meant to mention that. I'm not a big fan of alcohol in skin lotions. I does have the potential to dry out skin. 
  • Are there any ingredients that we in general should avoid when it comes to hormone disruption? Have you ever written anything on the subject? I wasn't able to find anything on your site :(
  • We haven't written researched hormone disruptors but every time we've seen the issue raised we've we seen a statement from a reputable body stating that the ingredients are safe. If we see any definitive cause for concern we'll certainly blog about it. 
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