The answer appears to be yes, going by this table compiled by the Environmental Protection Agency featuring chemical and physical sunscreen ingredients as well as the type and amount of ray protection that they provide and their class.
Burt’s Bees is a brand of affordable natural personal care products that I loved until last year when the local distributor shared with me some bits of information about the line. The information, along with news that the company was acquired by the bleach producing company Clorox, created some unease for me and sort of killed my interest in their products. I still use some of their lip balms and body lotion but I stopped buying anything new from them.
One of the key reasons I’m uncomfortable with using chemical sunscreens is because studies at all levels have proven that chemical sunscreens penetrate the skin, get into the bloodstream and are harmful to the body. As a matter of fact, a widely-used sunscreen ingredient called Oxybenzone, also known as Benzophenone-3, has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage with a new study recently published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to back it up.
These are from my recent Mexoryl-based sunscreen loot:
- Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 50+ Face Cream For Reactive Skin
- La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Fluide Extreme For Face
- La-Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Lait Veloute Face & Body Lotion
In my earlier entry about Mexoryl-based sunscreens for maximum protection, I mentioned I wanted to get one or two to try out but eventually, I went out to buy three of them. They were all below S$40 and La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL 50+ Fluide Extreme in particular was even going for under S$20 with a special promotion. So it was really hard to resist.