The benefits of using a sunscreen are well known – but the side effects of some of the commonly used ingredients contained in sunscreens may not be so well known. These ingredients are in some but not all sunscreens, so it pays to be health-wise and read the ingredient labels.

Octinoxate is perhaps the most frequently found additive in sunscreen containing the all-important SPF or sun protection factor designation. Octinoxate is used because of its ability to be quickly absorbed into the skin and promote the quick absorption of other ingredients into the skin. The main problem with this chemical is its ability to disrupt the hormone estrogen. Not only humans but wildlife too can be exposed to the risks from this chemical due to exposure if the chemical is not fully absorbed into the skin before entering the water as this chemical can easily disperse in the […]