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Stay Safe This Summer With Chemical-Free Sunscreen and DEET-Free Bug Repellent, Says Natural Solutions Magazine
Date:7/9/2008

BOULDER, Colo., July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- People are more likely to be active in the summertime -- hiking, biking, swimming, or just relaxing in the backyard -- than at any other time of the year. And the sun's rays and myriad pesky flying insects are at their peak. Natural Solutions: Vibrant Health Balanced Living magazine has compiled a list of nontoxic sunscreens and insect repellents just in time for the dog days ahead. The August issue, on newsstands now, reports in the articles "Slather, Play, Repeat: Sun Encounters of the Safest Kind" and "A Better Buzzkill" that there are healthier ways to protect your skin when it's under attack.

"We should all use sunscreen on a regular basis this time of year, but even some natural sunscreens contain ingredients we should avoid. Chemicals and nanoparticles of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide -- created from nanotechnology -- are tiny enough to be absorbed into the skin," says Linda Sparrowe, editor-in-chief of Natural Solutions. "While zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are regarded as safe and effective sunscreens, this article highlights potential problems when they are 'nanoized' and offers a list of alternative products."

Natural Solutions' editors tested seven sunscreens devoid of nanoparticles. Their three favorite brands based on absorbability include Lavera Family Sun Spray SPF 15, Lotus Moon Sage Sun Protective Creme SPF 25, and Alba Botanica Fragrance Free Mineral Sunscreen SPF 18.

DEET, a pesticide developed by the U.S. Army in 1946, is the active ingredient in most conventional insect repellents. Yet the EPA says exposure to DEET should be brief, alluding to its toxicity. For a nontoxic, bug-free summer, head to the natural products store for lemon-eucalyptus oil, citronella oil, neem oil, and lavender oil, all of which throw bugs off the human scent and make skin taste unappealing.

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