The skin is your largest organ.
Whatever you put on it, goes in it. Harmful chemicals that are applied topically via your cosmetics can permeate the skin, get into your blood stream and from there, into your entire body. Over time, they can accumulate, damage your cells, harm your organs and disrupt your endocrine system. In short: The type of products you use (soap, shampoo, lotion, makeup, and yes, sunscreen!) highly matters.
If you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, why would you put it on your skin?
This is the philosophy of 3rd Rock Essentials founder Dr. Guerry Grune – a surfer with a PhD in chemical engineering. He developed a line of cruelty-free skin and body care products* (including sunscreen, several skin ointments as well as an aluminum-free deodorant) that are not only all natural, non-toxic and non-GMO but also made exclusively with food grade edible ingredients.
Sunscreens fit into one of two categories – mineral and chemical with the most common ones on the US market being in the latter. These products typically include a combination of two to six active ingredients (oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate) known to penetrate the skin and cause allergic reactions, with many of them being potentially toxic to the reproductive system.
To the contrary, mineral sunscreens are made with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide and generally rate better than their chemical counterparts in terms of safety. According to the Environmental Working Group, mineral sunscreens are stable in sunlight, protect from both types of ultraviolet radiation (UVA and UVB) and typically do not contain any potentially harmful additives.
I think I know a thing or two about sunscreen given that I have lived in Phoenix for over ten years, a place where the sun shines an average of 299 days out of the year. I am constantly testing safe and effective products with SPF to slather all over myself and my kids, and out of all the ones I have tried (and trust me – there were many!) I can honestly say that I found a new favorite with the 3rd Rock Sun Block.
Over the last two weeks, I have been applying the “aromatherapeutic” variety (which has a faint but pleasant medicinal smell; also available in “unscented”) every morning on my arms and decotellage before taking on the day. I am happy to report that this broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection sunscreen lotion is lightweight and absorbs quickly without leaving a heavy white film on the skin. It is neither greasy nor sticky and a little goes a long way. Reef safe and water resistant for up to 80 minutes, I have also worn it to two pool parties and after a couple of hours of being in and out of the water, my skin was well protected without any signs of redness or irritation from the sun or the product.
This soothing and calming cream relieves itchy and irritated skin affected by bug bites, poison ivy and more. It is the perfect companion for active outdoor lifestyles and safe for all ages since it is free of toxins and food-grade edible. It contains Dr. Grune’s patented silver biopolymer (a chelated silver oxide formula) which, unlike colloidal silver oxide products, remains active for up to two and a half hours after it is applied to the skin.
This lightweight and non-greasy formula works effectively on dry spots and mosquito bites. I have also recently used it on my kids who developed a minor rash caused by too much chlorine and chafing from their bathing suits, and it provided instant relief.
Not to be confused with Neosporin (a triple antibiotic salve present in most first aid kits across North America), Nutrasporin is a non-toxic and petroleum-free first aid ointment suitable for treating scrapes, burns, rashes, infections, stings, bites, cold sores and other skin irritations in no time. Its secret? Once again: Chelated silver oxide. According to Dr. Grune, bacteria (like mold and mildew) need three things to grow: water, food, and a substrate (a surface to which microbes can attach themselves). If one of these components is not present, bacteria can no longer thrive. Silver oxide eliminates the substrate, thereby getting rid of the bad bacteria without upsetting the ones that maintain your immune system.
I have been using this natural antibiotic-free ointment on a small incision area I got from a minor surgery on my leg a few weeks back. According to my physician, it is in a difficult-to-heal area (just above my inner ankle) that seemed to not be getting any better. However, after applying Nutrasporin a couple of times a day for several days, I am finally noticing that my wound is starting to heal.
Curious to try 3rd Rock Essentials for yourself? I have teamed up with them to give away a set of the Sun Block, Itch Block and Nutrasporin Ointment ($50.00 value each) to not one but five lucky Healthy Haus readers.
Click HERE to enter the giveaway (open to US residents). Good luck!