How To Avoid Toxic Ingredients in Sunscreen and Insect Repellent

Toxic Ingredients In Sunscreen and Insect Repellent
Depending on the country one lives in, most manufactured sunscreen and insect repellent products are required to post ingredients on labels.  However, this still does not preclude the possibility that toxic ingredients may be contained in sunscreen and insect repellent. Therefore, it's necessary to know which toxins may be hazardous to health. Consumers are reliant upon product labels for the information that provides a means to check levels of toxicity of ingredients.

How To Avoid Toxic Ingredients in Sunscreen And Insect Repellent
When reading labels, read both "Active" and "Inert" ingredients.  Tick repellent, as an example, mostly contains DEET (N.N-diethyl-meta-toulamide) and related isomers.  Remember to check the percentage of volume of insect repellent ingredients.  The higher the volume of DEET, the more likely the strength of the product will be potentially harmful. The most often used natural ingredient in insect repellent is citronella.  Citronella, as the name implies, is an oil extract of the leaves of cymbopogon. Limonene is the chief component in citronella.


Though sunscreens are intended to protect skin from harmful sun rays, it's equally important to read the labels on bottles of sunscreen before purchasing.  Check the percentage of volume of the most active ingredient, usually 2-ethylhexyl p-methoxycinnanate Oxybenzone.  Some sunscreens also contain PABA (para aminobenzoic acid) in varying percentages.  Other ingredients might be lanolin, aloe, alcohol and essences that add fragrance to the product.  For certain individuals, these may cause an allergic reaction.  However, the warnings for any hazards should always be clearly printed of the label.

Avoid Toxic Skin Products
Where protecting the outer layer of skin is concerned, the ingredients in sunscreens and insect repellents should be gentle enough in combination with each other to avoid rashes and other skin irritations.  Read carefully label warnings for other areas of the body such as the eyes, nose or mouth.  Often, toxins enter into the body from these cavities.  It's important to note whether or not any of the hazards listed on a label include these areas and what the immediate antidote should be if exposure occurs and causes difficulty breathing or if it is accidentally ingested.

Know The Ingredients
Educating oneself regarding ingredients in sunscreens and insect repellent is not only practical from a safety standpoint; but, it is also a good way to become familiar with the types of ingredients contained in these particular products.  In the case of insect repellents, it's crucial to follow the directions for use explicitly.  The purpose of insect repellent is to repel insects while keeping humans relatively safe.  With regard to sunscreens, the overall value of protecting the skin from harmful sun's rays shouldn't be compromised by toxic ingredients.  Therefore, reading sunscreen labels can be beneficial to avoid improper usage.


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