So I am really new to the whole green movement. I am really excited about making the change. I am just curious if anyone knows of some good sunscreen for adults and children? Any help would be appreciated!
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I will be getting California Baby sunscreen for my baby. It is chemical free and safe to use on her face, which is one of them most important parts to protect! It's a little expensive, but after a lot of research it is the best that I've found. It is also great for adults as well, and has natural insect repellants.
Aveeno makies great sunscreen for adults and babies! Most doctors get free samples, don't hurt to ask your kids Doc if they have a sample.
I suggest going to safemama.com for more suggestions and information about sunscreen for babies and children.
I believe that the Blue Lizard contains nanoparticles according to the EWG's cosmetic database. Nanoparticles will not be listed on the label, but they are small enough to not only go into the bloodstream , but possibly the body's organs. I suggest googling nanoparticles to learn more.
I agree a little time without suncreen is OK, but many kids are in the sun for most of the day in the summer. We are using Burts Bees and find it helpful,safe and easy to apply.
I am thrilled to see so many people paying attention and learning more and more about the dangers of the many brands.
Obagi makes a great sunscreen for adults! I use it on my baby as well. The product has more zinc oxide than any others on the market which blocks UVA/B rays. I absolutely swear by it!!! You can buy it online or from most dermatologists and plastic surgeons!
When they are little put them out naked in a pool or towel for 10-20 min never 11-3. When older & wearing clothes at a park because they need sunshine vitamin D...it activates their calcium absorption and yours besides getting vitamin D...which so many are lacking (allergies & cancer prevention) in the northern part of the country. Remember all those chemicals from sunscreen & mosquito sprays go into the bloodstreem.
Oh, and don't be afraid to let your kids get some sun without the sunscreen. It's great for helping their bodies make vitamin D, a natural cancer fighter. The recommended "dose" for anyone is about 20 minutes a day with the sun hitting 40% of your body.
Just because something has organic ingredients does not mean it doesn't have chemicals too. Read ingredient labels and if you don't know what a particular ingredient is, research it. You can usually find the info. you need online.
i will give a big warning against avalon organics. i know of 2 kids plus my own who had crazy hives from that stuff. made me really sad. interestingly its made by the same company as earth's best and jason.
we love blue lizard sensitive. its hard to wash off but i feel like the kids are protected.
I used Blue Lizard last year and thought it was o.k. One of my children has very bad eczema and most sunscreens irritate her sensitive skin. I stumbled upon a zinc/titanium dioxide version by Earth's Best and we love it. It is very greasy and leaves a little white film but I like the fact that I know it's working. Especially in the pool, the water just beads on top of it. Also, the inactive ingredients are all natural (ie. chamomile, calendula, etc.), which has the added benefit of soothing her eczema, which incidentally, has improved since we started using this product. I think most zinc/titanium dioxide products work very well since they deflect the sun instead of absorbing it like most sunscreens.
There is another brand that I received a sample of during a cancer walk that we participated in this weekend and I think I may give that a shot, too. It's called Tru Block. I'll post again once we try it.
Mustela Bebe High Protection Sunscreen SPF 50 sunscreen is very good--zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, no chemical sunscreen agents. With the more natural sunscreens, they do go on thick and white and you have to rub them in. Environmental Working Group also recommended Blue Lizard, but it is hard to find the Sensitive version they recommended. Both are great, though.
The EWG ( http://www.ewg.org ) has a cosmetics database where you can search for products by toxicity or ingredients here:
with a special sunscreen guide:
The recommended sunscreens (less toxicity):
- California Baby Sunscreen Sticks
- Badger Sunscreen (the one we use)
- Keyes Soap
- Trukid facestick
The links above will give you more details about the products and the rankings. It's a great resource!
UV Naturals is another good one. The only approved for babies under 6 months and blocks UV A, UV B, and UV C.
I have also used california baby and I thought it worked really well. Goes on thick and white but then just disapears! So far so good!
Aubreys organics works well for the baby :) I was skeptical, but it works great.
I have been researching safe sunscreens since the weather started to warm up. If you visit diapers.com, that will give you a good starting point. They carry a wide variety of natural baby products, and you will at least be able to see some of the possibilities. I was going to start with California Baby first, but I always like to try a few different brands to see which one I like best. I haven't checked out Burt's Bees yet, but they are one of my favorites for other bath products. Please let us know if you find a really good one, and I will do the same.
I've just started using California Baby 30+ sunscreen for baby. For the most part, it's excellent - Smells great and goes on good. The only thing is it leaves baby a little greasy.
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