Earlier this summer I shared this post with Sadie over at Brambles & Honey. Seeing that it doesn't get super warm in Washington until August or September, I figured it wasn't too late to share it here as well!
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|Mama & Jemma | Summer 2011|
Here's the scoop ...
Sun protection falls into two categories - screens and blocks. Screens absorb into the skin and deflect/reflect the sun's harmful rays through a chemical reaction. Blocks in the form of zinc oxide or titanium dioxide do just that, block the sun. The majority of what you'll find on the shelves are a mix of the two, giving you a sunscreen/sunblock combination.
But, how keen are you on having your skin, the body's largest organ, absorb ingredients strong enough to ward off the sun? Here's your list of key words to stay away from when it comes to sun protection. They'll do more harm than good!
- Benzophenone (benzophenone-3)
- Octy-methoxycinnamate (octinoxate)
- Parabens (butyl-, ethyl-, methyl-, and propyl-)
- Padimate-O and Parsol 1789 (2-ethylhexyl-4-dimethylaminobenzoic acid and avobenzone)
My favorite sunscreens, especially for babies and children, are from ThinkBaby, Episencial, and Badger. All have a low toxin rating and offer protection without going overboard on chemicals. I'll be staying away from anything Coppertone, Banana Boat, or in a spray can ... they made the Hall of Shame.
Vitacost.com - feel free to shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I can send you a referral coupon and we can both stock up on sun safety products!
Happy shopping and have a safe, sunburn-free summer!
Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep: Sunscreens 2012
Natural Sunscreen Choices
Sunscreen Exposed: 9 Surprising Truths
How to Make Non-Toxic Homemade Sunscreen
I'd love to hear about your favorite summer products, sunscreen or otherwise, so please share! And, I'm also curious about sun protection clothing/swimsuits ... what do you know about those?