Monday, March 19, 2012

Sunny Days

I am not sure about where you live, but here in Minnesota it is unseasonably warm.  Hot even!  It wouldn't be uncommon for mid-March to be hanging in the mid-20's and have a couple feet of snow!  

The past four days have been mid-70's humid, and may I say-WONDERFUL!  So, instead of piling the layers on my kiddos I am considering the layers of sunscreen!  

I too am concerned about the chemicals in the sunscreen products, but feel the need to keep my children protected from the sun and I refuse to keep them locked inside all summer.  I have seen the spray on sunscreen remove the characters off of sippy cups!  Yuck! 

Of course, the best options are to put light weight long clothing on your babies and to cover their heads with a nice floppy hat which protects ears, eyes, and noses.  However, we all know not all toddlers will stand for that.  Hats in my house are used as projectiles so, until they keep them glued onto their little heads, I too will be using sunscreen.  

I found some all natural options that we will be trying this year:

Nature's Gate
Mineral Kid's Block SPF 20

Our mineral-based Kid'sblock SPF 20 goes on easily and works effectively without the use of harsh sunscreens or ultra fine nanoparticles. Contains Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide which work by scattering light rays instead of absorbing them.Pediatrician tested and specially developed for children's sensitive skin, this fragrance-free formula features Calendula, Marshmallow and Chamomile & Aloe Extracts to help soothe and nourish skin. Offers UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection. Paraben Free. 

Badger SPF 30+ Lightly Scented Sunscreen

Lightly Scented Lavender

Contains Organic Ingredients

Safe, Effective, and Responsible. Badger Sunscreen provides the safest, most effective sun protection for the whole family. This is our original formula, lightly scented with pure, steam-distilled Lavender essential oil. Totally natural, broad spectrum protection using the mineral zinc oxide, not chemicals or titanium dioxide. Rich in Certified Organic ingredients, biodegradable, water resistant for at least 40 minutes, safe for children of all ages, blocks both UVA and UVB rays, and thoroughly moisturizes your skin while protecting you from the sun. Our BPA- and Phthalate-free packaging is made from >50% Post-Consumer Recycled #2 plastic. Previously sun-shy Badgers can now be sighted around the world with their noses happily pointed towards the warm, luxurious sunshine! We'll meet you at the beach!
Active Sunscreen Ingredient: Non-Nano, Uncoated Zinc Oxide 18.75%

Baby Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 – 3.5 oz

Made with Completely Non-Toxic Certified Organic Ingredients

There’s nothing softer than your baby’s skin!  To protect and nourish baby’s ultra-sensitive skin, we created Goddess Garden All Natural Baby Sunscreen SPF 30. Pure zinc oxide provides the safest and most powerful broad spectrum FDA-approved sun protection available.  Our All natural completely Non-toxic sunscreen is packed with the purest certified organic ingredients, vitamins and antioxidants that hydrate baby’s delicate skin.

• Completely Non-Toxic and Chemical Free
• Made with Certified Organic Ingredients
• Water Resistant - SPF 30 broad-spectrum UVA/UVB coverage
• Pediatrician & Dermatologist Recommended   

Cover Up Baby SPF 50
6oz $11.99

Fun in the sun shouldn’t end with a sting!  BabyGanics’ Cover-Up Baby Sunscreen is specially formulated to help protect the tiniest of tots and retains its SPF strength for up to 80 minutes - even after a dip in the kiddie pool (now that’s what we call waterproof).  
BabyGanics’ mineral based 50+SPF lotion provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and even moisturizes as it protects. So go ahead and use it everywhere….face and body – BabyGanic’s has your little one covered!

Hypoallergenic, Fragrance Free, Pediatrician & Dermatologist Tested
NO PABA, NO Parabens, NO Sulfates, NO Phthalates 

UV Natural Baby SPF 30+ Sunscreen
50 grams $14.95
Broad spectrum
2 hours water resistant

For the most precious family members, UV Natural BABY is perfectly formulated to protect your baby’s soft and sensitive skin against sunburn.
A blend of calming and soothing oils and extracts act as anti-oxidants to moisturise and hydrate the skin.

· zinc oxide 24.8%
· zinc stearate
· grape seed oil
· macadamia oil
· natural vitamin E
                         · green tea extract
                             · grape seed extract
                    · colloidal silica
             · iron oxide

California Baby® No Fragrance SPF 30+ Sunscreen

6oz⁄171g - Price $39.99
 Our award-winning sunscreen (that's right, we won Web MD's Expert's Choice Award for this product!) now comes in a great new size that's perfect for families. Like all of California Baby's chemical-free sunscreen, our SPF 30+ No Fragrance formula is gentle on sensitive skin and contains titanium dioxide, which creates a broad-spectrum physical barrier between your skin and damaging UVA and UVB rays. The very water-resistant sunscreen is very concentrated—a little goes a long way. It glides on smoothly for protection that's easy to apply. Packed in a convenient 6-ounce tube so there's enough sunscreen here to last you through many sun-filled summer days. Wearing a hat to protect baby's scalp and sunglasses to protect baby's eyes are also an important part of sun safety.

Eco logical Skin Care Baby SPF 30+All Natural Skin Care
1.8 oz $13.99 
ecō introduces a formula powerful in UV protection yet gentle enough for the tender skin of infants. ecō BABY utilizes the same powerful protection tools from free radical damage as ecō BODY. In conjunction with the moisturizing and emollient properties of Shea butter and Jojoba, Avocado and Carrot oil provide gentle yet effective protection for delicate and sensitive skin.
ecō BABY provides the same level of UV protection as ecō BODY, the same level of water resistance, yet it goes even further in moisturizing and nourishing the skin for the most gentle and sensitive members of your family. For adults and children of all ages, children under 6 months consult a physician.
There are a bunch of all natural sunscreen products out there, this is just a short list that I found.  If you have a product you love, please be sure to share!
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