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Sunscreen Safety For Your Little One

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What you put ON their bodies - goes INTO their bodies.

Spring and Summer are upon us! And there is nothing more exciting to your little ones than getting outside after being cooped up throughout the winter months! And though this may be an exciting time for them - it may cause a little stress and anxiety for parents as the sun can be harmful to their sensitive skin.

So, our natural response as parents is to lather them up in the HIGHEST SPF sunscreen we can find at the local grocery store. Some of us never even think to research what is put into these sunscreens - We think - "Well, it's on the shelf, which must mean it's safe - PLUS it has a picture of a little girl and a puppy on it, so it must be gentle!" W.R.O.N.G
It's time to dive a little deeper, parents. JUST because a sunscreen says it is safe, or even "all natural" that doesn't mean it is. We did a considerable amount of research on the EWG website (The Environmental Working Group is an American environmental organization that specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of toxic chemicals, agricultural subsidies, public lands, and corporate accountability.)

And we found some shocking information -


Every year more than TWO MILLION Americans find out they have skin cancer!! Why is this number so high with so many sunscreens on the shelves? To put it simply - because we are given a false sense of security with the SPF rating.

The SPF rating isn't as important as you think!

The SPF (Sun Protection Factor) ONLY measures the sunscreen's ability to deflect skin burning UVB rays. It DOES NOT reflect the sunscreen's ability to filter out UVA rays that cause skin damage, immune suppression - and possibly melanoma.

The EWG also warns to STAY AWAY from the potentially toxic ingredient -

VITAMIN A!

What? It's a vitamin, how could this be bad?! They report that Vitamin A (aka retinyl palmitate & retinol) hastens the development of skin tumors and lesions on sun-exposed skin and shows in up in approximately 20% of beach and sport sunscreens & 12% of SPF moisturizers.

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So, how do we fix this problem? How can we be sure that what we are putting on our little one's skin to protect them, isn't actually HARMING them? For THOUSANDS of years- people have been using NATURAL ingredients to protect their skin from the sun - how do you think they did it BEFORE all of these crazy scientific experiments in a bottle started showing up on shelves? Well, we have two solutions for you: We've provided you with a DIY at-home sunscreen and a guide to buying the best sunscreens on the market!

1. DIY ESSENTIAL OIL ALL-NATURAL SUNBLOCK

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup carrier oil - (choose a natural oil such as jojoba oil, coconut oil, or olive oil)
  • 5 tsp Zinc Oxide - (make sure this is pure - this is your 'sunscreen' ingredient)
  • 1 tbsp Beeswax
  • 3 tbsp Natural Aloe Vera
  • 1/2 cup Distilled Water
  • 2-3 capsules of Vitamin E
  • 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Helichrysum Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Myrrh Essential Oil

DIRECTIONS:

  • Heat your carrier oil and beeswax on a double boiler until just melted
  • Remove from heat
  • Add vitamin E and essential oils
  • Put into bowl 
  • Add zinc oxide and set aside
  • In a small pan  - heat water and aloe vera until just warm
  • Add water and aloe vera mixture to your first mixture - slowly and whisking vigorously

REMEMBER: avoid using essential oils with citrus in the sun!

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If making your own sunscreen isn't your cup of tea - do not worry. There are safe and effective sunscreens available for purchase. We researched hundreds of sunscreens and found our four favorites.

We've listed their ingredients, price, and where to buy. 

 

OUR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ALL-NATURAL SUNSCREENS:

 

Now that you have solutions to your sunscreen paranoia you'll have one less thing to stress about with your days in the sun with your children.

Knowledge is power, and together we can provide our children a safe way to enjoy their childhood.

READ MORE ABOUT THE SAFETY OF SUNSCREENS AT - WWW.EWG.ORG/2014SUNSCREEN

2 comments

  • Janet R.: May 03, 2015

    Very helpfup! Thanks for posting this for us Moms! :^)

  • Michaela G: April 24, 2015

    Great information, great article! Thank you so much!

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