Who knew sunscreen could be so complicated? After slathering Audrey in sunscreen all summer long during her first year, I read that it’s dangerous to do so until she reaches her first birthday. Then I found out that only certain sunscreens were safe. Yes, that cancer-preventing lotion was–get this–carcinogenic! The good news is, you don’t need to keep your baby covered from head to foot in loose-fitting robes or hide under a gigantic umbrella all summer long.
Check out the Environmental Working Group’s list of safe sunscreens. After studying thousands of sunscreens, they found that “4 out of 5 contain chemicals that may pose health hazards or don’t adequately protect skin from the sun’s damaging rays.” Here are the top four safest ray-blockers on the market:
|1. Soleo Organics Sunscreen Organic chemical free sunscreen SPF 30+|
|2. Keys Soap Solar Rx Cosmetic Moisturizing Sunblock, SPF 30|
|3. California Baby Sunblock Stick No Fragrance, SPF 30+|
|4. Badger Sunscreen, SPF 30|
Fretting about all the potential toxins I’ve exposed myself and my daughter to over the years doesn’t do me any good–but switching sunscreens seems like an easy way to block the rays without going into summer lock-down.
This post is a part of Works for Me Wednesday, a blog carnival at We are THAT Family.