Summer is almost here, or at least for us in the Mid-West of Canada, we are hopeful that it's right around the corner. The cold, bitter, snowy winter will soon be replaced with hot, humid and sticky summer. As a Canadian, we enjoy the finer weather. We don't see if often, nor does it stick around very long, so even on milder days you will find many of us dressed in shorts and t-shirts. Seeing as we also do not see the sun very often (it can feel like months pass without the bright yellow ball of fire in the sky) we tend to burn a bit easier. Our skin is rather delicate and for my daughter and I, our red hair, ghost white skin is very fragile. I'll admit, I never care about sunscreen and I got burnt a lot. When Bee was born and I made the decision to change our life for the better, sunscreen became a top priority. So what do I use or what do I recommend? Here are 4 sunscreens that are great at keeping one from looking like a sizzling piece of bacon and rather mildly ghost like.
1. Goddess Garden* - Made with a simple ingredient list for your baby's sensitive skin, free of chemical sunscreens and made with certified organic ingredients. Water resistant to 40 minutes with SPF 30 broad-spectrum UVA/UVB coverage, pediatrician & dermatologist recommended, biodegradable, reef-safe, cruelty free, vegan, Non-GMO, and Non-Nano.
EWG Rating -1
Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (6.4%), Zinc Oxide (6.0%) INACTIVE: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Oil), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil*, Glycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Sorbitan Oleate, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Xanthan Gum *CERTIFIED ORGANIC
*This is what we use, love it and have great success with it.
2. Green Beaver - Organic Certified, Health Canada approved non-whitening, waterproof, fragrance-free Non-nano, non-silicone coated, spreads evenly and quickly.
EWG Rating - 1
Ingredients: Active Ingredient Actif (W/W): zinc oxide / oxyde de zinc 21% Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Isostearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Glycerin, Sorbitan Olivate, Glyceryl Stearate, Acacia decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower seed wax/Polyglyceryl-3 esters, Dicaprylyl carbonate, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil*, d-alpha Tocopheryl acetate, Hydrolyzed Jojoba esters, Jojoba Esters, Aqua (Purified water).
3. Think Baby - First Sunscreen to pass Whole Foods Premium Care Requirements. Free of biologically harmful chemicals. No Avobenzone, Oxybenzone, or UV Chemical absorbents. Highest SPF 50+ (per FDA 2012 Rules - any sunscreens boasting higher are falsely marketing) Highest level of Broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection (per FDA 2012 Rules) Highest level of water resistance (80 minutes) (per FDA 2012 Rules) Non-nano, paraben, phthalates, PABA and 1,4 dioxane free, Applies and absorbs easily.
EWG Rating - 1
Ingredients: Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 20% (Non-nano) Inactive Ingredients: purified water (0), aloe barbadensis leaf juice(0), capric caprylic triglycerides(0), sorbitan stearate (coconut based) (1), pine wood resin (0), vegetable glycerin (0), cetyl dimethicone(0), hydrogenated castor oil (0), magnesium sulfate (epsom salt) (0), sunflower oil, jojoba oil (0), ascorbic acid (vitamin ) (0), tocopherols (vitamin E) (1), olive oil (0), raspberry seed oil (0), cranberry seed oil (0), hyaluronic acid (made from vegetable) (0), papaya (0)
4. Badger - Safe, Effective, & Gentle Baby Sunscreen. Badger's SPF30 Baby Sunscreen Cream contains non-nano Zinc Oxide to protect from both UVA & UVB rays, in a base of safe, soothing USDA Certified Organic ingredients. It is water & sweat resistant for 40 minutes, biodegradable, and works immediately upon application.. Packaged in a BPA- and Phthalate-free, recyclable #2 plastic tube. This Baby Sunscreen Cream has the mild scent of Chamomile and Calendula, and can be used by the whole family! Pediatrician tested & approved safe for babies and kids.
EWG Rating - 1
Ingredients: Active Sunscreen Ingredient: Non-Nano, Uncoated Zinc Oxide 18.75% Other Sunscreen Ingredients: *Helianthus Annuus (Organic Sunflower) Oil, *Cera Alba (Organic Beeswax), Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E), CO2 Extracts of *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Organic Seabuckthorn), and *Calenduls Officinalis (Organic Calendula), *Anthemis Nobilis (Organic Chamomile) Essential Oil.
* = Certified Organic
There are other sunscreens on the market. Make sure to do your research, I highly recommend visiting the EWG to view their ratings, keep in mind you want something that is either a 1 or 2. You will want to look for natural and organic ingredients, something that is reef safe, mineral based, a decent uva/uvb strength and easy to apply. Most importantly, ingredient read, there are some sunscreens that may use organic and natural ingredients and market that, but if you take a look at their ingredient list, you will quickly see there are some chemicals in those sunscreens that are best to avoid.