Sunny days are the best Seni days! Our family loves summer, but both Seni and her Dad have the fairest skin ever.
Yes, it’s hard to believe Seni’s part Filipina with that pale skin of hers, but she gets it from her Daddy! She also inherited his tendency to sunburn so protecting her skin is a MUST MUST MUST.
Chasing her around with globs of sunscreen isn’t the only challenge this Mom faces. Finding a truly non-toxic and highly effective solutions is actually the hardest part.
Not to worry, we’ve done some research and we’re here to break down:
Before we roll out the Sunscreen offenders list, please take note that while the new trend of spraying on sunscreens may feel convenient and easy, it’s not exactly safe.
Sure, it coats on the SPF, but it also releases tiny particles of product into the air… the air that you immediately breathe in or that touches your eyes and those around you. (Yes, even if you close your eyes and hold your breath for an insanely long time.)
So sadly, aerosol spray-able sunscreens are a NO-NO.
Okay, on to the main event.
The bottom line: each of these is toxic and has been linked to major hormone disruption and, in lab studies, birth defects.
Use SPF products with Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide since these two don’t penetrate the skin. Again, NO sprays!
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One last note about protecting your infant or baby’s skin: Babies under the age of around 1 year (please consult your pediatrician) can’t use sunscreen at all.
So no playing in the sun for baby and call your little one’s doctor for more info.
As always, going green is a gradual process in which small steps lead to big changes. Don’t freak, just replace your next empties with greener products and feel good and grateful for your newfound knowledge.
Have a fabulous summer playing with the fam!