|Mama & Jemma | Summer 2011|
Lately, I’ve been reading up on the ingredients in sunscreen. Not the fanciest topic to peruse, but definitely informative. And, as a mama, it’s one of those important things to consider when spending time in the summer sun.
Here’s the scoop …
Sun protection falls into two categories – screens and blocks. Screens absorb into the skin and deflect/reflect the sun’s harmful rays through a chemical reaction. Blocks in the form of zinc oxide or titanium dioxide do just that, block the sun. The majority of what you’ll find on the shelves are a mix of the two, giving you a sunscreen/sunblock combination.
But, how keen are you on having your skin, the body’s largest organ, absorb ingredients strong enough to ward off the sun? Here’s your list of key words to stay away from when it comes to sun protection. They’ll do more harm than good!
- Benzophenone (benzophenone-3)
- Octy-methoxycinnamate (octinoxate)
- Parabens (butyl-, ethyl-, methyl-, and propyl-)
- Padimate-O and Parsol 1789 (2-ethylhexyl-4-dimethylaminobenzoic acid and avobenzone)
You can read more about why these are no-nos here.
My favorite sunscreens, especially for babies and children, are from ThinkBaby, Episencial, and Badger. All have a low toxin rating and offer protection without going overboard on chemicals. I’ll be staying away from anything Coppertone, Banana Boat, or in a spray can … they tend to rate high when it comes to harmful toxins and chemicals.
Of course, with any quality product you’re going to spend a little more. But shop around and I’m sure you’ll be able to catch some great summer sales. Happy shopping and have a safe, sunburn-free summer!