EWG Best Sunscreens for 2018

sunscreen-kidsThe long weekend is right around the corner and people are packing up their cars to head to the beach. One thing you don’t want to forget to pack is the right sunscreen! Environmental Working Group (EWG) has put out their 12th annual guide to the best sunscreens, to help you choose safe and effective sun protection for you and your loved ones. EWG rates thousands of sunscreens from 0 to 10. This is known as the ingredient hazard score and reflects known and suspected hazards of ingredients. The safest products are rated 0 to 2 (green). Products that are rated 3 to 6 (yellow) have moderate hazards to health, and from 7 to 10 (red) are considered high hazards to health. Continue reading “EWG Best Sunscreens for 2018”

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My 5 “Must Haves” for Weekend Getaways

Once the warm weather starts, my husband and I pack up the kids and head to our little sanctuary up north. There is bound to be something left behind with the numerous trips we make, but I always make sure that these five items are in my purse or diaper bag before the car rolls of out of the driveway.

1. Sunscreen: I have talked about this many times, but Badger Unscented SPF 30 sunscreen is the best sunscreen for my kids. It is a bit thick, since zinc oxide is the main ingredient, but the protection it provides is worth it. Even my little girl, who inherited by husbands’s English/Irish complexion, stays burn-free with this product. Since we are outdoors most of the time, this is a must!

2. Insect repellent: Did I mention that the mosquito is the area’s national animal?! Wearing light-colored clothing and covering as much possible helps, but we also spray Quantum Buzzaway Insect Repellent to help keep these pesky insects away. Made with essential oils, it is even safe to use on my 1-year-old. Continue reading “My 5 “Must Haves” for Weekend Getaways”

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Safe Sunscreen That Works

Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit organization that uses public information to protect health and the environment, puts out a list of safe and reliable sunscreens. The list includes sunscreens from companies like Badger and California Baby, both of which use titanium dioxide as sunblock.

They also found that a form of vitamin A (retinyl palmitate) found in many sunscreens can actually speed the development of skin tumors and lesions in lab animals. Sort of defeats the purpose of sunblock, eh? You can read the full report here.

Last year we posted a great blog about Green Sunscreen and it gives you an excellent review of what to look for in a sunscreen. Personally, I use Badger SPF 30, on both myself and my 16-month-old son, and we have found it to be very effective.

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