By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein
As moms, we have to make countless decisions about what goes into our children’s bodies from the foods they eat to the medicines they take, and with summer in full swing, we have to worry about what we put ON their bodies as well. Do you know that UVA protects you from those anti-aging rays while UVB protects you from actually burning? Do you know to multiply the SPF by 10 to get the number of minutes before your skin burns (minus what you lose sweating or in the pool)? Do you know you get more protection by reapplying SPF 15 multiple times than by applying SPF 30 once? It’s hard to wrap your head around all this information. And with countless sunscreens on the market, it’s hard to know which is which and which is best, making the otherwise unpleasant summer reality of applying sunblock even more annoying. So, we’ve whittled down the list to our four favorite sunscreens, perfect for the whole family.
Kiss My Face Sunscreen
Wholesome and pure, Kiss My Face is a favorite of savvy, health conscious moms who demand effective sun care products that are safe for their kids’ sensitive skin and easy to apply. Free of parabens, phthalates, SLS and artificial fragrances, the new Kiss My Face Kids Defense™ Air Powered Spray™ SPF 50, Kids Defense™ Mineral SPF 30 and Cool Sport Any Angle Air Powered Spray™ SPF 50 contain Antioxidant Defenders™ to protect against harmful UV rays. I personally love using the spray on the body and the mineral cream on the face. Kiss My Face sunscreens are available at Whole Foods, http://www.KissMyFace.com and natural retailers nationwide.
Supergoop! SPF 30+ Everyday UV Lotion Endless Summer Pump is totally true to its name. Powerful on results, gentle on skin, this moisturizing and Paraben-free broad spectrum SPF 30+ delivers powerful daily UV protection for the face and body while keeping skin soft, moisturized and hydrated. The perfect SPF solution, Everyday UV will not leave a greasy residue or white film on your skin. The oil free consistency and pump dispenser makes applying Supergoop super easy to apply and it really does last all summer. Water Resistant for up to 80 minutes. Visit http://www.supergoop.com, QVC and Nordstrom for their full line of sun protection products.
Suntegrity Skincare Unscented Body SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen
Ideal for babies, children and adults with sensitive skin, Suntegrity’s New Unscented Body SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen offers broad-spectrum protection and is free of harsh chemicals like parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic dyes, sulfates, nanoparticles and chemical UV absorbers. It’s non-greasy and contains 20% non-nano, uncoated zinc-oxide for therapeutic broad-spectrum protection against the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. This new sunscreen formula is easy to apply and loaded with antioxidants such as green tea extract and pomegranate seed oil for healthy protection all year round. Packaged in a lightweight tube, it can be tucked into any diaper bag, backpack or purse for use while on-the-go with kids this summer. Visit http://www.suntegrityskincare.
J. Michael Taylor, M.D., M.P.H., has launched the new Ocean Elements Sheer Daily Moisture SPF 30. The combination moisturizer-sunscreen harnesses the power of five naturally occurring marine ingredients, which have exceptional protective, hydrating, and restorative qualities. These are combined with natural emollients and non-chemical sun protection to protect, moisturize, and repair your skin. The combination moisturizer-sunscreen is unlike any other product on the market, as its ocean-inspired formula is sheer enough to be worn alone or under makeup. Visit http://www.oelements.com.
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