Sunscreen Guide

Summer is here so let the outdoor fun begin! As a kid, I remember when we went to the beach, my parents would “butter” my nose and cheeks with zinc oxide. Even though I look pretty funny in my pictures, it reminded me of a product that really works. The other day, I went shopping for zinc oxide and found it nearly impossible to find even though it is listed by EWG (Environmental Working Group) as one of the safest ingredients you can use. When I scan the sunscreen shelves, I see so many familiar brands and certainly a lot more choices than when I was a kid. So how do you choose? It’s recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation to choose a broad spectrum sunscreen (protects from UVA & UVB rays) and one that contains a combination of avobenzone, ecamsule (Mexoryl), titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. EWG released the 2011 best sunscreens list for adults and children. For the best protection and least exposure to hazardous chemicals you should avoid sprays and powder sunscreens. Look for sunscreens that contain zinc & titanium as the main ingredient and try to avoid those that contain oxybenzone (also known as benzophenone-3) which is absorbed through the skin and can cause allergic reactions and in animal tests, disrupts hormones.

I quickly researched where you can find some of the top sunscreens to make shopping for the best sunscreens more convenient for you. As a reminder, check the expiration date of your sunscreen before using and be sure to reapply every 30 minutes. Happy summer 2011 to all!

1. Alba Botanica – Target & Walgreens $8.99
2. Aveeno Baby Natural – Target & Walgreens $8.99
3. Badger – Walgreens $15.99
4. Blue Lizard – Walgreens $ 14.99
5. California Baby – Target $13.49
6. Kiss My Face – Walgreens $10.99
7. Natures Gate – Walgreens $8.99
8. Think Baby & Think Sport – Target $16.99

Also take a look at the following “Best List’s” by EWG.

Best Lip Balms with SPF
http://breakingnews.ewg.org/2011sunscreen/best-sunscreens/best-lip-balms-with-spf/

Best Moisturizers with SPF
http://breakingnews.ewg.org/2011sunscreen/best-sunscreens/best-moisturizers-with-spf/

Best Makeup with SPF
http://breakingnews.ewg.org/2011sunscreen/best-sunscreens/best-makeup-with-spf/

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