Let’s talk about sunscreen.
It’s Summer! Which means it’s hot and sunny and you’re outside all the time. I needed to find some options for this summer, so thought I’d share what I’ve learned and liked in case you’re also looking for sunscreen.
We all know sunscreen is important so I probably don’t need to tell you why we all should wear it, but do you know if your sunscreen has safe ingredients? Figuring out stuff like this is hard for me to keep track of even though I know I should. So, in my research process, I started with the EWG’s (Environmental Working Group) Guide to Sunscreen. They rate sunscreens and other beauty products so I don’t have to remember which ingredients are unsafe. Curious about which, specifically, are bad for you? Check out their Hall of Shame! Sadly, many Neutrogena sunscreens are on the list which has been my go-to for a long time!
What do I even mean about “safe” sunscreens? There are ingredients in some sunscreens that act like estrogen once absorbed or speed the development of skin tumors. Sooo…yeah. I’m sure you want to avoid those too!
Before we get into sunscreens that I personally recommend, let’s chat about spray sunscreens. Let me lay it out there that the EWG does not like spray sunscreens due to their potential to be inhaled and potential lack of coverage. But, I’m a mom and let me tell you how much easier it is to apply a spray than a lotion on a busy toddler or 4 year old…or an adult in their 30s! So, I make the girls look away when I spray and am vigilant about how I spray it for myself and them to ensure I get full coverage. I’d recommend a lotion for your face so you aren’t spraying it directly in your or your kid’s face.
Ok, now for my sunscreen recommendations!
– Coola sport sunscreen spray. I like this one in the citrus mimosa or coconut scent, but I’ve heard they all smell good. Super easy to spray on and not greasy at all. Spray and go…literally!
– Alba Very Emollient Mineral Sunscreen. Even if you use a spray, you’ll want a lotion for your face and because the sprays run out after only a few sprays, the lotion can be more cost effective!
– Honest sunscreen spray. This is thicker than the Coola one that I recommended for adults. You do need to rub it in a bit after spraying, but it still is much easier than a lotion.
– Baby-ganics mineral based sunscreen spray. This is not an aerosol spray. Because of that, it is not a completely even spray so you will be rubbing it in, but it works well.
Happy skin protecting! Do you have any other favorite sunscreens you’d recommend?