I have two of the palest children on the face of the earth. My mom laughs about how crazy I am about sunblock. It’s something that terrifies me- they would burn after 15 minutes of sun without some kind of sun protection. After learning more about what was in all the sunscreens at the store (many of them have chemicals that CAUSE cancer, heart disease and aggravate allergies!!!) , I decided that I really needed to up my game when it comes to sunscreen/sunblock.
With my daughter having just finished her first year of kindergarten, I’ve come to deal with the fact that they aren’t allowed to bring sunscreen to school without a doctor’s note which I think is absolutely ridiculous. But I had to comply, so every morning, I’d cover her head to toe with sunblock and send her to school hoping they didn’t spend too much time outside. I’m delighted to see just a day or two ago that the AMA (American Medical Association) has made the recommendation that kids be allowed to bring and apply sunscreen at school. I can’t believe it took them this long!
I found a few good sun blocks that didn’t have parabens and oxybenzone. The FDA says that they are safe, but as we know, just because the FDA says something is safe, doesn’t mean it is… So I’m sticking to the all natural ones. My favorites are California Baby and the Badger Balm SPF 35 Sport Sunscreen (Unscented).
There’s also a whole bunch of diy-sunblock recipes I’m thinking about experimenting with, but for now, it’s nice to know that when I slather the Badger Balm on my little ones, they’ll be protected. One thing to remember, because all these all-natural and safe sunscreens don’t have all the chemicals, you’re probably not going to find any with super high SPF levels, so you’ll need to reapply every 45 minutes to an hour depending on the sun and if they’re in the water.