Have you heard? As of May 1, many common sunscreens are being banned in Hawaii, due to the destruction that their ingredients cause to the coral reefs. Read more here. Can you imagine? If these ingredients are so destructive to sea life, what are the effects that they are having on our bodies? When you apply a lotion to your body, it seeps into your pores and truly effects your blood, organs and nervous system!
Label reading is a tough job and we don't always know what to look for. I have been asked about sunscreen by SO many this summer, so I put together a list of my top favorites for your entire family. The basic answer for you is to use products with mineral filters vs. chemical filters - look for the active ingredients of zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. DO NOT USE products that contain oxybenzone or octinoxate. These are the ingredients that have been banned in Hawaii and they are found in many common products at the drug store like Coppertone, Banana Boat, and Blue Lizard.
This list is a compilation of the products that I have tested and choose for our family. At the bottom of the list, you will find products that I would choose (and not choose) at Target if I found myself without sunscreen and had to make a quick Target run. They aren't my top choices, but this happened to me recently and I had to make a decision, based on their selection. If you can, order your products ahead of time from one of these superior choices - but in a dash, I've got you covered ;)
Makeup with SPF
Moisturizer with SPF
Lipcare with SPF
SPF for the Family
Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen Unscented SPF 30 (make sure you get Unscented, if using on children)
SPF for Babies
If I had to make a quick Target run, here's what I would choose:
I would NOT choose: Blue Lizard, Alba Botanicals, BabyGanics, Goddess Garden (not because of ingredients, but this one is terrible to rub-in), Coppertone, Neutrogena, Banana Boat, Aveeno
Additional Sun Protection for Baby
We went to the beach a couple of weeks ago with our 8 month-old and plan to go back a couple more times before the end of summer (praise hands!!). Here are some items that we found useful:
Sunhat (a lot of hats we've tried are too floppy and Chapel wouldn't wear them. This one has a just-right brim!)
** GIFT WITH PURCHASE** From now through Monday 6/11, make a $100 purchase through My Beautycounter Site and I will personally send you a FREE Countersun Sunscreen Stick ($20 VALUE) Swag Bag!!! All you have to do is make the purchase and I will see it + ship the Sunscreen and Samples to your mailing address on Tuesday! You must make sure that your Consultant is listed as Lauren Hull to get the FREE GIFT!! **
Happy (Safe Sun) Summer! xoxo Lauren