There are a lot of products on the market for sun safety right now, especially for little kids and babies, and it can be hard to figure out what the safest options are. Click through to find out the benefits of natural sunscreen and find out where you can get it for your little one.
Okay, so what IS "natural" sunscreen anyway? Goddess Garden, the brand I use on my kids, uses natural sunscreen ingredients such as sunflower and radish, and active ingredients like zinc and titanium. These natural ingredients are every bit as effective as those found in conventional sunscreens, and in many ways, natural sunscreens are actually more effective than conventional sunscreens.
The difference is, when you apply natural sunscreen, you can go out into the sun without having to worry about a sunburn. With conventional sunscreens, you need to wait 15 to 20 minutes before it protects you from the sun. This is because the active chemical ingredients in conventional sunscreens actually have to sink down into the different layers of your skin before they become “active.” Sounds kinda gross, right?! Since the minerals in natural sunscreen actually sit on top of your skin, they are effective immediately.
As natural mineral ingredients sit on top of your skin, they act like a mirror and reflect sunlight away from your body. The ingredients used in conventional sunscreen actually absorb the sun’s potentially carcinogenic rays into your body.
One of the best things about going natural with your sunscreen is that natural formulas don't have any harsh chemicals. Think about it, you try to buy the most natural, cleanest products for your kids, so why would you stop at sunscreen? Goddess Garden does not contain any hormone-disrupting chemicals such as oxybenzone, or chemicals like octinoxate or isobutane that you find in conventional sunscreens.
About oxybenzone: According to the EWG, 40% of the beach and sport sunscreens in this year’s guide contain oxybenzone, an active ingredient in sunscreens. It penetrates the skin, gets into the bloodstream and acts like estrogen in the body. It can trigger allergic skin reactions. Some research studies, while not conclusive, have linked higher concentrations of oxybenzone to health disorders, including endometriosis in older women and lower birth weights in newborn girls.
A great place to go to get more info is the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment whose mission is to “empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment”. Using breakthrough research and education, they help consumers make smarter and safer choices.
On the EWG Safety List, Goddess Garden gets a 1, the best possible score it can get. To find it locally, visit The Bundle Store in Clifton Park. They currently carry the Kids Sport in the tube and the spray (it's basically like spraying lotion on not continuous spray) and the sport is 80 minutes water resistant (active ingredients are zinc and titanium dioxide and it's a non-nano formula meaning the particles sizes are large enough that nothing actually gets absorbed into the blood stream). They also carry the baby tube sunscreen and that is 40 minutes water resistant (the active ingredient is zinc and is also a non-nano formula). To find The Bundle Store online, click right here, and thanks to Amber for helping out with this super summer info!