Let's Talk About Sunblock
Let's talk about sunblock! ☀️ 🌞 ☀️
Here are the sunscreens I personally like:
@badgerbalm mineral sunscreen (this can go on thick, so I will take a little bit of my cream and mix it so it’s easier to spread, but note that it will decrease the efficacy so that’s why I apply more often). .
@bluelizardsun organic sunscreen
@goddessgarden (they make a spray that does not have aerosol).
It is best to wear a wide brim hat and long sleeve shirt, and if your child will wear them, some quality sunglasses. Babies under 6 months old should not wear sunscreen, so providing good coverage with clothing and staying in the shade are the best options. ❗️❗️❗️
Higher SPF can often mean more chemicals, so personally I prefer SPF 30, and I apply it more often. There is a big controversy if you should apply sunblock during the day or let your skin get vitamin D from the sun. 75% of people are deficient in Vitamin D but skin cancer, unfortunately, is on the rise. Personally, this is tough for me because there is a family history of melanoma; so I think it is all about balance, even living in Southern California. Do I give my kid's vitamin D every day? No! Do I apply sunblock everyday? No!
Let's talk about the toxins. Here is the list of chemical toxins that you do NOT want in your sunblock; oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate. These toxic chemicals are endocrine disruptors that are causing reduced sperm count in men and endometriosis in women.
Also check the environmental working group website for more detailed information.