Now that the countdown to the final days of school has reached “10 days and counting” all my kids can talk about is all the fun we’ll have this summer and our annual beach vacation!
But any parent knows that fun in the sun also means extra caution to make sure our precious little ones (ourselves included!) don’t get fried during “sun fun”, so if you haven’t bought it already, sunscreen is sure to be a purchase in the very near future.
The concern with sunscreen is the presence of some nasty chemicals that we really don’t want to apply to our bodies daily, or even “frequently” for that matter, since they absorb into our skin and accumulate. Many are believed to cause hormone disruption, cell damage and allergies, amongst other things. They include vitamin A (retinyl palmitate), Oxybenzone, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Mexoryl, Avobenzone… augh!… just a bunch of things that we could really do without!
So instead of laboring over labels and trying (sometimes in vane) to decipher the ingredients… (drumroll, please….) Environmental Working Group has released its 2010 list and ratings of over 500 sunscreen products. Believe me, it is much easier to find one on the “best” list and just know you have a good product to keep you safe from the sun AND the nasty chemicals.
You can also look-up the products you have been using to see how they rate. Sadly, all of ours were in the “caution” category so Mom Goes Green will be doing her research too. Fortunately, EWG has done most of the work for us, so the answers are just a few clicks away.
Now check it out, slather on the good stuff and GO PLAY… summer is almost here!