Life has been so busy, and I’ve been terrible about posting. But I am serious about sun care! So having just returned from Baby C’s first beach vacation, and with the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) 2017 sunscreen guide recently released, it’s a perfect time to update this skincare post I originally did in 2016. New sunscreens and an awesome lip balm below! Here’s the latest …
I love the sun and that summertime glow, which is probably why I got a scary melanoma diagnosis in my 20s. Obviously, I now have to be super serious about sun protection, and after my infertility experience, I also worry about the endocrine effects of what goes on my body, as well as Baby C’s. Summer products like sunscreen and self-tanner are among the worst offenders!
So I’m an avid user of EWG’s Skindeep database. If you aren’t familiar, EWG ratings are on a scale of 1 – 10, with 1 being low hazard and 10 being high hazard. And they have an app! Download it to scan products and get info on their hazard levels as you shop. (PS … I promise I am not on EWG’s payroll – I’m just obsessed with its research.)
Here is a quick run-down of what I’m using right now for myself and Baby C, as well as a few other low-chemical ideas for you.
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My Safe Summer Skincare Products
Best Baby Sunscreens
I was really bummed that 1) after months of planning our recent trip to South Padre Island, Texas, I realized at 7 a.m. on departure day that I hadn’t checked to make sure we had enough baby sunscreen to last the week, and 2) after popping into Wal-Mart that morning, it appears that my favorite sunscreen by Safe Harbor is no longer being made. Boo!
I had to pick something up on the fly, and I knew that Babyganics Mineral-Based Lotion, SPF 50 had a good EWG rating of 2. I rarely had to reapply, and we came away from the week with no burning, so it’s a win in my book!
Here are some others on EWG’s 2017 list that I’ve either used or heard great things about in the mom circles:
- Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 50 (EWG rating of 1)
- Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream, SPF 30 (EWG rating of 1)
- Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Baby, SPF 30 (EWG rating of 1)
Favorite Low-Chemical Products for Mommy
- COOLA Tinted Mineral LipLux, SPF 30 (EWG rating of 3) – Y’all, this might just be my favorite product of the summer, or the year even. I picked it up for sun protection during our week at the beach, but was not expecting it to become my favorite daily lip color/balm. My lips have become so dry recently, and after just a few applications the first day, my lips felt more moisturized even the next day. It comes in natural/sport balm, as well as tinted. I personally love Summer Crush for more of a pink and Tan Line for a bronze, and have Firecracker on my shopping list to try for a red tint.
- Xen Tan Luminous Gold Self-Tanner (EWG rating of 1) – A little color is an absolute must if I’m going to bare my legs in the summer, which, as a Texan, there really is no other option. I did my research, seeking out the safest self-tanners on EWG, then reading Amazon reviews to find the fan faves. I ended up with Xen Tan Luminous Gold, and it works like a charm. Goes on silky and gives a nice, natural color. No weird smell. I have been using it religiously during the hot months for a couple of years, putting it on a couple of times per week.
- Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum, SPF 30 (EWG rating of 3) – True to its name, this goes on more like a serum than a sunscreen, leaving my skin moisturized, soft and not greasy.
- Andalou Naturals Ultra Sheer Daily Defense Facial Lotion, SPF 18 (EWG rating of 2) – This is more of a daily product vs. beach or pool appropriate, but it’s the perfect amount of moisture for combination skin and gives protection without the chemicals. Great smelling and has anti-aging properties as well. Andalou’s 1000 Roses Daily Shade, SPF 18 also works similarly for sensitive skin. Smells like heaven to me, but the scent may be strong for those used to the low fragrance of other sensitive skin products.
- Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls (EWG rating: 2) – There are a lot of expensive bronzers out there, but I LOVE this budget version. Great color and glow, and low chemical content. I am using Bronze Pearl right now. I have to be careful not to apply too heavily. If you are fair skinned like me, you might also consider the lighter version, Beige Pearl.
What did I miss? What summertime products do you love?