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skin savers


Like many other places around the country, we are already experiencing beach weather and the kids have been spending most of their time (outside of school) playing outdoors–including in pools.

These basics will help keep your skin moisturized, protected and nourished without breaking the bank!

First, a word about sunscreen.

With skin cancer rates on a dramatic rise, it’s more important than ever to protect ourselves–especially our children–from the sun’s damaging rays. Did you know skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States? And each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon. In fact, 1 in 5 of us is expected to get skin cancer.

Burn Out sunscreen ($13) continues to be my favorite for the third year in a row. It’s light, lotion-like consistency makes it easy to spread, and of course, it’s SPF 35 and mineral-based, not chemical, using only zinc-oxide (18.6%) in a non-nano form which has zero “casper” effect. It comes in three formulations, KIDS, Ocean Safe and Sensitive. They’re all great and vary only a little in formulation. I use Burnout on my face and body, but if you want something specially made for the face, try one of the BB creams below.

Beauty Balms are all the rage now, and I searched and tested high and low to find a natural BB product I liked. Andalou Naturals came out on top, and I’ve been using it daily for over a year. In addition to an impressive list of ingredients, this cream is also SPF 30, and uses only non-nano zinc-oxide. It comes in two formulations–a beautiful moisturizing sheer tint which is yellow-based instead of the weird peachy-pink hues you usually find, and a moisturizing but oil-controlling formulation. Both are excellent products and smell wonderful!

Get your skin glowing for beach weather by sloughing off the dead skin cells from winter. A body brush feels invigorating and when used in quick, light strokes helps your lymphatic system function properly. If your skin is more sensitive, use a natural loofah mitt or delicious-smelling body scrub. My favorite is the Cocoa Butter Body Scrub by Queen Helene Naturals. It leaves my skin soft and silky smooth, and it’s a bargain at $7 a tube! You can also make your own scrub at home by mixing 1/2 cup evaporated cane juice with 2 tbsp coconut oil and 1 tbsp honey.

Three additional items to have on hand this summer include aloe, coconut oil and a good hat. Aloe plants are drought-resistant, easy to grow and the juice treats any number of ailments including sunburn, rashes, insect stings and dry skin. Coconut oil is an excellent, incredibly inexpensive moisturizer with anti-microbial properties. I cook with it regularly, but I also keep a little bowl of it near the kitchen sink to quickly moisturize dry hands. As for the hat, shielding your skin from the sun’s rays with clothing that has an SPF 50 or higher is the best protection against skin cancer and premature aging. Whether it’s a floppy beach hat, a smart-looking fedora or a baseball cap–anything is better than nothing!


Welcome summer!


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It’s already more than half-way through summer, and I’m just now sharing my top sunscreen pick for this year?? That’s what happens when one starts a non-profit while taking care of two little ones full-time. The new non-profit I co-founded is for a worthy cause, so when you have a minute, click over and check it out:  Empowered by Light.

Of course I had intended to make my sunscreen recommendation in the early part of June… We have at least three more months of sun here in Northern California, so I suppose it’s better late than never.

Previously I had recommended Badger Sunscreen, SPF 30+. While it used a good amount of zinc oxide and boasted good ingredients overall with few potential irritants, I also found it left too much of a white cast–the “casper” factor as some call it.

I tried BurnOut Kids Physical Sunscreen, SPF 30+ back in May and fell in love immediately. It’s rated as one of the top sunscreens for 2011 by the Environmental Working Group, and rates a 1 on toxicity–their lowest level. It has an amazingly light “lotiony” texture and is very easy to spread. It leaves no white cast unless you put on multiple layers throughout the day. While it is not waterproof, it is water resistant. Another thing I like is the very light, almost imperceptible smell. And of course, it’s all natural and contains no nano-particles.

BurnOut also makes an Ocean Tested Physical Sunscreen, SPF 30+ that is “very water-resistant, ocean safe, ec0-sensitive, etc.” My husband’s been using this on his face and body. We can’t actually tell the different between the two products. The ingredients lists vary only slightly in the plant extracts and natural oils used, but since the price is the same, I think it’s just a matter of personal preference.

Note: I also tried thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen, SPF 30+. EWG rates it slightly higher than BurnOut in its UVA protection due to it’s slightly higher zinc oxide content (20% vs. BurnOut’s 18.6%). However, the formulation is heavier, thicker and felt very drying.

You can find BurnOut at most Whole Foods Markets as well as on-line (e.g., Amazon). The regular price is $17.99 for 3.4 oz, but I picked up several at $12.99 when Whole Foods had a sale.

Safe sunning!

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