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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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One of my favorite skincare lines, and the maker of my absolute favorite all-natural, mineral sunscreens, is offering two Valentine’s Day specials.

Enter promo code roses to receive 20% off your entire order, or spend $100 and receive a 2 oz. bottle of Marie-Veronique’s Anti-Aging Body Oil ($36 value) using promo code valentine.

To order Marie-Veronique products click favorite.

To read my initial review of Marie-Veronique Organic’s Kid Safe Screen SPF 25 and their Moisturizing Face Screen SPF 30, click here.

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OK, for starters let’s admit I’m someone obsessed with sun protection. Perhaps it’s a genetic or cultural thing—after all, I am part Japanese (picture umbrellas on sunny days)—or maybe it’s just vanity. I tanned incredibly easily and frequently as a teenager and would get so dark I am unrecognizable in old pictures. Now due to a fear of cancer and premature aging, I lube up the kids before they step foot outside, and for more than a decade I’ve worn SPF 30 on my face every day, rain or sun.

But as you know, finding a safe and effective sunscreen can be a daunting task. Last year, after an extensive review of more than 1,700 sunscreens, the not-for-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) determined that 85 percent of sunscreens on the market either inadequately protect against damaging ultraviolet rays and/or contain ingredients that are known or suspected to be toxic.

Below are my top picks for natural sunscreen products for kids based on personal experience as well as the detailed reviews of the EWG.

1. Badger Sunscreen SPF 30+ ($14 for 2.9 oz tube)
This non-nano* zinc oxide cream is my top pick because EWG gives it a very high rating, the price is good and it really protects. The consistency is thick and it does have a high “casper” factor (white cast), but most of it absorbs in, and quite frankly, I’m not concerned about the beauty factor with my kids.
2. Keys Soap Solar Rx Therapeutic Sunblock, SPF 30 ($32)
This nano-zinc oxide product protects well, leaves no white cast—because it has nano particles*–and comes in an easy to use “stick” form (similar to a deodorant stick). However, it’s a tad pricey.
3. Soleo Organics Sunscreen SPF 30+ ($17 for 2.6 oz)
I really liked this non-nano zinc oxide product. It has no casper effect and moisturizes well. That said, the company is relatively new and may have some quality control issues because the user reviews on Amazon are terrible (although it ranks high with the EWG). Another drawback, it seems as though the tube doesn’t last more than a few weeks during peak summer usage.
4. UV Natural Sunscreen SPF 30+ ($34 for 5.3 oz)
I haven’t used this nano-zinc oxide product for a year, but I thought it protected well and again, there is no casper effect because it uses nano technology. It was a tad greasy, but also moisturized well so I didn’t mind.

(Please note: All prices are approximate and may vary slightly by retailer.)

Several people encouraged me to include California Baby Sunscreen Lotion No Fragrance SPF 30+. I know many parents who love this product. However, I haven’t used it on my children for several years because it relies on titanium dioxide, which according to the EWG doesn’t provide full protection from UVA rays.

There are three more products I have yet to try, but I will do a follow-up to this article as soon as I do. All three are in the EWG’s top 10 from their 2009 study. They include:

  • Heiko 40 SPF Kids ($36 for 6.7 oz)
  • Loving Naturals SPF 30+ ($19.95 for 4 oz)
  • Thinkbaby Sunscreen SPF 30+ ($16.90 for 4 oz)

If you have tried one of these three products, I would love to share your feedback with others.

Now go out and soak up the sun!

*Nano technology is controversial, and from what I understand, the jury is still out on whether we should fear them. Stay tuned for a separate article capturing the latest information and opinions. For now, I’m paranoid enough that I use only non-nano formulations on myself and my children.

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