Sunscreen. You know you need it. You know your kids need it. But otherwise, it’s kind of hard to know where to begin. There are so many brands of sunscreen out there, so many different kinds. I recently wrote a post for MomsBeyond on sunscreens (you can read the full article here), but here’s a bit of it to get you started:
What to Look For in a Sunscreen
- Broad spectrum, or sunscreens that protect from both UVA and UVB rays. (Ones that protect from blue light are an additional bonus!)
- SPF 30 or 50 – both will give you about the same amount of protection. Higher SPFs don’t really protect all that much more. And they might even make you feel more comfortable not reapplying – which we don’t want to do.
- Cream – a more thorough coverage than spray (plus see below)
- Mineral sunscreen (with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) – it acts as a more protective barrier, and is less likely to cause irritation than chemical sunscreens
Here’s something you might not realize about your sunscreen. When they contain chemicals like oxybenzone and octinoxate, those are ingredients that not only negatively affect your health, but the environment too. They have recently been banned in sunscreens in Hawaii due to causing coral bleaching.
Beautycounter’s new Countersun sunscreen is a mineral sunscreen, and does not contain the above ingredients. Nor does it contain retinol or retinal palmitate, which can speed up skin tumors. (Watch out for these in your skin cream and serums, too.)
Finally, in honor of those fighting skin and other types of cancer, I’m hosting a fundraiser until June 12th. For every purchase made through this link, ALL proceeds will go to Stand Up for Cancer for research towards cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. (If you would prefer to make a direct donation, please consider donating here.)