July 13, 2011 at 6:00 am
Sunscreen used to be easy. You didn’t use it unless you were going to spend a day at the beach.
Remember those days? It wasn’t so long ago that many of us were stealing Mom’s coconut-scented Hawaiian Tropic from the medicine cabinet.
But by the time my son was born, parenting magazines were suggested putting at least a shot-glass full of SPF 45 on my kid 30 minutes before stepping out the door.
That was only 7 years ago. Since then, a lot more research has come out about Vitamin D, and the importance of soaking up a little sun safely.
So what’s an organic parent to do? And when choosing sunscreen, how do we know what to look for?
Twice in my life I have had pretty nasty allergic reactions to “conventional” sunscreen. Something in the formula made me break out in a itchy rash.
Because I also have a child with senstive skin, and because we like to avoid chemicals, parabens and other additives like fragrances in our personal care products, I have spent a lot of time on the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database researching options.
These brands are almost universally more expensive, but I have found them to be very effective and to work well in my family — no rashes, no reactions.
And we don’t apply sunscreen all the time. We try to soak up a little Vitamin D each day, via arms and legs and not during the peak sun hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
But I want to ask you, what you do in your family? What brands of suncreen do you trust?