If you’ve taken a look at any photos of me on my blog you’ll have noticed that I’m covered in freckles. Yep, my legs, arms and face are filled with them. They don’t really worry me, although having to apply sunscreen everyday does get a tad laborious.
I think having skin like mine heightens my consciousness of the need to protect my babes’ skin from the sun and, just as importantly, that the sunscreen I apply doesn’t harm their health.
Since I began my search for the ultimate sunscreen, I have learnt soooo much. Some of the things I’ve discovered are a little bit frightenting so I wanted to share what I’ve found. Here goes:
The most common sunscreens on the market contain chemical filters. They typically include a combination of two to six of the following active ingredients:
Chemicals used in sunscreen can penetrate the skin or be inhaled if using a spray sunscreen. Ouch! These chemicals have been known to disrupt hormones, have a toxic effect on the reproductive system and can even interfere with normal fetal development. Oxybenzone has also been shown to cause allergic skin reactions.
When choosing the best sunscreen for you and your family, I recommend looking for the following (it’s what I did):
When doing my research, I contacted a few companies to get the nitty gritty on each of their sunscreens. I was lucky enough to have been gifted some Arbonne ABC Sunscreen from Cassandra Trezise Arbonne Independent consultant . It’s good. It’s a broad-spectrum SPF 30, chemical-free, mineral sunscreen that works a treat. It’s a little thicker than most but that’s the reality of a natural alternative, so it’s not really an issue for me. If you’d like to try it, please contact Cassandra here on her email, to get a great deal.
Is there a brand of sunscreen that you use that is great? Please share it in the comments so we can all give it a try.
PS. If you’d like to read some more on the nasties in sunscreen, take a read of this great post by the incredibly knowledgeable mumma, Alexx Stuart. http://alexxstuart.com/theres-what-in-my-sunscreen