Thursday, April 26, 2007

welcome summer {with open arms}

I live in San Diego and summertime feels like it is settling in to stay. And it feels so good. I can't tell you enough. It is the time to head down to the pool, pack a lunch at for the park, walk the city streets to the library and so much more.

I'm sure most are equally excited to break out the "summer bin" of clothes {maybe not the swimsuits quite yet} and bottles of sunblock. If spring hasn't hit your area quite yet...I'll be keeping my fingers and toes crossed that it does soon. Sunshine does wonders for the soul.

So, I went ahead and did some research about sunblock. It's a necessity, so we might as well be informed.

Aveeno Baby has an SPF of 55, which I'm digging. It's one of the highest SPF I found on the for babies. The more protection against both UVA and UVB rays, the better, I think.

The Sunblock Stick {made by several brands} has great reviews. It is easy to apply and doesn't need much rub-in time, which will make our kids happy. And we are not left with the gooey, white mess on our fingers. I used this one last year and loved it.

The Spray looks equally desirable, but I would suggest using the spray for the arms, legs and back. Nobody likes sunscreen in the eyes, especially our kids.

Mustela sunscreen seems to have received the most {and best} reviews from all people alike.

Earth's Best is the major organic sunblock out on the market {though I'm sure you could find others}.

Bullfrog sunscreen has been around for ages. Personally, I feel like that brand used to be much more powerful at combating the sun's rays, but maybe it's just me.

Anyone have a favorite?
One fact I learned is that kid's sunblock should contain UVA protection, but in the form of titanium dioxide or zinc oxideis as it is gentler on kids' skin than avobenzone. This is the big reason for buying "baby" sunblock rather than using regular sunblock. If you have sensitive skin, I would suggest purchasing baby sunblock for yourself too.


  1. Thanks, Missy. This is perfect. I've been trying to find a spray on sunscrean that's "all natural". Does anyone know if there is such a thing?

    Unfortuanately, it's still VERY cold here, so we haven't been getting out enough to worry about this yet. But I'm glad San Diego is sunny!

  2. thanks Missy! I am craving your weather! It's in the 60s here, but in the sun it feels warmer. The aveeno sounds great. Thanks for doing the research!

  3. I love summertime!! I am envious of your weather too. It's sounds ideal. Thanks for the tips. I'm thinking the aveeno sounds good for us.

  4. Missy I know of a great sunblock that I use daily as a powder but is organic and contains no irraitants for anyone. I've use it one betty since she was 2 weeks old. Plus it is completely waterproof if you spray their mist an afterward. The whole family used it in lake powell, only applying once a day and no sunburn on the face. I even put it right on the babies eyes and it doesn't sting. Anyhow it is from Eminence Organic skincare (my fav) and is called sun defense. I can get it at cost. It rocks and I haven't used makeup other than it since July.

  5. I'm so jealous of you missy, we are still cold and rainy here in Rhode Island! But when the sun does come out there is a really good natural sunscreen by Dr.Hauschka that is really perfect and made for kids...I've used it on my kids since they were babies! You don't have to worry about them getting it in their mouth as there is nothing harmful like most of the drug store brands that were the labels...yikes!

  6. Checked out your find nonchalant mom and LOVE it. Thanks for letting us know. And it takes the worry out of using it before a baby is six months old {although peds seem to have ok'd that}.

    Sunscreen in the mouth is anything but good. Thanks again...


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