I have a love/hate relationship with the sun. I LOVE it's warmth and brightness. I LOVE that time spent in the sun gives me some vitamin D, reduces stress and anxiety, and provides so much outdoor fun. But I HATE it's toxic and damaging rays.
Therefore, there is sunscreen and sunscreen really solves almost all my problems... almost. Application is never fun on scrambling children, but we make it work for the love of sun!
Finding a good, clean and non-toxic sunscreen for you and your family can prove difficult, but after a couple months of applying and weighing the pros and cons, today I share my favorite clean sunscreens.
Important things to consider in the selection process are mineral sunscreens (over chemical ones which can be hormone and endocrine disrupters), water resistance, broad spectrum coverage, and method of application. Also, if it blends in and doesn't leave my children and I pasty white, it's for sure an added bonus.
Science-based and leading a charge in the usage of safe materials, ThinkSport is my family's daily go-to for sunscreen. I love the non-smelly smell, that its SPF 50+ and that comes in both large bottles and travel size (TSA friendly!). It also blends like a dream for a mineral sunscreen!
Their mineral sunscreen spray is a lifesaver! I love it for reapplication on the beach when my kids are covered in sand. Unlike non-sprays, massaging a thick paste onto their sandy legs would be like a deep exfoliation treatment they would NOT enjoy. I spray this and lightly spread - it's great!
I typically save this sunscreen for myself (sorry, kids!) as its a little pricier, but still so good. Loaded with antioxidants and anti-agers to boot, I always feel good about their safer suncare promise.
I think the sun can get a bad reputation, but when protected, the sun's rays can contribute to a healthy lifestyle. For more information on sunscreens check the EWG's 2017 Guide
Wife and mother of two boys, Joanne recently moved from suburbia Maine to Manhattan - quite the change of pace and trade of lifestyle! Navigating her way in New York City has provided lots of laughter, tears and confusion for the whole family, but Joanne takes it all in stride and aims to keep the family chaos to a minimum. She loves to spend her days at the park, savors every date night, enjoys time in the kitchen and out shopping, and possibly spends too much time on Pinterest...