Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Summertime, Sunscreen... Green & EWG

I'm not a full fledged green person, I'd love to be, but I think it'd be so hard. I try where I can, little things here and there... we take our own bags to the grocery (btw I found super cute ones at Sally's Beauty Supply for $1 - they change the patterns every cpl mths) and we recycle lots of things. I'm buying less junk and preservative filled foods. I buy organic sometimes when it's feasible and will use our local farmers market for the entire time it's open this coming farming season. So I've been slowly leaning towards the "better" choices for my family and our environment. 

I'm making an effort to be more conscious about what's surrounding my kids. On their skin and in their bellies. Our lotions, sunscreens, shampoo, food, toothpaste... all that jazz. 

There's this wonderful site EWG: Environmental Working Group. It finds the best products for you, your kids and our environment. You can find anything from skincare, eye care, water info, pesticide guidelines, cosmetics, and the latest envirionmental news.

random internet picture john and I at the beach today :) then I woke up...

It's almost that time of year again... if our sun would just stay out for more than two days in a row here in the northeastern parts! Here's where I went to find the SkinDeep portion of the website to look up the best sunscreens for our little boo's.  I found out that the sunscreen I was using for myself and the kids a couple years ago was bad stuff. Not shocked about this at all. I started getting the better stuff last year (on ebay), less chemicals, a more natural sunscreen, and yes it takes a tiny bit longer for the skin to absorb, no big deal! Below is what we are working with right now and I like em a lot!

Here's the link to last years EWG 2010 Sunscreen safety guide, you can search and find any sunscreen and see where it rates on the list of best and worst for your health. 

I think it'd be unbelievably hard to change everything to meet certain safety standards from EWG and to live totally green, but it's worth a shot to start slowly. And I would never hate on those that don't, this is just a personal preference and goal of mine.
I'd love to pass these ideas and better habits on to my children!


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Courtney B said...

Thank you for posting this! I've actually been wanting/needing better sun screen than the cheap crap but I didn't know where to start. I'm so excited about this!

Kristina said...

Thanks so much for sharing:). I live in a place where we need suncream every day, all year round, so I will definitely look into these products! Thanks again:)