The other day, temps hit nearly 80 degrees here in Massachusetts and they're projected to climb that high again today, so I'm super excited that summer is right around the corner. We have a beach sticker, and I know we're going to spend a lot of time there in the coming months. Let's just say there's going to be a lot of long hours of fun in the sun! Speaking of which, restocking our sunblock is at the top of my list of things to do this month.
Last summer, I tossed ALL of our non-Beautycounter sunscreens. Knowing what I know now about the ingredients in conventional sunblock products, I will never use them again - on myself or anyone in my family. That ish is scary! When was the last time you checked the label on your sunscreen? Sure, conventional sunscreens might protect you from the sun, but you’re also applying a whole bunch of harmful chemicals to your skin. Yiiiiikes!
To start, some studies have shown that the chemicals in sunscreen can mimic human sex and thyroid hormones. While the FDA hasn’t investigated common sunscreen ingredients for harmful effects, the Danish EPA did in 2015 and found that most of the ingredients (16 out of 19) didn’t have enough information available to determine whether or not they’re safe. One major ingredient, oxybenzone, a chemical found in most commercial sunscreens, triggers skin allergies and mimics estrogen when absorbed into the body (and it can be absorbed into breast milk). I have enough hormone problems, I don't need any extra xenoestrogens in my life, and I definitely don't want them on Quinn's body. Luckily, there are some awesome alternatives, so I’ll tell you about my favorite ones, which are ON SALE RIGHT NOW while supplies last!
Beautycounter’s Protect All Over Sunscreen works amazingly, and it's great for the whole family. It doesn't have any white streaks when applied, water-resistant, great for sensitive skin, SPF 30 and, bonus, all the ingredients are actually nourishing to your skin while protecting it from UVA and UVB rays. Check out some of the ingredients: aloe, beeswax, green tea, orange and lemon peel oils, peppermint oil, tangerine fruit extract. There's no funny stuff! I just bought 3 of these for the beach this summer - we always end up sharing our sunblock, so I know they'll be put to good use!
If you’re looking for a more on-the-go protection (or one that’s easier to apply to an active almost 4 year old), Beautycounter’s Sunscreen Sticks for the face and body are must-haves. They’re easy to apply and packed with more wholesome ingredients: coconut oil, acai fruit oil, shea and cocoa butters, and more. If you’re looking for year-round protection, Beautycounter’s SPF 15 Protect Lip Balm works as both a great lip conditioner and sun protectant.
Now that I'm paying a lot more attention to the chemicals that I expose myself and my family to, I’m so glad that I’m able to confidently protect us from sunburns this summer without having to worry about what else their skin might be absorbing. I love Beautycounter's sun protection products and recommend them to everyone I know, especially people with kids! I hope you guys find them as amazing as we do!
P.S. *DEAL ALERT*: Right now, if you become a Beautycounter member and spend $50, you'll receive a free Sugar Body Scrub! What's becoming a member all? In addition to the free scrub, you'll get free shipping on orders $100+, a 15% product credit, and exclusive members-only offers. It's definitely worth it! 🙂