Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sunscreens! Its time!

Good Ol' Chicago weather! One minute its 80 and the next minute they are calling for SNOW!  If you were like me over the past few days, you may have grabbed some sunscreen to lather on! (Or if you are like my hubby, you didn't, and got burnt!)

My dear friend Laura researched healthy sunscreens in 2010. If you want more current information, I urge you to visit   All Sunscreens are rated on this site on an Overall Scale of 0-10.  Zero – 2 is SAFE, 3-6 is mild caution, 7-10 is avoid. 

Ingredients to avoid: Oxybenzone and Vitamin A!

Here is the 2010 List: (We personally tried the Coppertone Kids Pure and Simple (Walmart) and LOVED it!

Coppertone Kids Pure & Simple SPF 50
Note:  Only these EXACT titles are in the safe ratings…  EX: Coppertone Kids without the “Pure & Simple” is a 5 and contains Oxybenzone.
Coppertone Sensitive Skin SPF 50
Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50
Coppertone Water Babies Pure & Simple SPF 50
Coppertone Ultra Guard SPF 15 (rating of “4”)
Burts Bees w/ Hemp Oil SPF 30 is a 4 rating
Burts Bees Radiance Day Lotion is a 4 rating
Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Stick SPF 60 is a 4 rating
Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Lotion SPF 30 is a 4 rating
Johnson & Johnson Baby Sunscreen SPF 40 is a 3 rating
CVS w/ Zinc Oxide SPF 45 is a 3 rating
Blue Lizard Sensitive and Baby are 3 ratings
Blue Lizard Regular and Sport are 4 ratings  (oxybenzone)

The chemicals in so many cosmetics cause SO many problems. Too much to even list here. Please visit and see how your cosmetics add up!  It is just as important as what you eat!

Please pass along to anyone who might be interested in reading Real Nutrition Blog! Also, if you have any comments or questions, please post, I would love to hear from you!

Have a HAPPY and HEALTHY week!!!xo

1 comment:

Laura Collins said...

I learned so much about sunscreens on that website. It is helpful to open up the info for individual suscreens you are looking at. Sometimes they have a higher/more dangerous rating simply because they are an SPF 75, for example - such a high number is viewed as a false sense of protection. Other times, there is a truly dangerous ingredient worth avoiding.

Today is the deadline on the site for company's to submit their 2011 formula info. The new 2011 guide should be available on the same website sometime soon!

This is just me, but we all intentionally head outside without sunscreen on for short periods of time all summer long. We have never suffered sunburn because we are careful to slather up as soon as necessary, the brief periods of exposure are extremely beneficial to our health - Vitamin D production being the best reason, with many others. This is something fun to learn about - in the sun is not a scary place to be!

Happy Sunshine Time!