Green Matters | Time to Replenish Your Sunscreen

fun in the sun- sunscreen review

With kids out of school and lots of time being spent outdoors, it’s time to replenish your supply of sunscreen. There are many types of sunscreens out there these days, but knowing which ones to choose can be overwhelming. There are a few key things I keep in mind when choosing sunscreen – physical blocks with non-nano zinc oxide over chemical blocks, broad spectrum protection (both UVA and UVB), and at least SPF 30. Click here for previous post on what to look for in sunscreens.

Now that both my girls are older and can be more vocal about what they are willing to use and not use, I have to find sunscreen that meets their criteria – (in their words) anything that does not make us look like ghosts. Which means it has to be easy to apply and easy to blend – this usually means sticks for faces and sprays for all other areas. I prefer lotions but for some reason, they have an aversion to lotions. Since they apply sunscreen on themselves, I concede on the spray as long as they are applying and reapplying.

So what do I carry in my beach bag? It is usually a mix of the following:

  • Beautycounter Sunscreen Stick SPF 30 (EWG Rating 1)
  • All Good Sunstick (EWG Rating 1)
  • All Good Sunscreen Butter (EWG Rating 1)
  • Goddess Garden Everyday Natural Sunscreen (EWG Rating 3)
  • Goddess Garden Everyday Natural Sunscreen Lotion (EWG Rating 1)
  • Coola Suncare Sunscreen Spray (EWG Rating 3)

Definitely check out EWG guide to sunscreens for other safe, non-toxic sunscreen but the ones above are the ones that meet our criteria of being non-toxic and still easy to use.

Which ones do you like for your family?