It’s June and, here in Florida, that means summertime is in full swing. Between our frequent thunderstorms, it gets h-o-t! And humid. And sunny. And while some sun is actually very beneficial and necessary, protection is also a great idea.
Recently, though, I became aware of how many toxins are in commercial sunscreens. It’s pretty disturbing and, at the very least, disgusting (they want us to put that on our babies?!). Most of the sunscreens on the market today actually block the good rays from Mr. Sun, as well as the bad ones. They coat our skin with ingredients that actually mess with the hormones in our bodies (say what?!).
Sunscreens also keep our bodies from absorbing Vitamin D. This vitamin is super necessary in keeping our immune systems high and protecting us from diseases. Did you know that the highest levels of Vitamin D deficiencies are found in Florida and other sunny locales? That’s because we’re told to slather on sunscreen before stepping near a window, much less going out for a day at the beach. The Vitamin D in the sun’s rays doesn’t stand a chance when it meets a Coppertone-covered arm!
So, what’s a mom to do? How do you protect those little munchies but also allow their bodies access to the Vitamin D God created them to need? First off, you can let them play for 15-30 minutes in the sun before applying sunscreen. Re-read that. (Are you still arguing with me? =) You also want to look for a sunscreen that has a good rating with the EWG Skin Deep and contains most or all of the following ingredients:
Coconut oil, Jojoba oil, Sunflower oil, Shea butter, Vitamins D and E, Eucalyptus oil
And guess what? TruKid is a company that offers products with very low ratings on the Skin Deep site (remember, that’s a good thing!). Their sunscreen is made with organic and all natural ingredients, is eczema safe and is non-toxic. It’s pediatrician and dermatologist tested. And it comes in BPA-free packaging.
***This giveaway is now over, but you can purchase this sunscreen here.***
You can enter below to win a Sunny Days SPF 30+ Natural Sunscreen tube and a Sunny Days SPF 30+ Face Stick.
This giveaway will run from June 7 to June 13 at 12:00 am. This giveaway is open to US residents, 18 years old and above. The winner will be selected randomly. I will e-mail the winner at the end of the giveaway and they will have 48 hours from the end of the giveaway to respond.