I’m a native of Phoenix, so I know that our summers can be brutal! Staying inside is a good option but with kiddos, they want to be outdoors exerting all of that pent up energy.
One thing that you can’t deny, sun protection is so important. It needs to be utilized year round but especially in the summer months.
I had the opportunity to visit with some sun care specialists at Whole Foods Market Paradise Valley and learn some very helpful sun care tips. Next time we head to the community water park, I’ll know exactly what I’m packing in my bag to keep my family protected.
Here are the top 3 things I learned about sun care:
Photo credit: Goddess Garden
- There is huge difference between mineral sunscreens and chemical sunscreens. Mineral sunscreens reflect UV rays, while chemical sunscreens absorb UV rays and potential harmful chemicals.
- UVA & UVB rays are different and here’s how. UVA rays are the aging rays, they penetrate skin layers causing wrinkles and skin damage. Also, they are up to 50 times more prevalent than UVB rays. UVB rays are the rays that cause burns. They mostly affect the outer layer of skin and increase the risk of skin cancer
- Your sun screen may be toxic! I don’t study labels that closely when I’m purchasing sun screen but I will, from now on. The most toxic ingredients found in most sunscreens are Oxybenzone (Hormone disruptor and mimics estrogen) and Ocinoxate/Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Hormone disruptor and reproductive toxicity). Holy cow those are long words. I guess that if you can’t pronounce it, it probably isn’t good for you! Check out the label next time you purchase sun screen and pay attention to those ingredients!
I would love to share with you a few alternatives that I was introduced to that do not contain harmful chemicals. These items will definitely be in the bag I take to the pool!
- Goddess Garden has a variety of sun screens such as Continuous Sports Sprays and creamy tubes for baby, face and body. They only offer sun screens that have the active ingredients of zinc and titanium. Plus all of their products are reef safe and biodegradable.
- DeVita Skincare is a local company right here in Phoenix! They offer a huge selection of skin care items that natural, vegan and paraben free. I had the chance to try their Solar Body Moisturizer SPF 30+ and I love that it is not greasy at all.
- Badger Balm is another natural and organic option. The All Season Face Stick is perfect to use for touch ups on the face and small areas. My boys always seem to get the most sun on their noses, tips of their ears and back of their necks. I’m definitely keeping this in my purse, not just my pool bag.
The awesome news it that Whole Foods Market is having a 4 day sale on sun care products! May 23rd-May 26th head over to your local Whole Foods Market and stock up on natural sun care. During this 4 day sale you will receive 30% off sun care products. If you still have questions on what sun screen is best for you and your family, just ask the sun care experts at Whole Foods Market. They will be able to answer your questions and give you some great suggestions.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Whole Foods Market Paradise Valley