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Why you should only buy "clean"sunscreen for your kids and Top 5 of my favorite brands.

Let's talk kids sunscreen. We all want the best and safest products for our kids and sunscreen shouldn't be an exception. When looking for sunscreen try to avoid ingredients like: parabens, sulfates, harmful preservatives, harmful sunscreen filters like oxybenzone, Octinoxate, Homosalate, Octisalate, Octocrylene all causing allergic skin reactions and potential cancerogens.

Sunscreen is a body care product that consumers are directed to apply a thick coat over large areas of the body and reapply frequently. Thus, ingredients in sunscreen should not be irritating or cause skin allergies, and should be able to withstand powerful UV radiation without losing their effectiveness or forming possibly harmful breakdown products. People might inhale ingredients in sunscreen sprays and ingest some of the ingredients they apply to their lips, so ingredients must not be harmful to lungs or internal organs. Furthermore, sunscreens commonly include ingredients that act as “penetration enhancers” to help the product adhere to skin. As a result, many sunscreen chemicals are absorbed into the body and can be measured in blood, breast milk and urine samples.

For these reasons, the Food and Drug Administration is now proposing significant changes in how sunscreen ingredients are evaluated for safety. FDA is proposing that all current and potential new ingredients be adequately tested for safety, including with  studies to determine whether the ingredients penetrate the skin and can cause endocrine disruption, cancer or other health harms.

For more information check out this article on harmful chemicals in your sunscreen and health problems it may cause. https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/the-trouble-with-sunscreen-chemicals/. Check out this list of safer sunscreens  https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/best-kids-sunscreens/

I also recommend checking toxicity level of all beauty/cosmetic products you are using or planning to use here  https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

My top kid's sunscreen choices are: @coola @badger @supergoop @bluelizardsun They're all free of toxic chemicals, hormone disruptors like oxybenzone and octinoxate , zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in the form of nanoparticles.