Living in Boston means I haven’t done as much research on sunscreen for Coraline so far. When we were going on vacation it suddenly hit me that sun protection was a must in the Caribbean. The search was on, what do I feel confident and comfortable putting all over my baby. Skin is the largest organ that we have, not only does it protect us from everything but it absorbs what we put on it. I don’t want to put a bunch of unnecessary chemicals on my baby but I want her to have the ultimate protection, not just for vacation.
My search for a baby safe, natural sunscreen led me all over the internet. I did a lot of label reading trying to discover exactly what goes into sunscreen anyway. As a fair skinned red head I, I am no stranger to sun protection. Sunscreen has always been a priority for me, I use protection daily. I never thought about what was in it until it came time to slather it onto my daughter. I’m not a chemist or any kind of scientist, so I can’t begin to act like I know everything about the make up of these ingredients. I do my best to educate myself and read as much as possible, I always urge you to do the same.
There are a lot of different ingredients in different brands of sunscreen, including mainstream brands that market themselves as all natural. That bothers me. What is a paraben? I found myself asking that a lot. If I have never heard of a paraben, how can that be “all natural”? Some studies I came across seemed to link parabens and cancer. Others, mainly cosmetic companies, said parabens do not have any link to cancer. Like I said, I’m not a chemist. I’m not an oncologist. I’m just a mom trying to keep my baby safe from the harmful effects of ultra violet rays. So, I decided to myself that if there was even a small chance that parabens could cause cancer, I’d rather just not take that risk. No parabens for me.
I digress. Truly all natural sunscreen is surprisingly difficult to find. I have had the opportunity to bring a lot of organic and all natural baby products into my home, something about sunscreen though, all I was finding was the stuff we grew up with. I was thrilled when I found Little Twig and they allowed me to test out their Sunscreen!
The Little Twig sunscreen is unscented, which I definitely like. Made with organic and natural ingredients, all Little Twig products are tested by pediatricians. Having some doctor backing is always great to hear. No parabens or sulfates are in any Little Twig products. The Sunscreen we tested was SPF 30, and is a broad spectrum which means it protects against UVA and UVB rays.
The SPF is high enough to protect children from harmful effects of the sun. The Little Twig sunscreen goes on easily, like a regular lotion. It is absorbed quickly and is non greasy. Coraline doesn’t mind application at all. It’s estimated that we get 80% of our lifetime sun exposure before the age of 18. So, starting a sun protection regime early is key to fighting the harmful effects of the sun. Experts advise using an SPF 15 or higher, daily on children. Even when it is cloudy or in the winter, the UV rays get through to us. Preventing sun burn is a good short term goal, preventing skin cancer is a long term goal. What we do for our children today, can absolutely effect their lives well into adult hood!
Along with the great sunscreen Little Twig allowed us to try, we were also given samples of their other bath and lotion products. The lotions smell great, are all natural and apply easily. After bathtime I love applying the Little Twig Calming Lavender body milk. It has such a great fresh scent and prevents Cora from getting dry skin. Another of my favorite samples was the Lavender Bubble Bath. The calming effects of Lavender have been known for centuries; in my house we use Lavender for sleepy time baths every night. A few capfuls in Coraline’s night time bath and we definitely see a calmer, quieter baby. Reading the ingredients you won’t be running to Google trying to find out what is in your child’s bubble bath. Paraben and sulfate free, there are no synthetic fragrances or colors. No big deal if she gets some in her eyes or mouth!
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