Derek woke up today and the first thing he said was “Mommy, today is water day! Don’t forget my sunscreen, OK!” My 4-year-old knows better than most adults when it comes to safety. The whole ride to daycare Derek then asked me ALL about sunscreen. This boy can ask a question like no other that I have ever encountered.
Me: “To protect us from the sun’s rays”
D: “Why do we need to be protected from the sun’s rays, I love the sunshine”
Me: “Well we want to protect our skin from sun damage” I felt like I was reciting a sunscreen ad that I couldn’t remember much of
D: “You don’t need sunscreen because you sit in the shade but Mommy how does the sunscreen protect us”
Me: “I even wear sunscreen in the shade but am going to look all this up today on the computer and I will give you better answers tonight”
D: “I think that is a good idea and remember think like a rescue hero be safe AND wear sunscreen”
Here is what I have come up with for my conversation with Derek tonight (although I need to make it 4-year-old friendly) from the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Website
Sunscreen has ingredients that provide at least some protection from sunburn and other damaging effects of the sun’s rays. An ideal sunscreen would block both UVA and UVB rays with active ingredients that do not break down in the sun (so that the product remains effective) and would contain active and inactive ingredients that are proven to be safe for both adults and children. Unfortunately, there is no sunscreen on the U.S. market that meets all these criteria, and no simple way for consumers to know how well a given product stacks up on any of these measures. That’s why EWG created this guide to safer and more effective sunscreens. To see how they conducted our analysis and ranked products, read our methodology.
After trying MANY different sunscreens for Derek’s VERY fair skin I have found Blue Lizard to be the absolute best. Other sunscreens left Derek with breakouts and blotchy skin. Blue LIzard helps protect Derek’s skin from the sun as well as leaving it just as clear and perfect as it was before application. EWG has raked Blue Lizard among the TOP SUNSCREENS
When I coordinated The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia I contacted Blue Lizard about donating some samples of my favorite sunscreen to our walkers. They immediately replied and said they would love to help out. Blue Lizard ended up donating samples to multiple walks across the nation and provided our walkers with a discount code. They are a lovely generous and social conscience company.
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