• Dharma Nemani

Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun

Updated: Jan 15, 2020

Rain or shine, if your little one is older than six months old, let’s commit to sunblock as part of our morning routine. But you already knew that… choosing the right one is the trickier part - chemical, mineral, lotion, stick, spray? The hilarious Bunmi Laditan, author of, “Confessions of a Domestic Failure” recently posted, “I’m applying sunscreen to a child who is flailing about as if I’m giving him a full body wax. Is there a sunscreen pill children can take...a sunscreen gummy? A sun vaccine?…”

This article by The Tot addresses all your sunscreen questions and I recommend it for a deep-dive. But here’s the juicy bits:

- Mineral sunscreen GOOD (ingredients like zinc and titanium oxide), blocks UV

- Chemical sunscreen NOT GOOD (ingredients you can’t pronounce like Octocrylene, Avobenzone, Octinoxate, Homosalate…) absorbs / scatters UV

- Child with sensitive skin? Opt for zinc-based

I was using Vanicream SPF on Mish because my peds recommended it and it’s listed as a “mineral sunscreen.” However, octinoxate is a key ingredient and EWG recommends staying away from this ingredient. Sharing because these labels are super misleading and annoying. After LOTS of research, I can safely recommend thinkbaby sunscreen. Checks off all the boxes: Mineral, backed by EWG ratings, SPF 50, broad-spectrum coverage and environmentally-friendly.

Now, I simply have to get past the fact that my brown baby looks like a full-on ghost after our daily slather. But reminding myself that she’s a sun-protected ghost!

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