by: Gabrielle Welch, Welch Wellness

With three VERY fair daughters with sensitive skin, I have spent A LOT of time researching sunscreens. I agree wholeheartedly with EWG’s warnings and recommendations, since I have come to the same conclusions they have over the past 10 years with my own girls, through trial and error.

Here are OUR favorite sunscreens, for mom AND baby, also rated super safe by EWG:

1.Blue Lizard

2.California Baby: their sunstick is my personal favorite. I can put it on my girls before school in the morning and still see it when I pick them up at 3! The only downfall is that when they get older, they don’t like the white cast it leaves on their face (the zinc!).

3.Alba BOtanica

4.La Roche Posay SPF 40: I LOVE this one. It is very sheer and light and you cant see it once it goes on. This is one of MY favorites for me because it’s non- greasy and won’t break out my face.

5.Vanicream: they make many products, all of which are kept behind the pharmacy counter, but you don’t need a prescription for them. They are all for people with “sensitive skin”; they don’t contain any perfumes, dyes or anything artificial. It goes on pretty sheer and is also not greasy. You can also get this from your dermatologist.

The best sunscreen is a hat and a shirt. No chemicals to absorb through the skin, no questions about whether they work. But when you can’t get away from exposing your skin to the sun, use EWG’s top-rated sunscreens to provide broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB-sunburn) protection with fewer hazardous chemicals that penetrate the skin. Sunscreen and sunblock makers are awaiting FDA approval for a wider selection of UVA-blocking chemicals. In the meantime, all top-rated products contain either zinc or titanium minerals to help cut UVA exposures for sunscreen users. (www.ewg.org)

Quick tips for a good sunscreen.

Avoid These

Look for these

Ingredients

Oxybenzone

Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate)

Added insect repellent

Zinc

Titanium dioxide

Avobenzone or Mexoryl SX

Products

Sprays

Powders

SPF above 50+

Cream

Broad-spectrum protection

Water-resistant for beach, pool & exercise

SPF 30+ for beach & pool

(www.ewg.org)

Look out for these!

Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection SPF 55