Bday Event: organic skincare

Protection from the sun is important–especially for an infant’s sensitive skin. There has been quite a bit of buzz lately over the study that many sunscreens may be accelerating cancer (almost HALF of the 500 popular sunscreen products!) That’s just plain scary. It cites the reason as the inclusion of vitamin A, which is supposed to be an anti-aging ingredient. All the more reason to use all natural products, eh?!

Sunscreen on a baby is controversial… most say you can’t use ANY under 6 months of age. Ryan is 5 months and I wanted to take him swimming the other day. Of course I covered him and used a wide brimmed hat and bought the pool floaty with a big shade screen. But that can’t stop all of the sun… and I felt that a little bit on sunscreen would be better than a little bit of sunburn. Thankfully, we were sent the Alba Botanica natural sunscreen for kids. It’s rated a 2 on the cosmetics database (ratings of 0-2 are considered safe). This lotion is paraben-free, 100% vegetarian and hypo-allergenic with high levels of UVA and UVB protection. It’s tear-free, ultra water resistant and all of Alba’s natural products are made with vitamins, plant emollients and therapeutic botanicals. Having to use sunscreen on a 5 month old, I felt a bit more at ease with a product like this! And Ryan did wonderfully 🙂

For the mamas and the papas out there, we also received a Moisture Plus Lotion with SPF 15 from Avalon Organics. They make products that are organically enriched to nourish and hydrate skin. The moisturizer contains organic coconut, borage and falx oils to repair and nourish and vitamin E and white tea to defend against free radical damage. This is what I used when Ryan and I went swimming–it worked great! It doesn’t feel heavy or sticky. However, it is, disappointingly, rated a 5 on the cosmetics database so I personally probably wouldn’t purchase it again. Avalon does have a number of products though that rate in the safe range of 0-2.

They carry many other great products–especially ones for Baby, like shampoo, massage oil, lotion, diaper balm, and baby powder!

You can buy Avalon Organics products on Amazon or check if your local stores carry them. You can also find the Alba Botanica products on Amazon!

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