Summertime, summertime! Ah that wonderful repose of the great outdoors comes with great risk. There are toxins everywhere and the only solution is to find options, like non toxic sunscreen and other products, to ensure you have a safe, chemical-free summer. As a Lucky Brand ambassador, I get a stipend to try great products and this month, I’m checking out safe summer solutions. This post contains affiliate links as well.
Non Toxic Sunscreen
Obviously we need to spend a lot of time out in the sun but popular sunscreen brands are full of toxic ingredients have been linked to hormone disruptions, cancer, reproductive and developmental issues, and organ toxicity. They include:
Learn more about these toxins at MadeSafe.org. Unfortunately, these ingredients are common. I’ve also heard that you can 100% avoid sunscreen with proper diet, especially the Alkaline Diet. However, with all the diets are kids are on, we can’t just adapt yet another one. And while hats and cover ups are a great idea for walking in the sun, and a little exposure is healthy (about 15 minutes), it’s also true that you can’t cover up every part of your body. It’s not a practical solution. What’s a parent to do? Choose a non toxic sunscreen!
Check out the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Non Toxic Sunscreen, updated annually. You can even subscribe to get a PDF version to download to your phone. My personal favorite? Goddess Garden! I love these products and they get the green light from EWG. What els is great is that they have after-skin care products to help you as well!
- Goddess Garden – Everyday Natural Sunscreen 30 SPF – 6 oz. Formerly Goddess Garden – Sunny Body Natural Sunscreen
- Goddess Garden – Baby Natural Sunscreen 30 SPF – 3.4 oz. Formerly Goddess Garden – Sunny Baby Natural Sunscreen
- Goddess Garden – Kids Sport Natural Sunscreen 30 SPF – 1 oz.
- Goddess Garden – Day Undone Sun Repair Serum – 1 oz.
- Goddess Garden – Dream Repair Sun Repair Night Cream – 1 oz.
Ticks, Mosquitoes and Other Pests
Summertime pests are more than just a nuisance for your summer party. They can be quite dangerous. For example, tick populations are on the rise across America. Here in PA, the news recently warned that ticks may not just be carrying the life-damaging Lyme disease. These mosquitoes may additionally carry a rare and deadly disease called Powassan. Unfortunately, bug repellents often contain DEET, as well as other nasty chemicals, like cyfluthrin, permethrin and pyrethroids, all of which have been linked to neurotoxicity and other problems. For safer bug repellent, check out Kosmatology – Bug Repellent Skin Balm – 0.5 oz.
You can also DIY with a nontoxic options. Use 1 part water to 2 parts distilled white vinegar and add some almond oil. I added NOW Foods – Certified Organic Sweet Almond Oil – 8 oz.to my formula, which helps repel fleas & ticks from pets. You can also do a similar recipe for people with essential oils (a no-no for cats) to make it smell better.
If you’ve already been bitten or bothered, you’ll want to check out Oilogic – Bug Bites and Itches Essential Oil Roll On – 0.45 oz. for safe option to help your kids through the discomfort safely.
Finally, you should make sure you do a tick check on your family and pets every time you are near high ticks areas. Green Groovy Livin has a great post on how to properly check your kids for ticks. And don’t use peppermint oil to get a tick out! It can aggravate the pest causing more harm. Use a tweezer or tick key to remove the whole tick.
For more natural ways to combat summertime pests, read my article on Natural Pest Control at Mamavation.
Dry Skin & Cracked Lips
My daughter always suffers from severe cracked lips. Dehydration is one reason – they get better when I pester her to drink more water. The summer, though, can be brutal on skin and lips in general. Here are two great completely safe options that will keep your skin and lips looking and feeling great. They are both Made Safe Certified, so you know they are clean and nontoxic!
- S.W. Basics – Organic Lip Balms – 4 Pack
- Alaffia – Everyday Coconut Hydrating Body Lotion Purely Coconut – 8 oz.
Deodorants and antiperspirants are full of harmful chemicals, including phthalates, parabens, aluminum, propylene glycol, TEA, DEA, formaldehyde and artificial dyes. These chemicals are linked to cancer, allergies and some are endocrine disruptors. There’s also lots of buzz around whether some of these toxins contribute to breast cancer. What can you do instead?
First, remember that sweat is good for you! It’s your body’s way of detoxing when you work out or otherwise exert yourself. That means you can ditch antiperspirants, for good! However, you want your kids (and yourself) to smell good. There are some great choices available if you do:
- PiperWai – Natural Deodorant – 2 oz.This is one of my favorites, although it took a while for my body to get used to it and have it fully work. It’s a bit clumpy and green so the kids might not like it.
- Crystal Body Deodorant – Crystal Roll On Body Deodorant By French Transit Fragrance Free – 2.25 oz.: Not my favorite, but for now the kids are using this one in a pinch. Roll ons are just easier at this age and it’s fairly clean.
- Schmidt’s Deodorant – Natural Deodorant Stick Sensitive Skin Formula Fragrance Free – 3.25 oz.: This is next on my list to try! I’ve heard great things.
Finally, if this is all new to you, you might want to consider doing an armpit cleanse before ditching your deodorants.