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 else is great is that they have after-skin care products to help you as well!
- Goddess Garden Organics Everyday SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen, Lotion, 6 Ounce
- Goddess Garden Organics Baby SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen, Lotion, 3.4 oz.
- Goddess Garden – Kids Sport Natural Sunscreen 30 SPF – 1 oz.
- Goddess Garden Organics Day Undone Sun-Repair Serum, 1 oz.
- Goddess Garden Organics Dream Sun-Repair Night Cream, 1 Ounce
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. Check out Kosmatology’s DEET-free Bug Repellant.
You can also DIY with a nontoxic option. Use 1 part water to 2 parts distilled white vinegar and add some almond oil. I added almond oil to my formula, which helps repel fleas & ticks from pets. If you’d like an effective solution with essential oils for humans, check out this bug repellent recipe from the fine folks at Natural Family Living.
If you’ve already been bitten or bothered, you’ll want to check out Oilogic Bug Bites & Itch Relief Minor Skin Irritation Natural Essential Oil Roll-On .45OZ 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 Balm Flight – 4 pack
- Alaffia – EveryDay Coconut – Hydrating Body Lotion, Purely Coconut, 32 Ounces (FFP)
Good to Have on Hand
NYR Organic’s Wild Rose Beauty Balm has SO many uses, from chapped lips to soothing dry skin. You can use it to exfoliate, to highlight your complexion, on your nails! Right now I’m using it as a balm to soothe a nasty burn I got last night. It’s available right now at my NYR Organic shop! It’s also Made Safe certified, so you can make sure you have the safest products on hand!
Learn more about summer safety by watching my interview with Cassidy Randall, co-founder of the Made SafeTM certification program.