I 100% understand and agree with the recommendation to steer clear of sunscreen until your baby is at least 6-months old. However, that made it a bit of a rough summer around our house.

It was a hot summer, with most days in the upper 90s. Also, when we traveled, we somehow ended up in even warmer climates with the temperatures well about 100 degrees.

Since we couldn’t use sunscreen on him, we all had to stay in the shade at all times. This sounds easier than it was. You don’t realize how much shade is lacking until you are relying on it. We ended up having to carry a giant umbrella with us everywhere we went. We were quite the spectacle.

Needless to say, the day we could start applying sunscreen was a joyous one around our house. I realize it’s now the end of summer and we’re heading into fall, but that doesn’t mean there’s no longer a need for sunscreen.

We are huge sunscreen advocates around our house. When I was younger, I didn’t wear enough of it, and I am paying for it now. Because of this, I don’t want my kids to make the same mistake that I did. I plan to teach them that sunscreen is an absolute must from a young age.

That being said, not all sunscreens are created equal. In fact, a lot of them are really bad for you. I first realized this when I worked at Young Living Essential Oils, a health and wellness company. They were launching a new natural sunscreen, and it really opened my eyes to all of the harmful ingredients that most sunscreens contain.

From there on out, I started to pay attention to what ingredients are in the sunscreens my family and I apply. There are certain ingredients I won’t touch with a ten-foot pole. However, I want to make sure there are certain ingredients that ensure the sunscreen will fully protect our skin.

A great sunscreen that meets these criteria is the Badger Clear Zinc Sunscreen. I was able to try it out, and here are a few things I loved about it:

  1. As made obvious by the name of the sunscreen, it contains zinc. Zinc oxide does an excellent job of blocking all UV rays, but it’s not horrible for your skin (at least that’s the conclusion I’ve come to in the research I’ve done).
  1. The zinc oxide used in the Badger Mineral Sunscreen is clear, so you don’t end up with your face looking like you just painted it with white out.
  1. It’s a natural mineral sunscreen. Badger Mineral Sunscreen is made with organic ingredients such as sunflower oil, Jojoba, beeswax, and Vitamin E.
  1. It is nice to the earth – in other words, it’s biodegradable. Badger also claims that it’s safe for coral reefs.
  1. Badger Mineral Sunscreen is unscented. Smells can make or break a product for me, especially if I have to wear it. If the smell of the sunscreen is too strong or has a scent I don’t like, I can’t get myself to wear it.
  1. It’s hypoallergenic. I have very sensitive skin, and a lot of skincare products make me itchy to the point it causes bruising. There are some sunscreens I’m not able to wear because of this, so it’s nice to have finally found a hypoallergenic alternative.

I could honestly go on and on about the perks of this sunscreen. It’s a great product that the whole family can use. It’s reasonably priced too, (currently $16.95, but this could change) which isn’t often the case with natural mineral sunscreens.

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