Summer is synonymous with the great outdoors. Between playing in the sun at our community lake, weeks of swim lessons and evening walks and veggie BBQs, we will have logged MANY outdoor hours by the time summer comes to an end. Effective, all-natural sun protection, after-sun skin care and insect repellent are staples of summertime fun and thankfully, there are an increasing number of options available.
I have compiled a list of my family’s top 5 favorite summer skincare products. Please add yours in the comments!
Two of my kids have very light, sensitive skin and a couple of years ago my son ended up on steroids after a “natural” sunscreen disaster, resulting in a terrible full body rash. Since that time, I have been on a quest to find the perfect natural sunscreen that, AHEM, was effective, yet gentle enough for my babes.
I’m thrilled that some of our trusted brands have developed broad spectrum, natural mineral based sunscreens with Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide as the active ingredients.
Our favorite so far is Seventh Generation Baby Sunscreen. The texture is creamy and not as thick and pasty as many of the mineral based sunscreens we have tried. It does leave skin slightly lighter because of the zinc oxide, but again, that is to be expected for a mineral sunscreen. The scent is slightly sweet and earthy, with roman chamomile being most prominent.
We haven’t seen a sunburn (or rash) while using it and it holds up great in the water.
COOLA Baby sunscreen was the first mineral sunscreen we tried this summer and it is also a favorite. The only reason it is second to Seventh Generation is because I didn’t feel that it had the same staying power. I recommend reapplying more often than the recommended 80 minutes on the product directions; particularly while swimming or on really fair skin.
What I love about this product is it is the easiest to apply. The consistency is much thinner than others, so it doesn’t require as much rubbing in. It does still leave a slightly white mineral barrier on the skin, but I don’t mind because it is protecting my family’s skin!
I also love that the active ingredients are a combination of titanium dioxide (7.6%) and zinc oxide (6.8%)
After sun care is just as important, especially when you do end up with sunburn, heat rash or too many hours of skin-drying time in chlorinated pools.
My all-time favorite product for treating sunburn or heat rash is a luke-warm bath with Zoe Organics Baby Bath Tea. Now, you don’t have to be a baby to use it, but it is safe enough for your littles.
The sweet handmade and filled muslin tea bags are full of anti-inflammatory herbs and oatmeal that soothe like nothing else. This was the only product that truly worked to soothe a terrible heat rash on my infant and it works to reduce the damaging and painful effects of sunburn instantly.
This balm of all balms is also a staple in our home. Co-developed by pediatrician, Dr. Michael Shannon of Sea View Pediatrics in Orange County, CA, this balm soothes and heals dry, chapped skin and creates a barrier against the elements. It is also perfectly safe for faces and lips (or the occasional toddler taste-test). An added bonus is that is soothes shaving rashes.
Last, but not least, a DEET-free insect repellent that effectively keeps the insects away, but not your favorite humans, is a tall order.
Zoe Organics Insect Repellent is your family’s friend. Safe for babies, made with 100% organic oils and essential oils. I may be partial, but I’m a sucker for a pretty package.
Now, what are your summer skincare saviors? Please share in the comments! Are any of these on your list?
Wishing you and yours a sunburn and insect bite-free summer!
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Heather Hamilton is wife, mother of 3 and founder of Zoe Organics, a lifestyle brand that creates beautifully handcrafted, organic home and body care products for the conscious family. Although Heather has always been passionate about health and wellness, motherhood was a big turning point in her life; causing her to make more educated choices with regard to the health and well-being of her own family. She lives in the northern California countryside and in addition to running her business and caring for her family, she enjoys cooking, gardening, yoga and running.