We use Neutrogena Ultra sheer dry touch sun block SPF 70 in a tube and we use Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body mist sun block SPF 70 in a spray can.
Before anyone reacts weirdly about non natural... our son has a skin disorder where not all layers of his skin are there.... you and me if you scraped our skin and looked under a microscope, we would have 7, scrape his, depending on the spot, might be 2, might be 3, might be 7... Skin is the biggest organ of the body. It is what protects us from the outside world... don't have skin... what would our bodies look like?... a big of blob of gloo and bones in a puddle... okay that's not true, but hey skin is pretty important.
the black light thingy... my little guy, he glowed in the dark under on of those... at 2 weeks old at the one doctor's office... it's pretty amazing to see him under one, the areas of skin where it is 'thin' just glows. He's 4 yrs now and thinks it's 'really cool' he glows in the dark, but his big brother doesn't
Gotta take the fun from the differences in our bodies right!?
We have thought long and hard the pros and cons of none, the natural stuff, this stuff, other brands.... We use the tube stuff for arms, legs, face, body parts, we use the spray for the top of his head... he has bald spots and with the creamy stuff he looks like he has a big glob of white zinc smeared on the top of his head... so we use the spray that is invisible and he doesn't get pointed at all the time. I have used the spray when I have been in the sun and there is no one around 'to get my back' or I'm somewhere that I just don't want to walk up to a total stranger and say, hey will you rub this lotion stuff on my back
(where's the batty eye smile?)
If you are going to wear sunscreen and really want it to protect you then put it on a half hour or so before you go out, don't 'wait til I get there' to apply it.
Don't store the stuff in a hot car, have you ever seen a bottle of separated sunscreen that you have to shake because if not it's all weird... well there's a reason it did that... it got cooked... just like a piece of broccoli put in boiling water, not the same as a fresh spear.
If you sweat, swim, towel off, get hugged by everyone in sight.. it will rub/wear off keep applying it.
If you find a brand that you like during the peak season when it's in the store, stock up buy an extra tube or bottle, come winter might not be able to find it... and yes the sun is out in the winter too.
We do the cover up thing too... the fancy clothing is nice... but what you are looking for is a tight weave.... think cheesecloth that's all holey... you will end up with polka dots... think a spandex top... you will have a very white area of skin under it... okay so you don't have to go to the extreme of head to toe spandex... please if you have a butt like mine... DON"T! close weave, go through your closet, hold a shirt up to the light, which one blocks more sun? wear that one...
polka dots... you know those holey football shirts... my brother used to make it a point to always get a 'sun burn' every time he wore that shirt... he thought it was fun to take his shirt off and have spots... okay leopard, your weird! that looks pretty cool!
If you want good sun protection that's 'natural' and I'm serious here... go find a puddle of mud and smear your body with it.... okay so you may not want to go into that fancy place... oh yeah, they won't let you in that fancy place... but it's pretty natural and it's going to protect you. Let your kids play in the mud, let them run around butt naked in the yard after they have smeared themselves head to toe in mud for 3 or 4 hours, even during the brightest intense sunniest part of the day... once you get all the mud off you will notice they do not even have a hint of red to their skin (well that red clay in some parts of the world may stain...) but the mud will protect you.
oh and mud is pretty cheap too...