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I am almost out of sunscreen and before I stand in front of 50 different kinds and get annoyed, I thought I would ask all ye experienced ones- which do you love? Of course, we like to stick to chemical free (zinc oxide or titanium dioxide barrier vs. chemical absorption!). I also need it to be easy to apply (I love Mustela but it's just too thick and takes too long to apply- my 21 month old is ON THE GO and doesn't have time to bother stan ding around while I apply sunscreen!). We are very fair over here so we need a good blocker!<br><br>
TIA for any suggestions!<br>
Traci
 

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We use Alba Botanica chemical free sunscreen, (the green tube). It is spf 18 and the active ingredient is only titanium dioxide. I know that Kiss My Face makes a chemical free one too but I had trouble finding that locally.
 

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We use baby blanket which I really like -- it is spf 50 (I am very fair and skin cancer runs in my family -- though dd is blessed w/ more pigment I am not taking any chances!) and is non-chemical. We have both the tube and the stick, which I find great for the face, neck, etc. Also much easier to stick in the diaper bag for touch ups or getting stuck out unexpectedly.
 

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Well I first of all try to avoid using sunscreen by not going into the sun during the hottest part of the day 10-4. When no possible, I use a physical sunscreen by California Baby that I love. It smells nice and only sits on tops of the skin. Still I try not to use it daily. I just ordered their sensitive skin sun stick and I think that'll help with the active toddler stuff.
 

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We also like California Baby (SPF 30 titanium dioxide), which comes in a tube or a stick. That said, sunscreen is a back-up for us. My DS is very fair, so we try to avoid the midday sun and he always wears a hat. I prefer sunprotective clothing and shade if possible, though we live in the South and I'm not going to keep him inside all summer! I just think that you can get a false sense of security with sunscreen, because it can prevent burning so you stay out longer, but it might not prevent all sun-related damage. (So it might end up allowing you to get a bigger dose of whatever it doesn't protect against.) There's evidence that protective clothing might be more effective than sunscreen at preventing the development of nevi (moles) which are a risk factor for developing skin cancer, esp melanoma. I would definitely use sunprotective swimwear if he was going to be at the beach or swimming pool (looks kind of like a short wetsuit). Expensive, but worth every penny IMO.
 

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We alternate between California Baby (they also make a stick which is so easy to use on the spots that "stick out" more..nose, tops of ears etc.), and my DH and I use Jason's SPF 36. It also goes up to SPF 40. All organic and smells AWESOME.<br><a href="http://www.drugstore.com/qxp90257_333181_sespider/jason_natural_cosmetics/sunbrellas_sun_care_family__block_spf_36.htm" target="_blank">http://www.drugstore.com/qxp90257_33...ock_spf_36.htm</a><br>
or<br><a href="http://www.californiababy.com/19.html" target="_blank">http://www.californiababy.com/19.html</a>
 

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we use clothing a sunscreen, mainly. a tshirt and shorts and a hat, if i can get him to keep it on. skin cancer runsi n my family too, but i reall and truly believe with all my heart that getting daily sun exposure builds up the melanin in your skin which will give you natural protection against burns and UV rays.
 

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baby blanket <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Like homemademomma, I also believe we need sun exposure to build up our own protection. There are lots of other benefits to getting a bit of direct sunlight on your skin every day....vit d for one, it's supposed to be good for keeping your immune system strong, etc.<br><br>
That said, we are all fair-skinned in our family. I have more color than my DH or DS though. If we are taking a short walk or will be in the shade for most of our outdoor time, we don't worry about it. But if we are going to be at the pool or beach for an hour or more, I will use sunscreen.<br><br>
So when we use it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> we use Aubrey Organics Titania Sunblock, SPF 25. It has Titanium Dioxide and PABA Ester, plus some other nice stuff like jojoba butter, coconut fatty acids, and a few other oils and herbs. It isn't too thick either. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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FYI Baby Blanket is jam packed full of chemicals i.e. Octinoxate, Octisalate, Oxybenzone to name but a few. Just wanted to let you all know in case you were fooled by the titanium dioxide formula advertising, (easily done). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">:
 

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My Dad sent me this:<br><br>
From <a href="http://www.healthcentral.com/peoplespharmacy/408/61084.html" target="_blank">http://www.healthcentral.com/peoples...408/61084.html</a><br>
Is Sunscreen Safe For Toddlers?<br>
Q. I have been using a baby sunscreen for my 22-month old son. It has an SPF of 30. Whenever we go out in the sun I slather the stuff on and then slather more throughout the day. Someone recently told me that sunscreen can be absorbed through the skin and get into the circulation. Is this true? Are there any dangers in using sunscreen daily on a toddler?<br><br>
A. Researchers have found that some popular sunscreen ingredients are absorbed from the skin and can be measured in the urine (Journal of Investigative Dermatology, July 2004).<br><br>
Concern has focused on possible estrogenic activity of some sunscreens. This research did not demonstrate any changes in hormone levels in adults, but the authors caution that young children may be more vulnerable to such effects.<br>
You may want to consider a sunscreen containing a physical sun blocker such as zinc or titanium. They can be found in products like Blue Lizard Australian Suncream-Baby, Clinique Super City Block or Neutrogena Sensitive Skin.
 

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We use Jason's Family Block at 36 SPF. The also have one at 40 SPF. I go along the same lines as homemademomma that a small amount of exposure everyday is good. But for hiking or beach days we'll use it.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: now I'm wondering what's wrong with the brand we use. I'm sure someone will tell us! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Aubrey makes a good screen that stays on. It's opaque and stays on top of the skin so harmful chemicals are not absorbed. Also there are some spray on formulas that are easy to apply quickly
 

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After looking at this thread, I'm thinking about getting some Jasons for my ds. Do those of you that use it use the kid's block or the family block? Is there a big difference? I really can't spend all that much money, but certainly want him to be protected when we go to the pool. Any links to other reasonably priced sunblocks?
 

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I use california baby too. It doesn't apply as nice a chemical sunscreen but I think the trade off is worth it. SHe is always touching her body and putting hands in her mouth. There is a lot of controversy about the chemicals in cosmetics and sunscreens, even the so called natural ones. I've found California baby has the least chemicals of all.
 

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We used the Mustela last year and I haven't bought stuff for this year. Just so you know, anything above SPF 30 isn't actually giving you more protection than SPF 30. The stuff that makes up an effective SPF doesn't go higher than 30.
 

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We also use Aubrey Organics Titania Sunblock and love it. DD has very sensitive skin, all sorts of soaps/chapsticks/etc cause a rash, but this has worked great. I'm also interested in trying the California Baby (their sensitive skin soap was the first one we found that didn't break her out), but can't find it locally.
 
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