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I need to get some now were having some sunny days. Which works well that has no chemicals? Also, how much do I need to put and how often?
 

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I was just going to post a similar message! We are in Texas and live on a farm so by now my baby is very tan (I have to take him with me when we take care of teh horses, etc.). He hates wearing a hat a it's so hot it's tough to dress him in long sleaves, etc.<br>
Are there any SPF lotions that are chemical free AND fragrance free?
 

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We don't use any sunscreen.<br><br><br>
I love the way it smells <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> but ... I read quite a few studies about five or so years ago that proved that skin cancer generally occurs elsewhere on the body, not even where there has been sun exposure, and that some sunscreens actually can *lead* to the development of cancer.<br><br>
So I stopped using them, and, incredibly, my kids and I don't get sunburns anymore either.<br><br><br>
It's my personal belief that sunscreens are just a ploy by companies to make more money. We survived thousands and thousands of years as Humans without it, and only in very recent years has skin cancer actually become a real issue. The problem isn't sunlight; it's diet, exercise, and lifestyle.<br><br>
If you find yourself getting a bit red, just go in the shade for awhile. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We use California Baby but it does have fragrance (I like it though), it uses special coated zinc. The other good one is UV Natural which is unscented <a href="http://www.uvnaturalusa.com/htm/products-sunscreen.asp" target="_blank">http://www.uvnaturalusa.com/htm/products-sunscreen.asp</a> they have some really good reading about the chemical make up of sunscreen products. Interesting (and a bit scary) info!
 

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I picked up some Aveeno baby sunscreen. I'll check out that CA baby, though!
 

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I think this is easier for some skin types than others --<br><br>
I did want to add that I don't use sunscreen all over all the time. I think some sun is healthy and normal. I mostly wear a hat and put on light cotton clothing to avoid the sun (I'm an avid gardener, so I've spent much of my life in the sun and really do need some protection -- I see those leather faces and I DON"T want one!). I use it on my son's face, hands, and feet if we are going to be in direct mid-day sun for an amount of time. Otherwise I make sure he is somewhat covered too. A SLOW introduction to sun is going to work much better than a fast one. Sun burns are very harmfull and HURT!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We don't use any sunscreen.<br><br><br>
but ... I read quite a few studies about five or so years ago that proved that skin cancer generally occurs elsewhere on the body, not even where there has been sun exposure, and that some sunscreens actually can *lead* to the development of cancer.<br></div>
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Do you have the references for this? B/c everything I've ever read points otherwise. I worked in a derm clinic once years ago and most of the patients who came in for Mohs surgery (skin cancer surgery) had it on their faces, usually nose, lips, ears, forehead. All places that are exposed to sun a lot. Bald guys would get it on their bald skulls. It isn't necessarily true that all skin cancers occur in sun-exposed areas. They can occur anywhere, even on the bottoms of the feet. But I still protect us from sun. We all burn something fierce w/o sunscreen. I try to also keep us in the shade and covered with sun-protective clothing as much as we can. But we definitely use sunscreens. I feel terrible when my kids get burned. Fair-skinned kids can really suffer from sun exposure, even small amounts. When we were in Florida, I let the kids go outside for a few minutes after we got there b/c they were so excited. We hadn't gotten unpacked even so they weren't wearing sunscreen. But it was totally overcast, so I let it slide. After being out less than half an hour they were all red and miserable. It really ruined the vacation. Even if it didn't increase the risk for skin cancer, I would still protect my kids w/ sunscreen.
 

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badger is natural and a physical mineral barrier.<br><br>
a bit expensive.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We don't use any sunscreen.<br><br><br>
I love the way it smells <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> but ... I read quite a few studies about five or so years ago that proved that skin cancer generally occurs elsewhere on the body, not even where there has been sun exposure, and that some sunscreens actually can *lead* to the development of cancer.<br><br>
So I stopped using them, and, incredibly, my kids and I don't get sunburns anymore either.<br><br><br>
It's my personal belief that sunscreens are just a ploy by companies to make more money. We survived thousands and thousands of years as Humans without it, and only in very recent years has skin cancer actually become a real issue. The problem isn't sunlight; it's diet, exercise, and lifestyle.<br><br>
If you find yourself getting a bit red, just go in the shade for awhile. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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Wow! Well, my daughter plays softball tournaments and my son, baseball,mostly there is never shade. Maybe she shouldn't be out there for 5 hours mid-day, but then she would give up her dream. And maybe we all shouldn't go out and watch her, but we are her fans, thus sunscreen is a reality for most active families. I use badger balm, trader joes, and zinc, sometimes, whatever we have.
 

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I have a stick version of sunscreen and I love it. No goopy mess. Its not chemical free though, just regular ol' Coppertone. Perhaps there is a natural stick version sunscreen?
 

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OHHHHhh the hostility! How dare I be so darn anti-mainstream-cream on an alternative living board. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh"><br><br>
I was just trying to share my own personal philosophy, which I figured was relevant.<br><br><br>
And no, I don't remember exactly where I was reading them but they were in old back issues of medical journals and alternative health magazines at the library. Like I said it was a while back. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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i bought some aveeno baby too the other day, but my baby has many ethnicities in her that have darker skin, although she is visually quite light (im caucasian)....her daddy is very dark and does not burn much at all, being from Mauritius he was exposed to lots and lots of intense sun growing up. i wondered what the difference would be between what her skin could block out naturally and what mine can....maybe someone can tell me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> she is part alaskan, native america, native australian, portugese....im probably forgetting some!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We don't use any sunscreen.<br><br><br>
I love the way it smells <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> but ... I read quite a few studies about five or so years ago that proved that skin cancer generally occurs elsewhere on the body, not even where there has been sun exposure, and that some sunscreens actually can *lead* to the development of cancer.<br><br>
So I stopped using them, and, incredibly, my kids and I don't get sunburns anymore either.<br><br><br>
It's my personal belief that sunscreens are just a ploy by companies to make more money. We survived thousands and thousands of years as Humans without it, and only in very recent years has skin cancer actually become a real issue. The problem isn't sunlight; it's diet, exercise, and lifestyle.<br><br>
If you find yourself getting a bit red, just go in the shade for awhile. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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Same here!! This is exactly how we feel!!
 

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I use Jason on my very fair girls...I found this to be a useful reference:<br><a href="http://www.thegreenguide.com/reports/product.mhtml?id=27" target="_blank">http://www.thegreenguide.com/reports...ct.mhtml?id=27</a>
 

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I love California Baby. Smells so good!
 

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I try to minimize my kids exposure to sunscreen I just think its common sense that something you slather on multiple times a day could cause problems, not to mention my kids have some skin sensitivities to bath products and suncreen tends to make them breakout<br><br>
my older boys have "tougher" skin they don't burn (actually they have never burnt) I insist on hats and t shirts even when swimming in the pool or lake all the time. if they are out for the day (they are active kids) I do put sunscreen on their arms<br><br>
my two little ones I try to schedule most of their outdoor time in the mornings or evening ( I take all my kids to the beach at 9 am and we are always home by 11 30 ish for lunch)<br><br>
our kiddie pool and swingset and trampoline are in our shaded backyard and they have to wear hats and t shirts as well. and they wear spf suits to the beach and when we are in water.<br><br>
I use Loreal ombrelle which I am sure is full of chemicals but its the only one so far that doesn't cause skin breakout I did order some california baby so we'll see how that one works<br><br>
I think its important to be cautious about sun exposure but that parents should be cautious about the constant application of sunscreen as well
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We don't use any sunscreen.<br><br><br>
I love the way it smells <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> but ... I read quite a few studies about five or so years ago that proved that skin cancer generally occurs elsewhere on the body, not even where there has been sun exposure, and that some sunscreens actually can *lead* to the development of cancer.<br><br>
So I stopped using them, and, incredibly, my kids and I don't get sunburns anymore either.<br><br><br>
It's my personal belief that sunscreens are just a ploy by companies to make more money. We survived thousands and thousands of years as Humans without it, and only in very recent years has skin cancer actually become a real issue. The problem isn't sunlight; it's diet, exercise, and lifestyle.<br><br>
If you find yourself getting a bit red, just go in the shade for awhile. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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Sometimes I feel like EVERYTHING is a "ploy".<br><br>
We use Aveeno. We're a very fair skinned family and burn very quickly.
 

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we use blue lizard baby austrailian suncream it is chemical free.<br><br>
Mama Poot : california baby has asunscreen in stick form <a href="http://www.californiababy.com/no-fragrance-spf-30-sunblock-stick-half-oz.html" target="_blank">http://www.californiababy.com/no-fra...k-half-oz.html</a>
 

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We don't normally use sunscreen either...but we live in Canada so it's only a concern for four months or so <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> per year...I make sure they get out in the sun lots especially in the early spring so their skin gets kind of used to it...I use sun hats especially on my fair skinned boy. I will not use sunscreen on a baby under one, period, it gives me the heebie jeebies.
 
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