And then, there's all the chemicals included with so many sunscreens/sunblocks. I shudder thinking about it! The thinkbaby website says it best, and reinforces why it is so important to think long and hard about the sunscreen you are choosing for your family:
The majority of sunscreens currently on the market are full of questionable ingredients and known carcinogens. Simply looking at the ingredients you’ll quickly realize you don’t recognize any of them. Many existing sunscreens have been brought to market with little concern for their safety. Not only do ingredients in sunscreen interact with skin, but data shows after application of lotions, some of the same chemicals can be detected in the bloodstream. Most people wear sunscreen to reduce the chance of developing cancer, so why apply something that could potentially increase this risk?
I've been on a mission over the past few years to find something that was safe for my children, as I strive to teach them about sun safety. I came across thinkbaby sunscreen and they were kind enough to allow me to review their sunscreen! (which is now SPF 50+)
I was hesitant because I know, as with many sunscreens that are more natural, they go on so thick and white, and are hard to rub in - kids don't want to wait for that! While thinkbaby does go on white, it rubs in a lot more quickly than other sunscreens we've tried.
The thinkbaby ingredient list is awesome and totally pronounceable (well the common names are, haha!) -
- Zinc oxide SPF 30+ (non-nano)
- Vegetable glycerin
- Whole leaf aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
- Avocado oil (Persea gratissmima)
- Wild carrot (Daucus carota)
- Jojoba seed oil (Simmondsia chinensis)
- Olive oil
- Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
- Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)
- Orange peel wax (Citrus aurantium dulcis)
- Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)
- Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
- Cornstarch (Zea mays)
- Carrageenan (sourced from kelp)
For 2012, thinkbaby received a score of 1 on the EWG Sunscreen Guide (lower is better in this case!) and even made the Top Sunscreen List!
There is SO much information about thinkbaby on this one page of their website. I highly encourage you to spend a few minutes reading and learning!
So, my thoughts? It worked really well - I was thoroughly impressed! I didn't really know what to expect (I did expect it to work, haha) but it definitely exceeded my expectations. thinkbaby did a fantastic job of protecting the skin of my little guys.
- My oldest has very fair skin (is it mean to call him pale?) ;-) And usually burns - no matter the sunscreen we try, but has so far stayed burn-free this spring (here in NC, we've had warm/hot weather for months). We tried it at the beach this past weekend, and again, I was really impressed. His shoulders did get burnt really bad, but I realized (after the fact) that I didn't put thinkbaby there - he was wearing a t-shirt and I got his chest/back/face, just missed his shoulders...opps!
- My middle son has my skin and just tans ;-)
- And my youngest has fairer skin, but very sensitive skin, and I was pleased that thinkbaby didn't cause him to break out into a rash, or irritate his skin in any way!
We are looking forward to enjoying the rest of this summer (and future summers!) protecting our skin with thinkbaby!
What about you - have you made the switch to a more natural sunscreen? What are your thoughts, especially if you've tried thinkbaby?
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Disclaimer: I received 1 bottle of thinkbaby sunscreen in exchange for this review. All opinions are honest and my own. You may have a different experience.