It’s been a rainy and unpredictable summer in Northern Michigan but on occasion we’ve gotten some warm and sunny weather.  As we all know it’s extremely important to protect ourselves from sun damage but the hard part is choosing which sun screen to use.  As the EWG states, “the best sunscreen is a hat and shirt” but for those occasions when you can’t avoid the sun what do you use? There are lots of great sunscreens out there and the EWG has a long list of them.  One of the top beach and sport sunscreens on their list is Marie Veronique Organics Kids Safe Sunscreen.

Marie Veronique’s Organic Kids Screen SPF 25 Protects against the complete UVA/UVB spectrum, naturally and safely.  The suns screen is free of harmful chemicals, nanoparticles, parabens, petroleum products, fillers, waxes, fragrances oxybenzone or vitamin A. The product is safe and gentle so it can be used around the eyes, which is important for the kiddos. The sunscreen is water resistant and 100% Vegan.  The screen is a pump, not a spray which is important in order to avoid particles getting into you or your kids lungs. The sunscreen is made with green tea, vitamin E , ylang ylang and many other great ingredients.

When possible Marie Veronique Organics uses natural, organic and fair trade ingredients packaged in 100% recyclable material and donate 10% of their profits to organizations dedicated to creating better opportunities for women and children in Third World countries.

So does it work? According to Marie Veronique’s the kids sunscreen is supposed to be good for the entire family so I decided to test it out. I was in Florida a few weeks back because it was still cold here in Michigan and I used the SPF 25 kids safe sunscreen and this is what I found.

Positives:

  • UVA/UVB Protection
  • Free of harmful chemicals
  • Didn’t irritate my eyes
  • Smells good
  • Didn’t dry out my skin
  • Compact
  • Cost effective
  • Good for all skin types

Negatives:

  • Had to re-apply often and burned because of not re-applying often enough (insert sad face)
  • Needed to re-apply more than every two hours.

I got burned while I was in Florida but I wonder if I didn’t need more of an SPF. I would recommend re-applying more than every two hours, especially for those who are sensitive to the sun. The good outweighed the bad.  Research indicates that using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 during the first 18 years of life lowers skin cancer

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