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Mom” resides in Florida, where the sun shines most of the time, and protecting her little ones from the effects of sun damage are a big concern! Just in time for Spring break, which means many hours spent at the park, on the beach, and splashing in the pool, DERMA E has launched a new natural mineral sunscreen! Just as important for “Mom” is protecting her children from harsh chemicals, and DERMA E is committed to ethical beauty, meaning they are cruelty-free, GMO-free, gluten-free, soy-free, recyclable, sulfate-free, and paraben-free!

Extremely lightweight, DERMA E’s Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Baby provides gentle sun protection while leaving baby’s skin soft and fortified. Eco-friendly, Non-Nano Mineral Zinc Oxide protects your little one from harmful UVA/UVB rays.

Formulated with calming Chamomile Extract and Vitamin E, the sunscreen helps to leave skin soft and soothed. The tube packs easily in a beach bag or diaper bag when “Mom” is on-the-go in the FL sunshine with her kiddos in tow!

A little goes a long way, and the new Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Baby isn’t just for babies – it can be used by the entire family, and is especially wonderful for those with sensitive skin, like “Mom’s” little girl!

You can learn more about DERMA E’s Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Baby on their website.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

A purely natural, paraben-free sunscreen has just made its’ debut from Alba Botanica™ this summer – Pure Lavender SPF 45 Sunblock. This lightweight & fast-absorbing formula has quickly become “Mom’s” favorite, who has a secret love affair with all things lavender inspired! Made with organically grown lavender, this extremely emollient & moisturizing sunblock glides on without leaving a white film on the skin, and offers both UVA & UVB sun protection. Did we mention it smells incredible?

Chemical-free and infused with the health benefits of green tea, Skinfo’s Pure Protection SPF 30 protects you from both UVA & UVB sun damage while on-the-move outside this summer. What “Mom” loves about this sun protective lotion is its’ packaging – its slender size makes it easy to pop into a purse, beach bag or gym bag without bulk! Created by board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Amy Taub, Skinfo’s Pure Protection SPF 30 includes green tea and vitamins to provide antioxidants in a broad spectrum protective lotion formulated with 17% zinc oxide that protects you from the sun’s damaging rays.

Who says one cream can’t do it all? Moisturize? Check! Reduce fine lines and wrinkles? Check! Added sun protection? Check! First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Face Cream is a daily moisturizer that also acts as a powerful sunblock with SPF 30 for UVA/UVB protection. Plus, it works to prevent and reduce visible fine lines and wrinkles. Infused with the First Aid Beauty Antioxidant Booster, this powerful cream does not contain parabens or harsh chemicals, either!

Integrity in skin care and sun protection! The new All-Natural Moisturizing Body Protection SPF 30 by Suntegrity ™ is a top Vegan, planet-friendly find this summer! It was featured in this year’s EWG 2011 Sunscreen Guide under “Best Sunscreens.” Eco-conscious gals will love that it comes packaged in a recyclable tube, is non-toxic and paraben-free, and does not contain any UV chemical blockers.

*Companies generously provided samples and images for this article.*

As the weather warms up, and we head into Spring and Summer, Dr. Mona Gohara offers timely tips on proper sun protection for babies and toddlers. In addition to her thriving practice, Dr. Gohara has also created the stylish, innovative line of sun protective clothing for ages 0-24 months called k&j sun protective clothing.

Why Daily Sun Protection in Babies is Important

  • 1 blistering sunburn or 5 regular sunburns in childhood double the lifetime risk of melanoma.
  • Unfortunately, 54 % of children burn or tan in their second summer, and 22 % burn in their first.
  • Both intensive sun exposure (beach, pool) and daily sun exposure in childhood have been linked to skin cancer and pre- mature aging later in life.
  • A study in the February online issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention showed that beginning in childhood, every vacation near the water was associated with a five percent increase in small moles (approx 2 mm). This increased number of moles predisposes children to the development of melanoma later in life.

Some Hurdles

  1. Babies under the age of 6 months are not supposed to wear sunscreen.
  2. Standard t-shirts do not provide adequate protection during daily play.

Chemical Free Tips and Solutions

Get Hip Gear: Babies 6 months and under should wear sun protective clothing, broad brimmed hats, and UV protectant wrap around sunglasses during everyday play and at the beach/pool. A stroller canopy should be a must on every expectant mom’s registry list! Look for clothes with a tight weave, and dark/bright colors, they provide superior protection!

Be Smart With the “Screen”: For tots 6 months and older, apply a broad spectrum (protects from UVA and UVB) SPF 30 sunscreen over their entire body ½ of an hour prior to outdoor play; reapply over the entire body every 2 hours and after excessive seating or swimming. Choose chemical free brands such as “Baby Blue Lizard” or “Neutrogena Pure and Free Baby” which contain the naturally occurring minerals, titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, as their active ingredients.

Special Thoughts for Special Spots: Use a SPF stick for the child’s eyelids (to avoid product running into the eyes) and lips. A personal favorite, “Vanicream SPF 30 Lip Protectant.”

Seek the Shade: Find shaded areas in the park or playground between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm when the sun is the strongest-this is when most of the damaging sunrays can reek havoc on a child’s skin!

Parents Can’t Slide During a Ride: Ultraviolet light comes through the windows of a car (and home for that matter!) Make sure to have UV blocking shields on the child’s window, to avoid passive, intense sun exposure that can lead to skin cancer later in life!

Whatever the season may be, protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful ray’s is a must in this day and age! Beyond Coastal has developed superior sun protection products that have received top marks from the EWG (Environmental Working Group), and are a wonderful choice for the entire family! Offering true broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen that is paraben-free, oil-free, and fragrance-free, Beyond Coastal has created a nourishing, hydrating product that “Mom” just adores! With protection from both micronized Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, and antioxidants from Algae Extract, Grape Seed Oil, Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter, this is one smart sunscreen that can be used year-round. It glides on with ease, leaving no sticky or greasy feeling. Plus, the sunscreen is water-resistant and sweat-resistant!

Beyond Coastal’s non-comedogenic product line includes Natural SPF 30 Sunscreen, Kids Natural SPF 30 Sunscreen, Natural Lip and Face Screen, Natural Lip Balm, Daily SPF 15 Sunscreen, Active SPF 30 Sunscreen, Active Lip Balm, and AfterSun Natural Moisturizer.

To learn more about Beyond Coastal’s Top-Rated Products, or to order online, visit www.beyondcoastal.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

SPF 30 mineral sunscreen from little twig is perfect for the cool crisp days of fall. The organic SPF 30+ sunscreen has a luxurious creamy texture that smoothes over skin easily. Ideal for sensitive skin, the chemical free unscented formula is non-irritating and water resistant. The cream is loaded with antioxidants, making it a treat for the skin! The sunscreen is safe for the entire family making it perfect for upcoming outdoor festivities.

The owner of little twig, Lenie Ramos, has a firm commitment to growing and maintaining a green company. In addition to sunscreen, little twig makes fun and unique bath and body products. Check out the adorable gift sets just in time for the holidays! The entire line can be viewed at www.littletwig.com.

This review was written by Kirstin Robison, who has a passion for everything beauty and travel related. Often found scouring articles and store shelves for the latest must-haves, Kirstin prefers to stay on top of trends. Nothing inspires her more than to find extraordinary products that really work and make life easier. Having traveled to many exotic locations, Kirstin understands the value of products that offer practical benefits. Writing for “Tiny Green Mom” gives her the opportunity to discover new products that make a difference for the user and the planet.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review*

As we enter the season of giving, there is no better gift than the gift of health, and what better way to show your loved ones (and yourself!) you care than to pamper and protect the skin with items from the little twig personal care line. little twig was founded in 2003 by Lenie Ramos, who teaches us all to go green in our daily lives!

An Interview with Lenie Ramos, Founder of little twig

Tell us about your eco-inspired company.

One year I gave my niece a bottle of bubble bath and found out that she could not use it because of all the harsh ingredients. I became inspired to start a personal care line for children using natural and organic ingredients to nurture sensitive skin. I have always been committed to protecting the environment and found a way to incorporate this philosophy into my business plan.
How do you choose to go green in your own life?

I certainly go green in my own life. I drive a Prius because it is fuel effecient and better for the environment. I am very conscious of my paper consumption. I sometimes drive my book keeper crazy because I always want to print on both sides of paper! I have also taught my friends, family and customers about the importance of recycling.

Guilty green pleasure?

My guilty green pleasure is little twig’s Happy Tangerine Bubble Bath. There is nothing more relaxing than to end a long day with bubbles!

Can you offer any encouraging words for those with a small sustainable business?

I would encourage other business owners to pursue their dreams of starting a small sustainable business and to not get discouraged. The hardest part of running a sustainable business is making sure that you are eco-friendly but also making profits. If you business is not making any money, you cannot continue to educate people about the importance of going green or provide them with green alternatives!

*Image courtesy of little twig.*

Mom’s” favorite baby skincare line, California Baby®, is on sale at Target.com! Everything from their Calendula Cream to their SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion is available at a discounted price. Sounds like it is time to stock up!

*Image provided by California Baby®.* This is not a paid advertorial. Please see disclosure.*

Tiny Green Mom has teamed up with the website We Are Goodkin! The popular parenting site has asked “Mom” to author a few timely articles this summer – the first being an article on the best eco-friendly sunscreens for the entire family. Please check out the article here!

Goodkin is a lifestyle-focused website for today’s modern family.

We see the modern family as one that is progressive, inclusive, socially and globally aware, diverse, non-traditional and a leader in their community.

Learn more about We Are Goodkin on their website.

*Image provided by Avalon Organics.*

The Tiny Green Mom household is a BIG fan of California Baby products! The Calendula Cream has been a “must-have” skincare item to treat the little one’s eczema since she was born, and it has worked wonders. Just recently, “Mom” was sent the SPF 18 Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion to review. Wow – yet another fabulous find from California Baby!

This all-natural sunscreen with both UVA/UVB protection is perfect for the entire family! California Baby’s SPF 18 Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion is hypo-allergenic, fragrance-free, and PABA-free and can be used year-round for superior sun protection. It feels light and non-greasy, and can be worn as a daily facial moisturizer with the added benefit of sunscreen, as well. Truly double-duty! In addition, the sunscreen comes with a convenient pump handle that locks in place while traveling or tucked into a purse or diaper bag when out and about.

For more information on California Baby SPF Suncare or their other all-natural products for the whole family, visit CaliforniaBaby.com.

Check out this wonderful protective sunscreen utilizing the benefits and protective power of green tea! Aubrey Organics Natural Sun Green Tea Sunscreen is an herbal sunscreen made for kids, but is a great pick for the entire family, especially for those with delicate, sensitive skin. Made with herbal emollients, such as creamy organic shea butter and organic green tea, the whole family will love this sunscreen by one of the oldest organic beauty brands on the market! Found at Whole Foods Market, health food stores nationwide, and online at www.aubreyorganics.com.

*Company sent a sample for this review.*