My grandmother's cancers will always haunt me. There are a couple of things that I always do in honor of her memory for my family. First, on her birthday, we have a nice dinner and my husband and son listen to me talk about her for the entire evening. Second, I run all of our skincare and beauty products through the EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. This is a website that you will want to bookmark because it summarizes the safety of the ingredients in thousands of skincare and beauty products.
Let me give you an example. Consider that many sunscreens contain dangerous chemical filters. The EWG website explains:
"The most common sunscreens on the market contain chemical filters. These products typically include a combination of two to six of these active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. A handful of products combine zinc oxide with chemical filters."
They also give a list of questions to consider:The EWG has great articles like this to breakdown concerns with different products. In addition, they evaluate thousands of products so that you are able to quickly look up information about the safety of different products. It's intriguing to enter products that you already have. I now use it to look up products before I purchase them for my family.
As I mentioned earlier, as a mom, it's important to use good quality products that are free of dangerous ingredients such as parabens, chemicals, and more. Personally, we prefer fragrance-free products because some of our family members experience skin irritations from fragrance. We moved to Texas a few years ago, so sun protection is very important. Last year, I purchased Blue Lizard products for my family because their full spectrum sunscreens offer broad UV coverage and were rated as safe sunscreens on the EWG website. When they contacted me this year to feature them on our blog, I was excited because this is a brand that I truly love and that I hold close to my heart since I am so cautious about products for my family.
There are two trendy things that I want to highlight about these products - (1) the EWG ratings and (2) their trendy containers that change color with UV exposure. The products that we are using this summer include:
- Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Sensitive Skin SPF S30+: According to the EWG database, this product has an overall rating of 1 (green). The trendy bottle turns blue in UV light!
- Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Face SPF 30+: According to the EWG database, this product has an overall rating of 2 (green). The trendy bottle that we have includes a cap that turns blue in UV light.
- Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Baby SPF 30+: According to the EWG database, this product has an overall rating of 1 (green). We also love that the bottle turns pink in UV light which is a great reminder to be cautious about our exposure.
Here is a before and after photo of the bottles when we moved them from my kitchen counter to our patio. They changed color quickly in our strong Texas sun!
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