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I spent a little time trying to figure out the best sunscreen for my fair-skinned toddler. Basically, you need to slather it on – like if your family was at the beach all day an entire 8 oz bottle would be empty if we used it as it is tested. And reapply liberally at least every 2 hours.  We bought Bennett 3 UV protection shirts for this summer.

Realistic View:  find a relatively all natural sunscreen. Protect from UVA and UVB rays. No Parabans.  We bought Caribbean Solutions – natural/biodegradable lotation. It is a botanical /mineral blend. Of course I just read that I’m supposed to reapply every 45 MINUTES! Check this out,\I’ve used most of these brands throughout the years:  http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/natural-sunscreens-460608  

 

This is a resource to research sunscreen and other cosmetics: http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/special/sunscreens2008/findyoursunscreen.php

 

Extreme view: that using sunscreen prevents a burn but does not necessarily prevent skin cancer — http://naturalmedicine.suite101.com/article.cfm/hidden_dangers_in_sunscreens Goofy, but thought provoking. One Mother Jones articles stated that the incidence of skin cancer correlates directly to the increased sales of sunscreen.

Watch out for Nanoparticles – the FDA really knows NOTHING about these tiny-tiny bits… Read this:

http://www.minnpost.com/stories/2009/05/14/8794/as_nanotechnology_hits_the_marketplace_safety_is_a_growing_issue

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