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June 21, 2004

Sunscreen for kids

Now that Ella's been playing outside, in the sun, almost every day, my mom has been voicing her concerns. Is she wearing a hat? Are you covering up her arms and her legs? Is she drinking enough water? Strangely enough, one of her biggest worries was that we were putting suncreen on Ella's face. "Just don't put on the waterproof kind," she warned us. "You don't know what kind of chemicals they put in there."

And perhaps her worries are warranted. We've been using a kids' sunscreen made by KINeSYS, and it's expensive, but I think it's good. Go-Daddy-O picked it from a shelf full of other products because of the ingredients it didn't contain:

· Oil-free / Alcohol-free / PABA-free
· Hypoallergenic / Non-comedogenic
· Fragrance-free

We had bought another sunscreen, with a higher SPF, which contained titanium dioxide. I looked up this ingredient on the Environmental Working Group site, and it was listed as a having the following two health concerns:

-Thought to possibly cause cancer in humans, based on limited data
-Not yet assessed for safety by the cosmetic industry's Cosmetics Ingredient Review board

You can look up the ingredients in personal care products here.

Are there possible human carcinogens in your child's sunscreen?

Posted by tomi at 10:31 PM in Products We Love | Permalink


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Wow..who would have thought?? Thanks for the tip and the link!

Posted by: Candi | Jun 24, 2004 8:10:44 PM

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