All About Sunscreens

Hey friends! How is your week going? We have been on the go all week. It has been a bit random and packed full of ‘to do’ lists….taxes, new cell phones, school, getting work done on the car…blah blah blah. We have also ate out a ton! Which is really weird for us. I tend to like to save my money when it comes to eating out plus I just feel better when I am eating healthy meals at home. I told D he gets one more week since he is still on vacation then is it back to the real world and real food. This weekend we are getting family pictures made. I am so excited but still have no idea what we are all going to wear. Looks like we will be winging it. #mylifelately

Today I wanted to share some of my thoughts on sunscreen.

Summer is upon us and that means outdoors, sports, swimming, camping, hiking, picinics and all the fun stuff! I am so excited!

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One thing that is very important (espically when you are a bit freckled like me) is sun protection! Now as a wife and mother I not only want to take care of myself but also my family.
I also know more about the importance of safer skin care now. This is why I use zinc based sunscreens.

Now lets back up a bit……what are the different types of sun screens you might ask?

Well basically there are two different types: physical and chemical.

Physical sunscreens are also known as mineral or inorganic. These physical sunscreens block all the sun’s rays. They do this by a physical blocker called zinc oxide.

  • Zinc oxide provides protection against the entire spectrum of UVA and UVB rays.
  • Zinc oxide is great for sensitive skin and is a main ingredient in diaper rash cream.


A downside of these sunscreens is that many of them are super thick! Think the funny man with the white nose on the beach.

This is why I love Beautycounter’s sunscreen! It is balanced to avoid this white cream look.

Chemical sunscreens (also known as organic) work by chemicals being absorbed into the skin to reflex certain sun rays.

Some chemical ingredients can convert into free radicals, which can cause skin damage, irritation, and aging. Many active ingredients in chemical sunscreens have not been FDA approved. (source)

Oxybenzone is one of the main chemicals of concern( especially for our kiddos). It is not only known for being harmful to our health but also our environment.

For these reasons I have chosen to avoid chemicals sunscreens for my family.

This stick sunscreen has quickly became a favorite! It is not greasy or white! It is so easy to throw in a bag and reapply throughout the day. I use it on Mason and it’s super easy.

I also prefer sun sticks because physical sunscreens can separate in the bottle. It is important to always shake them before using. This does not happened with sun sticks.

This Badger Sunscreen is also one I have used in the pasted and have ordered for this year as well.

No matter what type of sunscreen you choose it is important to use clothing protective layers when possible and always reapply sunscreen often,

Question: What is your favorite sun tips? What are your favorite summer outdoor activities?



Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. These are my own thoughts and opinions. Some affiliated links are provided in the post. Thank you for supporting SWM!

  1. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups

    April 28, 2017 at 12:20 am

    I might have to try the Beauty Counter stick. There is so much sun here (AZ) and the liquids end up being kind of a mess to cry around.

    1. Bethany

      April 28, 2017 at 1:14 am

      I can totally see that! I loved how easy the stick is plus I can applied it over my makeup! Winning!

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