I finally recieved my Green Screen order in the mail. I ordered the 4oz. tube of SPF22 tinted sunscreen. I am sorry to say that I am a little disappointed. Perhaps I should have spent more time investigating, but not only does the sunscreen wash off with water, it looks very weird with the added tint. I put it on Little C and it looked like he was covered in my make up…lol! I guess I will check to see if they might have another product that will work for us, and I will let you know how it goes.
I guess it is one of those necessary evils. I don’t know about you, but for me, putting sunscreen on my little guys is a HUGE chore! Not only do they not like putting it on, but it seems to get everywhere while we are in the process.
Okay, now you ladies out there with the little girls, I know, they probably stand still and don’t have any problem at all…lol!
Anyway, what got me thinking about sunscreen was the meeting I had with our pediatrician the other day. Baby J is only four months old, so she said he shouldn’t have sunscreen on his little body yet. I started asking more questions as to why, and what could we do instead. She then told me that I could use something with only zinc oxide as the active ingredient. It would work well and be safe.
So… where do I find zinc oxide? I remember the crazy colored sunscreens form long ago, and I remember something about zinc oxide being part of them. Not only do I NOT want to lather Baby J up with crazy colored lotion, I am not even sure it is available anymore. Our pediatrician told me that diaper cream has zinc oxide as the active ingredient. Of course, diaper cream is thick and white, but I found that if you rub it in well it isn’t as obvious. A little whiteish color is better than any sunburn, in my opinion.
All of this talk and tial with the diaper cream as a sunscreen led me to start googling. I googled zinc oxide sunscreen and found quite a bit of information. One interesting article that I found was at Healthy Child. The author wrote about the dangers of other chemicals used in sunscreens. I was kind of shocked! I have been using all kinds of sunscreen on my children for the past six years. My biggest concern (after avoiding Little R’s food allergies…) has been how strong is the sunscreen that I am going to use? I have always been led to believe that the stronger the better. Maybe this can explain why Little R’s skin turns horrible come summertime.
Maybe you are already well informed on this subject. I would love to hear some of your thoughts.