Tag: sun protection

Should you really avoid SPF over 50? We’ve got facts, and we’ve got answers.

Growing up as a fair-skinned, redheaded kid, I’m no stranger to the intricacies of SPF labels. Or sunburns. Like lots of us, I always believed that the higher the SPF, the better the sun protection I’d get, but that’s not necessarily the case. In fact, the EWG warns against sunscreens with very high SPF over 50, and that goes for kids and adults. In fact, they say flat out to avoid SPF over 50. But, why? Related: 2017 EWG best safe sunscreens for kids and babies: Which is the most affordable? First off, what is SPF? SPF, or Sun...

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20+ backyard party ideas: Host the best summer party on your block.

Warmer weather means moving the inside activities outside, which is an all-around good thing — especially when it comes to those long summer day get-togethers. Parties are somehow just more fun when they’re in the backyard (and we admit, the easier-to-clean-up aspect is pretty appealing too). Since every outdoor event can only get better with a few awesome backyard party ideas, we searched around the web to find our very favorites. At top: Mini Water Blobs | Hello, Wonderful CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Budget-friendly tricks for hosting a fabulous outdoor party. Backyard party ideas for invitations One of the best things about...

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2017 EWG best safe sunscreens for kids and babies: Which is the most affordable?

Every year, I take a look at the Environmental Working Group’s report on the best safe sunscreens for kids and babies. This list measures popular brands against the EWG’s standards, including everything from worrisome ingredients to false marketing claims. Not every top-ranked tube of lotion is the same value for the dollar, though, so I’ve broken down all 19 of their best safe sunscreens for kids by price per ounce. Because I’ll bet there are other parents like me, who want safe products for their kids but don’t feel the need to spend more money than necessary. Top photo: © Kate Etue for Cool Mom Picks...

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The cutest baby sun hats to protect your baby’s skin this summer.

When it’s brutally hot outside like it is now in some areas — hello, summer! — we start thinking seriously about protecting our littlest ones’ skin from damaging UV rays. And, sunscreen can only do so much. It’s important we find other ways to protect our baby’s skin, and shading them with sun hats is one good way to go. From modern prints to sweet florals, we found the cutest baby sun hats that offer great protection for your littlest kids at the pool or park this summer. CMP is an rstyle affiliate    Related: Swim diapers that help stave off sunburn too?...

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The EWG 2016 safest sunscreens for kids: which are most affordable?

Every year, we have turned to the Environmental Working Group’s Annual Guide to Sunscreens to help us make more educated decisions about what are the safest sunscreens to slather on our kids (and ourselves) each summer. But we often find that when you break down the prices, whoa — it’s expensive to get safe sunscreens for kids! Especially considering how much we’re using. So this year we thought we’d take a good look at their short list of the EWG Best Kids’ Sunscreens, find the average prices online (generally from Amazon, Drugstore.com, or the brand’s own website if the product isn’t widely available at...

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The EWG list of the safest sunscreens for kids. Just in time for summer

Each year, I check out the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Sunscreens to find the safest sunscreens for kids. With a slew of fair-skinned redheads in my family, I feel like I go through gallons of sunscreen each summer, and while I’m not all-organic-all-the-time, I do tend to splurge on lotions that are safer for my kids and lower in chemicals since we use so much of them all season. Related: What is the safest sunscreen for kids and babies? If you haven’t yet been to the site,  EWG ranks an impressive 1700 products, from spray sunscreen to lip balm with SPF, and scores them (lower numbers are...

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Babiators grows up with new sunglasses for bigger kids

Search this site for kids’ sunglasses, and you will find several posts about Babiators cool-looking, high-protection sunglasses for babies and toddlers. With good reason: Cute styles and comfy frames coupled with 100% UVA and UVB protection, and an incredibly forgiving one-year replacement guarantee, make for a great way to keep little eyes from squinting their way through the sunnier months. So we’re thrilled to learn about Aces sunglasses for bigger kids ages 7-14, now featuring bigger-kid frames but with the same same qualities we’ve love about this brand. Including shatterproof lenses and durable rubber frames, because kids never seem to grow out of needing those at any age.   I...

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Out out, summer dark spots.

The end of summer is sad enough, but it’s also left behind a bunch of shiny new sun spots on my face even though I smeared on so much sunscreen all season long. The good news is that I found a relatively easy fix in the Lumene skincare line. Their new Bright Now Visible Repair Tone Corrector and Time Freeze Targeted Spot Corrector just might save me (and you) a costly and time-sucking visit to the dermatologist. I’ve been using Bright Now every day under my moisturizer to give my skin a nice pick-me-up, and it’s working really well. It’s true, there are definitely some good dark...

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Babyganics: The safe spray sunscreen we’re using, because it actually works.

Parents everywhere groaned when we heard the recommendation earlier this summer that parents should stop using spray sunscreen because of the danger of inhaling the stuff. Not to get alarmist (you can also tell your kids to close their mouths when you spray?), that means some of us were back to rubbing our kids with greasy, sticky lotions. Fun, right? Well, the SPF-50 mineral-based sunscreen from Babyganics, a long-trusted brand of ours, is a safe spray sunscreen, which is a nice option if you have concerns. My kids have tried this spray out this summer and they really love it. It was actually a little weird how excited...

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Web Coolness: Important sunscreen news, what to do with bored kids this summer, and totally fun Orange is the New Black trivia

Here are the links to what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   Important sunscreen news: Why not to spray. (Also, our favorite non-toxic sunscreens.) OITNB Junkies: A guide to all the books the women of Orange is the New Black are reading. We’re proud supporters of this mom’s right to breastfeed somewhere people say she shouldn’t. The best grilling and cooking apps for summer  10 hotels to visit before you die. Probably not with the kids. Wow, twins delivered holding hands at birth. Confessions from our editor Kristen about really listening to your kids when their words hurt....

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Kale for your face? New Eminence Organics skin care products are a new way to get your greens.

It seems like everywhere I turn there’s a new way to eat kale. From chips to salads, the curly green leaf is easily the roughage du jour. So when Cool Mom Picks skin care fave Eminence Organics introduced me to their two latest products, each featuring kale as the star ingredient, I was interested to discover that it could be healthy for my face as well. I thought kale was best used in a green juice with pineapple and cucumber, but the new Citrus & Kale Potent C + E Serum changed my mind. I fell in love with the way the super-lightweight serum disappeared into my...

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Pharmaca delivers an eco-conscious, calming shopping experience. That’s a good prescription.

We’ve covered tons of smart skin care and beauty products, along with natural and organic products for babies and kids over the years. As in…tons. And so I’m really excited to discover so many of our favorites at Pharmaca, a natural, integrative pharmacy specializing in eco-conscious brands like the ones we already love and trust. Pharmaca’s headquarters are in Boulder near me, and they have over two dozen brick-and-mortar locations from Washington State to New Mexico. (Sorry east coasters, but that’s what online shopping is for.) I explored their newest location in Colorado, and I had the best time pointing out all of the awesome products on their shelves that we’ve featured on...

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The A Cream from Mio: The best firming body lotion with a surprising added benefit.

You might know the Mama Mio skincare line for pregnant mamas, and Mio is their new “high intensity” line aimed at helping your skin become more fit and healthy, which I’m pretty sure is code for anti-aging. The A Cream is a firming body cream that promises to tighten, moisten, and generally fortify skin while giving it a nice glow and soft scent.  It’s great as an after-shower lotion, especially on my pasty, dry, winter-dull legs as I prepare for spring dresses. But what really impresses me is how well The A Cream works at soothing sunburn. Confession time: I came a lobster recently, after...

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You’re guaranteed to love Babiators kids’ sunglasses, even if they lose them.

Along with SPF 10,000 and a good hat, I’m all for protecting my kids and their baby blues (and browns and greens) this summer with a good pair of sunglasses. We’ve tried a lot, but one of my favorite brands of kids’ sunglasses may be Babiators, which not only shield their eyes from the sun, but also come with an amazingly forgiving replacement guarantee that seems to be made with my forgetful kids in mind. Babiators’ Lost and Found Guarantee insures that if your kids misplace their glasses at the beach or accidentally sit on them at the playground,...

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Our lips are sealed…and safe from the sun.

I’m a sunscreen addict. I won’t leave the house unless I’m slathered with the sunscreen. (And you wouldn’t be mistaken if you saw two kids leave my house in the mornings looking like they were dipped in white paint.) But finding moisturizing lip stuff with good SPF? Not so easy. So I’m a little happy dance about this new one from Sun Bum.   The SPF Lip Balms from Sun Bum are just the ticket, packed with moisturizing ingredients like aloe and vitamin E, but with the added benefit of serious sun protection. I’ve always been a little wary of chemical sunscreens on my skin,...

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High quality, kid-friendly SPF to go. Ooh la la.

I tried carrying a tube of sunscreen in my purse once. Once. And then I got a new purse. So I’m head over heels for individually packaged, safe sunscreen for kids that even I can’t spill. Bonus: it works. And smells great. [Don’t miss a chance to win this wonder sunblock, after the jump!] If you’ve ever wished for a kid-friendly sunscreen that can’t be spilled, can fit in your pocket, and actually works, we’ve got good news. These Sun Protection Wipes for kids from Le bébé Coo are practically perfect in every way. Each box includes 40 packets, and each packet includes a...

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In a past life, these sunglasses could do a mean Ollie

I love upcycled art and design, but more so when the designs are so fantastic, you’d like them even if you didn’t know a thing about their past lives. And in this case, that past life was a little dangerous, a little edgy, and had nothing to do with UV protection. Update 2015: The shop is no longer making sunglasses but they are making very cool handmade watches! The family run Ontario shop, Second Shot, was born from a passion for skateboarding, art, eco-mindfulnes and well, cool stuff. In a collaboration with BotanyCo Eyewear they’ve created an awesome line...

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Get in The Shade: the all-purpose, all-weather protector for baby

I firmly believe that the rule that applies to dogs should also apply to babies: always ask before touching. (Hey, let’s add pregnant bellies to that list, too). When my son was an infant, I was at the grocery store and a total stranger walked up and just started touching his face. Um, excuse me? But now there are a few new products that comes in handy when people are being, well, a little too handsy, the newest being The Shade from Imagine Baby. It’s a stretchy cover (think spandex material) that pops onto almost any size baby car seat...

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What is the safest sunscreen for kids and babies? EWG has 20 of them.

Each year we eagerly await the Environmental Working Group’s list of the safest sunscreens for kids (and grownups too) and we’re so glad to see the 2013 list is ready, just in time for the unofficial start of summer. Click over to the list of the safest sunscreens and you’ll find not only more than 180 beach and sport sunscreens–the ones we’re most interested in for our own kids–but SPF moisturizers, lip balms and makeup that all meet their criteria. We’ve culled it down to their top picks all scoring a “1” that are made especially for babies and...

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UV swimwear to keep our girls (and boys) covered

Every year, I look out for appropriately modest swimsuits for girls. Not to keep them bundled in tents, but to keep them cute and water-ready without having to succumb to ruching and triangle teeny-bikini tops for the nonexistent boobs. Well here’s a cool New Zealand brand that knows a little something about cool swimwear for boys and girls that has nothing to do with premature sex appeal and everything to do with actual swimming. (Weird, right?) Snapper Rock makes UV 50+ swimwear for boys and girls that’s meant to be run in, waded in, and wave-jumped in. Hold the hooch. And...

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