Tag: sun protection

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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BonLook: seriously stylish sunglasses for kids

As someone who hates going out without sunglasses on, I’m sure I’m not the only one whose kids have inherited my sensitive eyes. I’m also sure I’m not the only parent to have had that experience where we broke down and bought the cheapie (though not really so cheap) emergency kids’ sunglasses at a vacation spot or at an airport, and oops…broken after 4 wearings. Enter BonLook, which is doing a fabulous job with kids’ and baby sunglasses, and nary a Daffy Duck to be found. BonLook is a store for trendy prescription eyewear for adults, but they’ve just...

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Seventh Generation’s new baby products are eco-awesome

Long before I had kids, I was buying Seventh Generation products to clean my little apartment. I liked their earth-friendly business practices, their mindful selection of ingredients, and the fact that I could grab what I needed from the shelves of my local supermarket.  And though my kids are now beyond the baby stage, I was intrigued to hear that Seventh Generation has introduced a new line of baby bath and skin care products. Those of you with babies in the house will definitely like the eco-awesome offerings. Seventh Generation’s new line of baby bathtime and baby skin care...

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UPF blankets for babies, hold the chemicals

I’ll admit the sun frightens me, especially where my little boys are concerned. But I don’t let my fear keep us inside or under a tree–though I admit to having overloaded them with sunscreen until their limbs resembled a sheet of notebook paper. Thankfully, I discovered a new blanket made with a UPF 50+ fabric which is just the ticket for parents like me. The new UPF 50 blanket from Sun Snapz is made without chemicals and fits over strollers, baby carriers, and car seats. It’s also great as as snuggly wrap for kids. The snaps make it perfect...

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The sunblock that turned us into a family of sunblock snobs

This sunblock is so good, so easy, and so waterproof that my kids call it only “the good one.” Well, not my three-year-old. He calls it “dat good can dat you spray.” Translation: winning product. The brand is MD Solar Sciences, which bills itself as a physician-driven skin cancer prevention company– unlike, say, companies that also make SPF 2 body oil and post-sun aloe gel.  “The good one” refers to two different products that work equally well. The Quick Dry Body Spray is our very favorite, as it sprays cleanly and, believe it or not, clearly. With almost no...

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A safe sunscreen to use all summer long

We all know how important it is to protect our skin from the sun. But the confusing thing is that some sunscreens contain scary ingredients that may actually cancel out their sun protection benefits. I’m always on the lookout for a more natural, toxin-free SPF, which is not an easy task. Thankfully I found a new one that delivers safety and effectiveness with no yucky white streaking. The new sunscreens from Suntegrity Skincare at Lion’esque Style are free of all potentially harmful chemicals, including parabens, phthalates, and nano particles. I definitely feel safe smearing it all over myself and...

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Fake a tan while protecting yourself from a real one

Just because I want to avoid the sun, doesn’t mean I want to spend my summer looking like a ghost. I know I’m not alone, which is why self-tanners have become so popular. And now, I’ve found the perfect beauty product that gives me a gorgeous fake bake, while protecting my skin from the rays. The new SPF 20 Gradual Self Tanning Sunscreen Mousse from Supergoop leaves an ever-so-slight kiss of golden color while saving your skin from sun damage. Pretty genius. I used this self tanner/sunscreen for one week straight and was thrilled to step out looking like...

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More bathing suits for little girls that are big on style, not skin

I’m so happy to know that our recent post on appropriate swimsuits for little girls was so well-received! Also glad to know it’s not just us that’s thinking our girls can still be girls for a good while longer–there’s plenty of time later for those teeny bikinis (gulp). So here’s another adorable option for you, which I fell in love with when I saw it on my niece this past weekend. Thanks to my sister-in-law, I’m so happy to have discovered this boy short tankini for girls at Garnet-Hill. I could not stop shrieking about how cute her 5...

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Baby sun protection? Reader Q&A

I just had my fifth baby a couple weeks ago and need some ideas for baby sun protection. Could you tell me some of your favorite products for making it easier and safer to be out in the sun with a very young infant? -Kim Congratulations on the birth of your baby! Number five no less. The cool thing is, there are a lot of great new products out there for you, even since your first was born. Here are a few picks to help keep your babe safer in the sun. –Christina I got to try out the GoCrib...

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UV swimwear lets girls play it safe, and adorable, in the sun.

Hooray, it’s unofficially summer this week! That mean fun days at the beach, and for parents, the grand hunt for UV swimwear and the perfect sunblock to keep our kids safe. My daughter is not the yellow polka dot bikini kind of gal anyway; she’ll be digging in the sand until high tide, which is why we’re glad to find a brand that provides some needed coverage. [don’t miss an exclusive discount after the jump!] I am very excited to have found another adorable collection of sun-safe UV swimwear for toddlers and girls, from smart company Girls4Sport.   These...

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When you’re a cool kid, the sun shines on you 24 hours a day

Kid (and baby) sunglasses are usually one of those things that are terribly cute in theory but not always so great in practice. They’re often slippy, stomped, and broken within, like, minutes. So these new sunglasses for kids are worth their weight in sunscreen. If you’re looking for a cool little gift before some family travel to warmer climes this season, definitely check out the new Scream sunglasses by Eyes Cream Shades. They’re everything you want kids’ sunglasses to be: they stay on (without that wraparound head strap thing that so many kid glasses have), their lenses are polycarbonate...

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A stroller sunshade that makes sense

I can get a little crazy about sun protection (just ask my husband). I douse myself in SPF 30 every single day–no matter the time of year–and I run for the shade at the playground and the park. So it’s only natural that I want the same safe sun vigilance for my kids. I’ve been looking for a good stroller sunshade–a non-black one that still lets my sons see the world–and I finally found one. Thank you Maclaren! The new Sunshade from Maclaren is a smart and stylish light grey color. I never understood why so many stroller sunshades...

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EWG and Cool Mom Picks agree: These 3 sunscreens rock

Does anyone else feel like buying sunscreen takes a PhD and two hours internet research? I do. And then I’m too tired to swim. That’s why we’re happy to share some family-tested sunscreens that we’ve thoroughly tested– and we checked the EWG Skin Deep list, too, where top sunscreens are rated with the lowest numbers. (But take some of it with a grain of salt – not every ingredient that is of concern to them, like fragrance, is of concern to everyone.) Sunny times are here again! Our family of four rotated through three different product lines this summer,...

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Cool board shorts for boys – Reader Q&A

I’d love to find some boys’ board shorts that don’t look like gangster-wear. Can you help? -reader question via Twitter With his fair skin, I love board shorts on my son for the simple reason that they cover more of his body that shorter swim trunks. And I’m pretty certain that any little boy would look surfer-dude cute, and not gangster tough, in these great board short options that we’ve pulled together. –Christina Our editor Liz recently raved about Zio Sport’s great sportswear for boys and girls, and their brand new board shorts are pretty cool too. I love...

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Shades for your little co-pilot

Summer is upon us and I am gathering my toddler’s arsenal of sun hats, sun block–and yes, I will make another desperate attempt at sunglasses. Sunglasses on a 2 year old– I know, what’s the point? They won’t keep them on or they will be broken in 5 minutes… or will they? Thanks to Babiators there might be hope yet for reliable help in protecting your little ones eyes from the suns harmful rays with their cute array of children’s sunglasses. The aviator design does carry a bit of a Top Gun vibe (they were designed by a fighter pilot!) and...

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Keep your baby in the dark. Literally.

I’ve got to be honest, the Snooze Shade is the kind of product I dream of being able to use more. Because, well, my babies don’t generally start sleeping in the first place. But for anyone with a baby who actually does sleep, the Snooze Shade could be a lifesaver. It comes in two sizes –to fit an infant car seat or a stroller– and is made from black, breathable UPF50+ fabric. Anytime baby is ready for shut-eye you can just pop it on and create a dark, comfy environment for baby, even on the sunniest of days. Yes,...

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7 two-piece bathing suits that don’t make little girls look like teenage girls

I’ll say it: the bathing suit choices for little girls are abhorrent these days–teeny string bikinis, plunging v-necks, high cut briefs, ruching at the “cleavage” presumably to create more of it. It’s making me crazy. To say nothing of a certain retailer (ahem Abercrombie) that recently introduced–then backpedaled on–padded bras for 8 year-olds. Still, I do like two-pieces for girls. They’re cute and make changes easy, especially when you’re in the diaper phase.  So I’ve spent a little time tracking down a few picks for summer that will let your little girl look like your little girl for a...

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SPF Moisturizer that’s green and clean? Sold!

Relying on an SPF moisturizer alone has always worried me just a little bit. With hours of playground and beach time ahead of me this summer, I need my skin to be well protected (and to look pretty, too). But I’m a tough customer when it comes to my sun protection. My SPF has to be a physical block, like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, and be free of as many toxins as possible. It’s hard to find that all in one facial moisturizer. And yet, I found a new product that fits the bill: Super by Dr. Nicholas...

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From nature to your ever-changing skin, with love

Pregnancy. Nursing. Postpartum. Pregnant again. Getting my first crow’s foot. Freaking out. My skin’s undergone more changes in the last five years than the cast of Saturday Night Live. I wanted a skincare product that was natural and safe, so I hopped on Google and tried slathering my face with honey, yogurt, banana, and avocado. Yuck. I gave up. Hence my enthusiasm for Marie Veronique Organics. This line of skin care products, available only extra fresh and online, is hand-made in California of intelligent ingredients in 100% recyclable packaging. And from what I can tell, it’s safe and beneficial...

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Today’s UV index is holy cow, you’re never leaving the house ever.

Every parent has that one major sensitivity with their kid; that one issue that you are more freaked out about than other parents. For my sigOth, it’s sunscreen. He’s hyper aware of what SPF we’ve got, what ingredients are in it, and how long it’s been since we last applied. Honestly, I’m grateful for his diligence because I can be a little forgetful until their skin is starting to turn a little pink. So for him, and all the parents like him, it’s great to see the new Coppertone iPhone App. Aptly called My UV Alert, it’s an excellent...

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