Now we know that one blistering burn during childhood can increase a child’s risk of developing melanoma. So I diligently spread a thick layer of sunscreen on my own sons, who are six and two.
My motivation to protect my children is strong, but getting it done is a bit more of a challenge. Just because the label says, “for children,” that doesn’t mean a sunscreen truly meets the high standards every parent wants for their children’s products.
That’s where EWG comes in. This year, my fellow analysts and I have evaluated nearly 180 baby and kids’ sunscreens, the most we’ve ever assessed for EWG’s Sunscreen Safety Guide.
Some kids’ brands are better
Here’s the good news. Many brands formulate children’s sunscreens with safer, more effective ingredients than those in other products. About 63 percent of kids’ sunscreens contain effective mineral ingredients that provide good protection from ultraviolet-A rays, compared to 40 percent of other sunscreens.
Products with the words “baby,” “children” or “kids” in the product name are also less likely to contain:
• Fragrances. Some of these chemical mixtures may cause allergies and other serious health problems. Nearly three-fourths of kids’ sunscreens are fragrance-free, versus 54 percent of other sunscreens.
• Oxybenzone, a hormone-disrupting chemical, is in 37 percent of kids’ sunscreens versus 56 percent of other sunscreens.
But sometimes the words “children” or “kids” are just marketing gimmicks. Sixteen brands included in the Sunscreen Safety Guide list exactly the same ingredients in their children’s products as in their products for general use – down to the exact percentages of active ingredients.
Mineral vs. non-mineral sunscreens
As every parent knows, it’s a challenge to get kids to sit still and let you apply sunscreen. My six-year-old recently announced he would no longer use mineral sunscreens. Rebellion has struck earlier than I expected, but instead of sneaking cookies my son has decided that he wants to use “sunscreens that rub in all the way.” This leaves me in a bit of a quandary because all of EWG’s top-rated sunscreens are mineral-based, containing zinc or titanium. They can leave your kid pasty white.
Here’s the problem: the non-mineral options are more likely to contain potential hormone disruptors and less likely to protect him sufficiently against harmful UVA rays.
My solution? I look for a product that contains three percent avobenzone, the maximum allowable level. Avobenzone is effective and presents relatively low risk of toxicity.
Stay away from products that contain oxybenzone or 4-MBC. These chemicals are potential hormone disruptors.
If you are willing to pay a little more for your kid’s sun protection, try the products that contain Mexoryl SX, the newer generation UVA filter. While the few products with it are pricier than many other sunscreen offerings, the protection is definitely worth it
Thanks to Sonya Lunder for these amazingly helpful tips!
Tropical Beach Resorts is just blocks from Siesta Key’s historic Stickney Point Road.
And as we all know, Siesta Key is one of the Sarasota area’s most beautiful and attractive barrier islands.
Siesta Key means elegant homes and waterfront estates, fabulous beach resorts, and a beach consistently rated number one in the nation, sparkling Siesta Beach. Life was much different, however, 100 years ago on Siesta Key. Before the 20th century, the island was inaccessible by automobile. The first bridge from the mainland to Siesta Key wasn’t constructed until 1917. The “roaring” 1920s saw the first real estate boom in the area, and in 1924, Sarasota County issued municipal bonds to finance bridge and road construction, including the first Stickney Point Bridge over Little Sarasota Bay. Construction on that bridge began in 1926, but that was also the same year a major hurricane hit south Florida, the start of a real estate market bust that continued right into the Great Depression.
South Florida real estate didn’t really pick up again until after World War II, when the entire nation was prospering. Thousands of veterans who had trained in south Florida at facilities like the Venice Army Air Field returned there to buy homes and raise families in the Florida sun. The first Stickney Point Bridge was a steel Warren truss “swing” bridge, a popular bridge style in the 1920s but entirely insufficient for booming Siesta Key by the late 1950s. In fact, a 1959 Sarasota Herald-Tribune editorial called the bridge “a disgrace to the county.” By 1965, replacing the bridge became a priority for Sarasota County, and the new 4-lane Stickney Point Bridge finally opened in 1968. Engineers call it a “bascule” bridge, meaning it’s a drawbridge that can be quickly opened and closed for boat traffic. The bridge quickly became a favorite spot for fishing enthusiasts, and there’s even a bait and tackle shop on the Siesta Key side. Boaters, skiers, and windsurfers can be seen from the bridge almost every day of the year.
The Stickney Point Bridge is named after “Uncle” Ben Stickney (1842-1912), a Siesta Key pioneer and early settler who became legendary for his bighearted hospitality and for the huge parties and picnics held at his Siesta Key estate.
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Your friends at Tropical Beach Resorts encourage you to join us in helping with the awareness to stop the ones you love from texting and driving!
Download this contract and have all members of your family sign and agree to pledge not to text and drive. Forms completed can be submitted by fax, email, or mailed. For each signed contract we receive Tropical Beach Resorts will donate $5 to the Sarasota Boys and Girls Club to support an awareness program for teens to teach them the true dangers of texting and driving.
Texting is an epidemic that is sweeping across America. Causing drivers everywhere to black out for five seconds at a time. It’s called Texting and Driving.
Simply download and print the contract and have all members of your party that are of legal driving age sign. Help support the Sarasota Boys and Girls Club in teaching teens the dangers of texting and driving.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org Fax 941-468-7224 Address 6717 Sara Sea Circle Siesta Key Sarasota FL 34242 Telephone 941-349-3330
We are delighted to invite you to a complimentary beach yoga class Saturday mornings at 9:00am. Can you think of a more relaxing way to start your day than by doing yoga on the white sandy shores of Siesta Key with the island sun brightening your day? Whether you have never taken a yoga class before or practice weekly…. you will find this class to be a wonderful experience. Make sure to bring water and wear comfy clothes; Otherwise, the class is all set up on the beach to the left of the access path by the Gulf. Namaste!