sunblock http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12003/all en-US Homemade Sunblock and 6 Other Non-Toxic Recipes to Get Your Skin Sun-Ready http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-sunblock-and-6-other-non-toxic-recipes-to-get-your-skin-sun-ready <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/homemade-sunblock-and-6-other-non-toxic-recipes-to-get-your-skin-sun-ready" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sunscreen-179466381-small.jpg" alt="sunblock" title="sunblock" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As the days get brighter and the nights warm up, we're spending more and more time outdoors. Summer is the prime season for enjoyment and activity, but it's also the height of painful sunburns. I'm trying to become more conscious and careful about the lotions and salves I slather onto my body. Sometimes, even the most natural sunblocks contain more harmful ingredients than I'd like to see. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-simple-sunburn-remedies-that-really-work?ref=see%20also">Cheap and Simple Sunburn Remedies That Really Work</a>)</p> <p>The following &quot;recipes&quot; are all natural and non-toxic. After the initial investment in a few key ingredients, they are sure to give your store bought 'block a run for its money.</p> <h2>1. Sunblock With Zinc Oxide</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.scratchmommy.com/diy-sunscreen-easy-make-need-recipe/">thick and creamy sunblock</a> melts like butter onto your skin. The SPF rating is at least 20, if not higher. You may even have some of the required ingredients &mdash; coconut oil, almond oil, shea butter, etc. &mdash; already in your kitchen and bath cabinets. (Ingredients are measured in grams, so here's a <a href="http://calculator-converter.com/converter_g_to_c_grams_to_cups_calculator.php">converting calculator</a> to switch to cups.)</p> <h2>2. Bronzing Bars</h2> <p>If you'd like a natural tan look with your protection, these <a href="http://wellnessmama.com/9368/bronzing-lotion-bars/">DIY Bronzing Bars</a> are for you! A reader suggested including coffee infused oil for that bronzing effect. Bonus? They double as bug repellent!</p> <h2>3. Soothing Sunblock</h2> <p>This next mix <a href="http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/homemade-sunscreen.html#sthash.JQ1M8xzq.qjtu">contains aloe</a>, which soothes burns. It's rated around 30-40 SPF, so great for a day at the beach or out at a backyard barbecue. You can choose to use either carrot seed or raspberry seed oil, with raspberry having more SPF power.</p> <h2>4. Fragrance Block</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.jenniferalambert.com/homemade-sunscreen-with-essential-oils/">sweet smelling sunblock</a> has a hefty dose of essential oils in it &mdash; 40-50 drops to be exact. For me, I'd take the opportunity to do a mix of lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus to get some natural allergy relief from all that pollen flying through the air.</p> <h2>5. Foundation SPF</h2> <p>I'm super excited to try this <a href="http://blog.freepeople.com/2014/04/allnatural-foundation-sunscreen/">homemade foundation and sunblock</a> in one! The color comes from a custom mix of cinnamon and cocoa powder.</p> <h2>6. Tinted Mix</h2> <p>If you'd rather add a more subtle color to your sunblock, this <a href="http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/29800/diy-tinted-sunscreen-recipe#_a5y_p=589571">tinted mix</a> will do the trick. It uses iron oxide powder for those who have a darker natural completions. It blends better on skin with fewer noticeable streaks.</p> <h2>7. Cooling Burn Treatment</h2> <p>If you haven't had a chance to make any of these protective recipes, you might have a nasty burn to contend with. Try <a href="http://thechicsite.com/2014/04/22/diy-sunburn-relief/">freezing aloe juice</a> in ice cube trays. When you get a burn, pop a few cubes out of the freezer and enjoy the soothing sensation.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite homemade sunblock recipe? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-sunblock-and-6-other-non-toxic-recipes-to-get-your-skin-sun-ready">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sun-screens-can-really-cost-you-by-the-ounce-and-by-the-tumor">Sun Screens Can Really Cost You – By the Ounce or By the Tumor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents">4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home">5 Hair Conditioners You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-you-really-need-soft-water">Do You Really Need “Soft” Water?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Health and Beauty Homemade sunblock sunscreen Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:00:03 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1142904 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Summery Ways to Protect Your Skin http://www.wisebread.com/7-summery-ways-to-protect-your-skin <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-summery-ways-to-protect-your-skin" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/summer-5258923-small.jpg" alt="sunblock" title="sunblock" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm not going to lie &mdash; I love tan skin. Naturally &quot;blessed&quot; with a speckled Scottish complexion, I've always been jealous of people whose skin browns beautifully in the sun, rather than simply burning to a crisp like mine. Darker skin is slimming, darn it, and I just love the way it looks. That said, I'm absolutely against tanning, even though I love the way tanned skin looks. <a href="http://www.webmd.com/melanoma-skin-cancer/slideshow-sun-damaged-skin">Tanned skin is damaged skin.</a> We're not talking about sunburns or naturally darker skin, but tans acquired through exposure to UVA and UVB rays.</p> <p>When skin is <a href="http://www.skincancer.org/the-dangers-of-tanning.html">exposed to UV rays</a>, it reacts by producing melanin. Melanin is the same pigment that gives people all over the world varying shades of skin tone. Some people naturally produce a great deal more melanin, which results in darker skin. The presence of additional melanin isn't injurious; it simply indicates that your skin has been damaged and is trying to protect itself against further damage. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-skin-care-tips-for-people-on-a-budget">5 Best Skin Car Tips for People on a Budget</a>)</p> <p>Those of us who bask in the sun or pay good money to lie in a tanning booth are doing real and permanent harm to our epidermis.</p> <p>Now, you may be thinking that you don't see any evidence of damage to your skin, so people should call the heck down. Plus, the allure of tanned skin is so obvious &mdash; it speaks of idle time spent outside. I don't mean to suggest that you shouldn't spend time out of doors, because of course you should. You need SOME sun, for Pete's sake, to get that vitamin D that we are all chronically low on. However, to avoid skin cancer, painful burns, and premature wrinkles, it makes sense to take precautions when exposed to the sun. Here are some ways to keep the bad UVs at bay while still enjoying the great outdoors.</p> <h2>1. Use Sunscreens and/or Sunblock</h2> <p>You've probably heard by now that buying SPF 100+ sunscreen is a bit of a scam &mdash; the highest possible protection that sunscreen can offer is SPF 50, so don't spend money on any sunscreen that claims otherwise. Also, please pay attention to the type of sunscreen you are purchasing. The type is determined by the active ingredients &mdash; the <a href="http://www.skinacea.com/sunscreen/choose-right-sunscreen.html">chemicals and compounds</a> that protect you from the sun's UV rays. Here are Consumer Search ratings of the <a href="http://www.consumersearch.com/sunscreen">most popular sunscreens</a>. If you go use a lot of sunblock, check out Carrie's article on the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sun-screens-can-really-cost-you-by-the-ounce-and-by-the-tumor">most cost-effective sunblock</a> on the market.</p> <p>The last thing to note about sunscreen is that you need to use it even when it's not sunny &mdash; you can still get a sunburn on a cloudy day, and anyone who has ever been skiing in Utah probably recalls the first massive winter sunburn to the face. Sunscreen for daily use is an absolute must &mdash; sunblock for days when you are spending time doing outdoor sports or hanging out at the beach is the best move you can make.</p> <h2>2. Wear Long, Light Clothing</h2> <p>From linen slacks to tunics to maxi dresses, today's fashion has something for everyone who wants to keep their dermis protected. Look for <a href="http://getcurrency.com/life-style/7-perfect-pieces-to-keep-you-protected-from-the-sun">summer clothing</a> made of cotton or cotton blends, and keep it loose and light in color. My husband also swears by the breathability of silk, although it's not a fabric I prefer.</p> <p>Sometimes, wearing less clothing is simply a must, such as while swimming. Be certain to continually re-apply sunblock every couple of hours, and stay under a palapa or cabana when not splashing in the surf. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;page=1&amp;rh=n%3A1046626&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Beach cover-ups</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004W8C86U/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004W8C86U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">sarongs</a> are good ways to cover your tush while remaining cool.</p> <h2>3. Add Some Accessories</h2> <p>Hats and sunglasses are pretty common summer wear, and the great thing about giant sunglasses and huge floppy hats is that they allow you to protect your skin while looking like a petulant movie star who doesn't want the paparazzi to get in the way.</p> <p>A light cotton scarf is another good way to keep bare shoulders covered when in the sun. A cotton or linen pashmina provides light sun protection while allowing you enough movement to maximize air flow.</p> <p>Hats and sunglasses are also a must-have for kids (see below), so don't forget to outfit your offspring with protective accessories.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/beach-814531-small.jpg" width="605" height="403" alt="" /></p> <h2>4. Use a Parasol or Umbrella</h2> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0021D6CI8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0021D6CI8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Parasols</a> aren't just for tropical drinks anymore. While it may strike you as quaint and old-fashioned, the umbrella is a wonderful way to keep the sun off of your skin. And hey, if popular culture can tolerate the return of kettlebell exercises and <a href="http://die-hipster-die.blogspot.com/2010/01/hipster-mustache-brigade.html">overwrought mustaches</a>, we can certainly appropriate the parasol from the Victorian era. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004QY1HN0/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004QY1HN0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Paper parasols offer sun protection</a> and style for cheap.</p> <h2>5. Keep Kiddos Covered</h2> <p>Start your kids off with a lifelong habit of sun protection &mdash; in addition to smearing those little rugrats with sunblock, be sure to provide your stroller-bound bambinos with shade. Many strollers already come equipped with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007U4V2OC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007U4V2OC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">collapsible stroller covers</a>, but if your stroller doesn't have one, do some online shopping and find one that will fit your stroller model.</p> <p>Whether you're at the zoo, park, beach, or just out and about, keep kids' heads covered with a hat or cap that has a decent-sized brim. Hats not only make it easy to identify your kids at a glance, but they protect little scalps, faces, and necks from seriously painful sunburns.</p> <h2>6. Stay in the Shade</h2> <p>Shaded outdoor areas aren't just a good idea for sun protection &mdash; they're an all-around practical place to entertain family, neighbors, and friends. If your yard lacks good shade trees or your patio is completely exposed to the sun, consider purchasing a cabana or camping canopy to provide cover and comfort when spending spending the day out of doors.</p> <p>In my family, the outdoor gathering area was underneath a grape arbor, where vines that grew up and over the structure that my father built gave us shade from the sun and protection from summer storms.</p> <p>Whether the shade you use is naturally provided or shipped to you via FedEx, staying out of the sun's direct rays is both smart and comfortable.</p> <h2>7. Exercise in the Dark</h2> <p>Getting up before the sun to run through the streets can be difficult, but exercising outside of daylight hours is smart &mdash; not only do you reduce your exposure to harmful UV rays, but you're getting your workout during cooler hours, meaning that you're less likely to suffer from heat exhaustion and dehydration. Nighttime exercise is fun &mdash; you just have to take some precautions when running or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/night-biking-get-set-up-to-ride-the-night-away">biking after dark</a>. Make sure to use reflective clothing or vests, for instance, have a good headlamp and distress whistle, and carry a cell phone with you for emergencies. Exercising with a partner is always smart, no matter what time of day.</p> <p>If you live near a wooded area, you can take advantage of natural leaf canopies to exercise in a cooler location, especially if exercising before or after daylight isn't an option for you. Be certain to wear sweat-resistant sunscreen if you do exercise during daylight hours.</p> <p>If all else fails, or you live too far north to take advantage of non-daylight hours, there is no shame in going to the gym. I know that we here at Wise Bread tend to applaud people who save money by not going to the gym, but I have a gym membership, and even though I use it year-round, it's particularly wonderful for those times of the year when exercising outside simply isn't a reasonable option.</p> <p><em>How do you keep your skin protected from the sun during the warmer months? Tell us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-summery-ways-to-protect-your-skin">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents">4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-ways-to-make-your-clothes-last-longer-without-spending-big">16 Ways to Make Your Clothes Last Longer Without Spending Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-buy-discounted-designer-clothing-online">Where to Buy Discounted Designer Clothing Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-simple-sunburn-remedies-that-really-work">Cheap and Simple Sunburn Remedies That Really Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-beauty-products-youre-using-that-actually-do-nothing">14 Beauty Products You&#039;re Using That Actually Do Nothing</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Style clothes summer sun protection sunblock Thu, 14 Jul 2011 10:36:08 +0000 Andrea Karim 618055 at http://www.wisebread.com Sun Screens Can Really Cost You – By the Ounce or By the Tumor http://www.wisebread.com/sun-screens-can-really-cost-you-by-the-ounce-and-by-the-tumor <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sun-screens-can-really-cost-you-by-the-ounce-and-by-the-tumor" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sunscreens.jpg" alt="Should you throw out your sunscreen?" title="Should you throw out your sunscreen?" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you've been paying extra for sun products containing Vitamin A &mdash; often marketed as preventing your skin from aging &mdash; you might as well save your money. In fact, you may need it for future surgical bills. A <a href="http://www.ewg.org/2010sunscreen/">new report</a> from the Environmental Working Group cites &ldquo;new government data linking a form of vitamin A used in sunscreens to accelerated growth of skin tumors and lesions.</p> <p>Yikes. And that's not all. The report also warns that at least <a href="http://www.ewg.org/2010sunscreen/buyer-beware/">26 &quot;for babies&quot; sunscreens</a> contain a chemical that scientists specifically warned against using on children more than a decade ago.</p> <p>Another yikes: What you're buying with sunscreens that list really high SPFs like 100 is a false sense of security, because they do not perform up to that level. The report also warns that even with lower SPFs, most people never get the amount of protection advertised on the bottle because in order to get that, we'd have to slather it on super thick.</p> <p>(I know. We're frugal. We don't slather. But the experts say that an SPF 30 is not truly SPF 30 if it is spread thin.)</p> <p>This is a good news, bad news report for cheapskates. The good news is, we don't have to feel guilty about not springing for SPF 100 for our kids or feel like we're missing out if we don't invest in the &ldquo;age-defying&rdquo; sunscreen for ourselves.</p> <p>But here comes the bad news: <strong>The sunscreens that received the <a href="http://www.ewg.org/2010sunscreen/best-beach-sport-sunscreens/">EWG's top safety rating</a> all cost more than $4 an ounce</strong>.</p> <p>I'm a cheap mom. As a rule, I will not shell out for high-end children's toiletries, foods, or gadgets unless someone proves to me that there's a compelling need for that upgrade. You're not going to find Mustela diaper cream in my bag, since CVS' facsimile of A&amp;D does just fine at preventing diaper rash.</p> <p>For sunscreen, I use the CVS brand &mdash; which I usually get for free. At the end of every season, they'll put this stuff on clearance, and combined with a coupon I can bring home multiple tubes for free. And, before you interrupt me, it's a myth that you have to buy sunscreen fresh each season. As long as it's not expired or more than three years old, it should be effective, <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sunscreen-expire/AN01968">according to MayoClinic.com</a>.</p> <p>The EWG report's site has a handy &mdash; but disheartening &mdash; feature that allows you to <a href="http://www.ewg.org/2010sunscreen/finding-the-best-sunscreens/">look up your sunscreen</a> in a database of 1,381 products, and find out its rating. A score of 0-2 means the product is recommended, 3-6 means &ldquo;caution,&rdquo; and 7-10 means &ldquo;avoid.&rdquo;</p> <p>Here's how mine rates:</p> <p><strong>CVS Fast Cover Continuous Lotion Spray Suncscreen, SPF 50</strong></p> <p><strong>Score: 7 (Avoid)</strong> because it contains oxybenzone, &ldquo;a potential hormone disrupter (that) penetrates the skin in relatively large amounts&rdquo; &mdash; that's the chemical a scientist warned against putting on children's skin back in 1997. This product also lost points because it's a spray, which is more likely to be inhaled.</p> <p><strong>CVS Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30</strong></p> <p><strong>Score: 7</strong>, because it contains oxybenzone and vitamin A.</p> <p>(Note: I didn't buy any of the &ldquo;baby&rdquo; or &ldquo;kid&rdquo; sunscreens because I am generally skeptical of products so labeled, but those CVS products are also rated 7 for the same reasons.)</p> <p>So what does the EWG recommend? Only mineral sunscreens like titanium dioxide, which are not only pretty expensive but generally thick and pasty. Instead of using chemical blockers, these products physically block the sunlight from hitting your skin.</p> <p>Here are the Amazon.com prices on some of the sunscreens that got the green light:</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003II53Z8?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003II53Z8">Badger SPF 30 Unscented Sunscreen</a><img width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border: medium none ! important; margin: 0px ! important;" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=myfufufa-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B003II53Z8" /> $16.99 for 3.5 oz. (<strong>$4.85/oz.</strong>)</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GZNGLE?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000GZNGLE">California Baby SPF 30 + Sunscreen Lotion - Super Sensitive, 2.9 oz</a><img width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border: medium none ! important; margin: 0px ! important;" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=myfufufa-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B000GZNGLE" /> $21 for 3.2 oz. (<strong>$6.56/oz.</strong>)</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G95W60?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002G95W60">Loving Naturals Organic SPF 30 Sunscreen Zinc Oxide 2 oz UVA/UVB</a><img width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border: medium none ! important; margin: 0px ! important;" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=myfufufa-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B002G95W60" /> $12.51 for 2 oz. (on sale!) (<strong>$6.25/oz.</strong>)</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002LM59LK?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002LM59LK">Sunscreen, SPF 30, 2.6 oz ( Multi-Pack)</a><img width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border: medium none ! important; margin: 0px ! important;" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=myfufufa-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B002LM59LK" /> $35.78 for two 2.6 oz. tubes (<strong>$6.88/oz.</strong>)</p> <p>Now, keep in mind that doctors recommend that an adult use one ounce of sunscreen for every few hours of sun exposure. Even assuming I use 1/3 ounce on each of my three kids twice a day, that means I could be spending more than $10 protecting them from the sun every single day.</p> <p>This makes the EWG's recommendation that you just cover your skin with clothing sound a lot more attractive. But I just don't know. I saw two kids at the public pool today wearing &ldquo;bathing suits&rdquo; that went from their necks to their wrists and ankles, with matching floppy hats that they kept on while in the water. I have to say they looked bubble wrapped. Would you rather wear a bathing suit of Victorian proportions, and put your kids in them, than risk cancer with sunscreen you can afford?</p> <p>I guess I will spring for the titanium dioxide stuff, and try to keep those sunhats on the kids this summer. But with three little wigglers to cover every time we go out, I am <em>really</em> going to miss the convenience of the spray-on stuff.</p> <p>P.S. Trader Joe's sell sunscreen with zinc oxide that did not list oxybenzone or vitamin A. At only $5.99 for a hefty 6 oz tube ($1 per adult application if used as recommended), I thought it would be at worst a stopgap measure until I could find the best price on a fancy sunblock, and at best a bargain solution.</p> <p>Well, more of a stopgap, it turns out. The EWG rates Trader Joe's Face &amp; Body Sunscreen at 4, in the caution range. Apparently it does contain vitamin A, which goes by the chemical name retinyl palmitate and is listed under &ldquo;inactive ingredients.&rdquo; It also contains several other chemicals considered to pose &ldquo;moderate&rdquo; health risks.</p> <p><em>Note: This post contains affiliate links to Amazon.com.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sun-screens-can-really-cost-you-by-the-ounce-and-by-the-tumor">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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