How to Wear Mineral Sunscreen Under Makeup (Video)


Do you eschew sunscreen because you’re worried about it affecting your makeup? Are you wearing chemical blockers because you’re scared you’ll turn white as a ghost? STOP! This quick video tutorial breaks it all down, and features some of my favorite mineral sunscreen brands: ThinkSport (featured in my Father’s Day Gift Guide), Babo Botanicals and Goddess Garden Organics. [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved Babo Botanicals Allergy Safe Sunscreens

allergy safe sunscreen on white backgroundI never really thought much about food allergies. My children don’t have them, so my only real shift was to sunflower seed from peanut butter when packing lunches, so as not to cause problems for the kids that do. But I feel so badly for those families who struggle to make everyday foods and products safe for themselves and their kids. For them, life is a constant assessment of potential dangers, adding an additional level of stress to the daily decisions of parenting. So when I discovered that Babo Botanicals truly natural, allergy safe sunscreens are free of nut oils, soy and dairy, I had to share. Ultra sheer and lightweight, yet packing a serious SPF punch, these allergy safe sunscreens are great for everybody. But for families with allergies, they’re a godsend. [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Goddess Garden Organics Reef-Safe Sunscreen

product photo of reef safe sunscreens next to before and after photo of damaged coral reefFor several years I’ve celebrated May Skin Cancer Awareness month by pointing out the ineffectiveness of hormone disrupting toxic sunscreen chemicals like oxybenzone (also known as Parsol 1789) and benzophenone-2 (or BP-2), while encouraging everyone to up on sunscreens with non-nano physical blockers like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that block UVA/UVB rays.

So that’s the story on sunscreens and you. But did you ever think about what toxic chemical sunscreens can do to the ocean? I didn’t either, until I connected with Goddess Garden Organics, which has been formulating reef-safe sunscreens for more than a decade. They gave me the deets on how to preserve our oceans—and the go-ahead to hook up SIX Mommy Greenest readers with a sunscreen splurge! [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Goddess Garden Organic Sunscreen

organic sunscreen bottles against a white backgroundIt’s Skin Cancer Awareness month. Can we talk about organic sunscreen? If you’re still using chemicals because you hate the chalky white residue natural sunscreens leave behind, I’ve got the perfect solution for you: A new non-toxic, non-aerosol spray from Goddess Garden Organics sunscreens that’s essential for beach days, plus face-and-body blockers with a light consistency that leave none of the telltale white behind. Want to try? I scored you 25% off, plus a chance to win some for free! [Read more…]

3 Tips to Ditch Dangerous Sunscreen

brunette girl sitting in beach chair applies sunscreen from a bottleIt’s sunscreen season—there are aisles devoted to it in drugstores and stacks at supermarket checkout stands.

A new study published in Pediatrics shows that melanoma rates have increased among children and teens at two percent a year from 1973 to 2009—the American Cancer Society predicts that the condition will affect nearly 80,000 people in 2013.

Yes you know that UVA fights aging and UVB combats burning. But do you know what’s safe—and what works? You could get a degree in toxicology and try to decipher the ingredient list on the back of the bottle, or you could take the lazy mom’s way out. [Read more…]

3 Steps to Natural Beauty

red-haired model in drugstore aisle looking at a labelGot a minute? Take a look at your bathroom shelves. If you’re like most women, you’re using about 12 different beauty products each day.

Now flip to the ingredients panel of your favorite product—a lotion, perhaps, or sunscreen—and settle in for a good read. Do the ingredients number a dozen or more? Probably. Can you pronounce them? Probably not.

Yet those 12 beauty products deliver an average 168 potentially toxic ingredients to your body each and every day.  [Read more…]

Shortcut to Natural Beauty: 7 Ingredients to Avoid

woman putting on red lipstickI love natural beauty, but it’s not like I’m some crazy Birkenstock wearing woman with stinky underarms.

I wear lipstick as much as the next girl—I just like to know mine’s lead-free. Think I’m kidding? Studies have shown that two-thirds of lipsticks contain lead, which is a neurotoxin. And that we women eat about nine pounds of the stuff over our lifetimes.

All gag reflex aside, it’s super important to know what’s in our health and beauty products, because they’re designed to be put on our skin. And as we all know from high school health class, as much as 60% of what goes onto your skin goes into your body. [Read more…]