How to tell which sunscreen is safe for kids

*Thank you Toyota for partnering up with us on this post* 
We are so sad that there is only one more week of Ethan’s summer break left and I’m surprised that we were able to get a lot accomplished in the short amount of time we have had him home. If it were up to me, I would have him home with me for another month or so. haha. The one thing I do regret is not spending enough time outdoors, but I guess with a baby and the hot sun, I suppose I have a good enough excuse? 

Last week we were able to test drive a Toyota Highlander, and it was the best thing ever. It was fun to make believe that we owned a nice car for a week. That car had a TV in it which sat well with the kids, and the drive was so smooth. It was almost hard going back to our regular Mini van. haha. Before we had to hand over the keys we thought it would be fun to step outside and give the car a wash. It’s a chore on its own trying to get the kids ready to head outside. With putting on their swim suits, to making sure they’re wearing enough sunscreen. 
I think it’s safe to say that I’m a sunscreen junkie type of mom. I put it on my kids everytime we go outside. It’s scary what such a beautiful thing (the sun) can do to your child.  Reading about the type of skin cancers you can get from the UVA and UVB rays from simply being outside is like a horror story waiting to happen. And I’m sure any mom, like myself, wants to protect their child from everything harmful. So, yeah. Sunscreen is the most important product that I carry everywhere we go. Most pediatricians recommend sunscreens with SPF 30-50. There are so many articles that are circling the internet about what Sunscreens are dangerous for your child to use, and the only thing I can think of is “Wow, I wish I had this knowledge sooner.” So, how do you find sunscreens that are SAFE for your kids? 
1.  Avoid spray lotions- Although they are very convenient, they don’t give you a full layer of coating, and most times children inhale the sunscreen which can be dangerous as well. 
2. try avoiding sunscreens that have Retinyl palmitate (vitamin A) and avoid products using oxybenzone.
3. Try to avoid going over  SPF 30-50. 
4.  Only buy 100% mineral based sunscreen. 
There are hundreds of articles that you can read online about which sunscreens aren’t safe for your child, but how often do you find an article showing you where to buy a good and safe sunscreen for your family? Based on all the information I have come across, I was happy to find out that all this time I have had the right type of sunscreen in my medicine cabinet. The Mustela SPF 50+ Broad Spectrum Mineral Sunscreen Stick is so convenient, not only is it safe but It is small enough that you can store in any area of your handbag/diaper bag, or even your pocket of your jeans. How often do you come across a product like that? 
Mustela’s SPF 50+ Broad Spectrum Mineral Sunscreen Stick provides broad spectrum SPF 50+ protection for the face and body of babies and children.100% Mineral based active ingredients. This sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB rays with a Sun Protection Factor of 50+ to provide optimal protection, with recommended reapplication after two hours. Broad spectrum SPF 50+ mineral sunscreen stick
You can keep your kids safe and purchase this Sunscreen Stick, here.
*Huge thanks to Toyota for letting us test drive your 2017 Highlander for a week.*

August 7, 2017