I am no amateur sun screener. I coat my kids twice at home then reapply constantly at the beach. I never use aerosols and always make sure whatever cream I use is a “block” with a good percentage of titanium. I have good reason. Ross has already had a big chunk of his lip cut out with a diagnosis of squamous carcinoma.
In recent years I’ve gone away from basic drugstore brands and use whatever won’t let the kids end up with sunburns. We use a popular, very good brand of block that comes in a stick but my kids tend to rub it off quickly and it stains everything (staining a $100 bikini is not a good thing). A friend made me a jar of homemade salve, but it just doesn’t stay on longer than 30 minutes with even light water play. California Baby has been my favorite for a couple years because of its staying power and all natural ingredients, until now.
I’m currently loving: Shade. I have to admit, I wasn’t a complete believer in it until we tested it in the harsh Australian sun. Once it’s on, it stays on. It’s lasted through rubbing, swimming, surfing, and I don’t find the need to reapply. At all. (In fact, it won’t come off unless we use olive oil to rub it off, so the girls have really well moisturized skin right now.) It comes in beige and white. Once on, the beige doesn’t rub off onto our clothing, but Ross and I feel like the white works better for us.
I know there was a lot of research put into using ingredients safe enough for our bodies and for the ocean. It is gentle enough for babies yet effective for active kids.
You can buy it online at https://www.shadesunscreen.com . You can order a sample for $1.75, but if you are near me, just ask me for some. It will be a staple in my purse or car at all times. It’s $28 for a bottle that will last you a long time (which is really cheap considering you are SAVING YOUR CHILD FROM SKIN CANCER).
If you try it and don’t like it I will buy it from you. (You know how I like to stock up on things I really like.) It’s that good.
Disclosure: I received this bottle of sunscreen as a gift from the owner of the company for personal use, NOT for compensation or review. It was completely my idea to write this post because I really do love this sunscreen.