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I've lived my entire life playing outside in the sunshine. I've hiked my way to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park underneath the cold sunshine. I've wakeboarded upon many of our country's lakes while the sunshine basked my skin in its glow. I've even snowboarded all over the Sierra's while the sun blasted my face with its harsh mountaintop rays. I am an outdoors addict, to say the least, and this summer I have so many more sun-filled plans for my whole family, including a backpacking/camping trip and as many Texas trails that we can hike! With all our outdoor plans, it's really important to me that my family is sun-safe during everything that we do; which is why I was really excited to finally find a natural and safe sunscreen that meets all of my strict criteria AND works!
The completely natural and organic sunscreen that we are talking about today is made by the good folks over at Goddess Garden Organics (You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter). This post is sponsored by Green Sisterhood & I was generously given sunscreen to review, but my opinions are my own! I will only share with you products that I myself love and use personally!
Are you sun safe when you play outside?
Did you know that sun exposure is cumulative? That means that you can spend 1 hour outside, take a break for an hour inside and go back outside for another hour and continue to accumulate your dose of the sun's rays. Without adequate protection, this can lead to skin damaging sunburns! Though we love to get our daily dose of Vitamin D in the Hippy household, we also like to be sun-safe about protecting our skin for long-term exposure too. I am always careful to properly apply our sunscreen when we are spending time around water or snow since UV exposure doubles around these two. It's also important to remember when hiking, that elevation can affect the intensity of the sun's rays as well!
What's in your sunscreen?
It can be hard to navigate your way through the sunscreen isle at your local grocery store when the majority of sunscreens on the market contain ingredients, both toxic to the environment and ourselves. Besides avoiding toxic phthalates and parabens, I also actively avoid toxic sunscreen chemicals that can disrupt hormones. These hormone disruptors are one of the causes for my own Endometriosis and Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, and I avoid all beauty products that might contain these ingredients:
- Oxybenzone – This endocrine disrupting chemical is the worst of them all, not only does it mimic and alter reproductive hormones, it's also been linked to endometriosis. It's been linked to early puberty in girls, low sperm count and male infertility, and an increase in hormone-related cancers in both men and women. This chemical isn't just dangerous to humans, it's also been known to bleach coral reefs too.
- Octinoxate – This is a common chemical sunscreen that is found in many brands that claim to be natural. It has shown to bleach coral reefs and is also a known hormone disruptor.
- Homosalate – A known hormone disruptor and also known to bleach coral reefs.
Goddess Garden has powerful mineral protection without all the toxic ingredients
I decided to go with Goddess Garden sunscreen for my family after I learned more about the way that mineral sunscreens work vs. the toxic chemical sunscreens. As opposed to chemical sunscreens which work by sinking into your skin and therefore your bloodstream, Mineral sunscreens DO NOT ABSORB INTO YOUR SKIN and act as a mirror reflecting UV rays with zinc and titanium. Zinc oxide, by itself, protects against both UVA & UVB rays. When combined with titanium dioxide, sunflower, and radish extract, Goddess Garden has created a synergistic blend of plants and minerals to effectively give your skin broad spectrum protection. For impatient people like myself, minerals are a far better choice because they are immediately effective, reflecting the sun's harmful rays, while chemical sunscreens take 15-20 minutes to sink into your skin before they work. Minerals are also a better option for the environment because they are biodegradable and reef safe, keeping our ecosystems out of harms way too!
Goddess Garden sunscreen is the ONLY natural sunscreen I trust
While I love to make most of my own beauty products myself, sometimes it's really nice not to have to worry about making every single item in my bathroom cabinets. Sunscreen is one of those items I like to purchase when I don't have a lot of time to make it myself, but until I had found Goddess Garden, I hadn't found a sunscreen that met my strict criteria. Goddess Garden sunscreen is the only natural sunscreen that I trust because it's:
- certified organic and free from chemical sunscreens
- made with a synergistic combination of naturally occurring zinc and titanium, provide safes, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection without irritating sensitive skin
- biodegradable, reef safe, vegan, gluten free, and non-GMO
- made with recyclable packaging
- The only natural mineral sunscreen in a convenient continuous spray
- non-nano, using the guidelines set forth by the EU and Australia
Natural protection during the hottest parts of our Texas trails
Here in the Hippy household, we have begun thinking about our summer plans and one of the biggest ones for us in both the spring and summer, is hiking the trails here in the back country of Texas. Before going out on the trails (or off the trail…we don't always like to follow the given path when we go hiking!), it's my job to make sure that all three of us are sufficiently protected with our sun hats and our Goddess Garden sunscreen. Goddess Garden sunscreen sprays on and rubs into the skin so easily, and has done a fantastic job of protecting each of our different skin types in our household. Syfy and I have darker skin than the Hippy Hubby, and all three of us were sun safe during all of our trail excursions so far this year! We are planning a 2-week backpacking trip for the three of us in the beginning of July and Goddess Garden sunscreen is at the top of my “to pack” list in each of our backpacks! I also love to keep one in my purse, for when we travel to the park, the zoo, or any of our other favorite outdoor locales underneath the sun!
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