Sunday, June 12, 2011
So since Summer is almost here officially its time to re-vamp our summer gear and accessories. Prior to this year i didn't know that sunscreens could be "bad" or "unhealthy"... So now that's I've done substantial research i feel the choice sunscreen for the kids that i bought is a good one.
We went with the Coppertone KIDS Pure and Simple 50 SPF
Octinoxate 7.5%, octisalate 5%, zinc oxide 14.5%. purpose: sunscreen.
Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Zinc Oxide 14.5%. Purpose: Sunscreen. Inactive Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol, C12-15 Alklyl Benzoate, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Peg/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, PEG-12 Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Chloride.
Now of course there are some lesser quality ingredients and some out right ones to avoid listed in the sunscreen but according to EWG and many other sites i found this one is one of the safest ones on the market and i have only been able to find one completely safe one but strangely enough i cant find it anywhere !!!
I went to every local store and couldn't find any sunscreen that was rated higher on the shelves... I wasn't up for ordering one bottle from the Internet either for the simple fact that shipping would be equivalent.
I must say that we have used this multiple times already since the weather has finally become nice for us in this COLD state. This was bought for both of my kiddies Diva R and little bro Z who have both completely different skin textures/needs. I have educated myself on sunscreens the spf's and all the jazz that goes along with it and feel that this is the best sunscreen we have ever had!! The texture is amazing and easily spreads unlike most SS, it is white in color and not real thick but its not watery either. It has your normal sunscreen scent but its much lighter than normal and will stay in place as long as you need it too as well! This SS stays real well and it hasn't burned either kids eyes or stained any clothes as of yet (crossing fingers) and this is a big deal for us because generally we have to throw out clothes and deal with eyes stinging...
I have used this on my face as well and i personally don't like it for me at all though it does the job i can tell its for kiddies and that my skin needs a different type of protection... BUT it is for KIDS so its fine that it doesn't work well for me :) The price tag was kind of an EEEEK moment, but SS and bug sprays are never cheap no matter what you go with... I had a coupon for $2.00 off so instead of it being $9.39 it was $7.39 plus tax :) Overall i am satisfied with this SS and will continue to use it unless something better pops up.
Directions for UseShake well before use. Adults And children 6 months Of age and older. Apply evenly and liberally to all exposed areas before sun exposure.Ensure complete coverage. Reapply as needed or after towel drying, swimming, perspiring, or vigorous activity. Children under 6 months of age: ask a doctor.
On to our new Swim Care regime!!!
Also prior to this year the thought of putting her hair into a swim cap wasn't present, nor was any "special" types of care before swimming. Even my cousins who are biracial didn't do anything special with their hair so i just treated Diva R's the same... Since i became a big hair guru i now approach that thought differently and with much more caution. I have been on any forums, social networking sites and just having regular conversation with people and have come to the conclusion that i wanted to buy a swim ca for the Diva.
While at Walmart i seen this Swim Cap!!! by Ocean Pacific.
I was thrilled because they had pink, it is not your traditional hair-puller like a good majority of caps are and it is made for an adult size head! This is a must when it comes to Diva R because she has a big melon *_* So i was taking a risk by buying it because i couldn't feel it nor check it out due to its packaging before i bought it. But i figured what the hay because it was only around $2.00. This was the only kind i have seen in stores yet.
So I bought it and when i got home i opened it to check it out and upon first feel i was amazed!!! Back in the day all swim caps were rubber and it would pull the hair out of your head quick! But this is like a softened rubber material that will not slip off the hair even with its softness. It is nice and stretchy and is a one size fits most cap which i was worried about since the Diva has a bigger size head. BUT to our surprise it fits perfectly and is NOT damaging to her hair. I was expecting to pay atleast 15.00 so this was a steal!!
During my search i seen a swim cap that costs over 400.00! YES IM SERIOUS click here to check it out INSANITY...
I am very pleased with the swim cap we got, just cant wait to get major use ou
We have also a straw hat theory we are trying out for this summer also... Ive seen alot of people on these straw hat kicks for the summer so i was set out on a search for Diva R a summer hat. This i knew would be a challenge because of her lovely melon :) So we went from store to store trying them on and NOTHING worked UNTIL we got to Family Dollar... That is where we found this one!!
It really looks like a cowgirl hat which isn't exactly what we were looking for but after i tried it on it was a must because the little Diva just LOVED it and it was really cute on her. Better than a regular straw hat and it has some cute little rhinestone's and a pink matching bow tie.
Another great aspect about this is that it was $3.00!! Whoo WHO! The rim bends also so i can keep it it its shaep or flip it depending on the suns mood. This is a great quality hat and we LOVE Family Dollar too, this was the last one and it must have been a match made so we snatched it up. This will come in handy on those super hot days where the sun is in full effect. We love being outside and going on adventures. Diva R loves this hat and so do i because it can be worn with our without a style in and it allows for great. She thinks this is a play hat which helps the matter out more because Diva R use to absolutely refuse to wear anything on her head when she was a baby and through her toddler years as well. YAY for dress up!
As far as hair care for the summer i am simply going to start with just spritzing distilled water on her hair generously under her swim cap before she swims and see how that holds up and if the cap holds up well too. I will detail the outcome after I've experimented with it enough.
I keep hearing about some Summer Shampoo's and such has anyone tried any of these? If so which kinds and do you think they work?
Diva R's Mommy-Kim