This is a sponsored conversation about organic sunscreen, written by me, on behalf of Bare Belly Organics. I received products to facilitate this review, but as always, all opinions expressed are my own.
I’m obsessed with sunscreen, which is why you’ll often find me blogging about different kinds and religiously lathering my kids. Today, I’m super excited to share with you a new brand, to me, that I am really, really excited about… Bare Belly Organics!
In case you are pretty new around here and you don’t know all of my back story, it’s appropriate for me to share that…
I’m a Melanoma Survivor.
In fact – tomorrow will mark 5 years from getting the call that totally changed my life. I still get sick to my stomach hearing the nurse tell me on the phone [yes, it was a horrific way to learn] that my biopsy came back with a melanoma diagnosis. I had a mole on my lower leg that had been changing for a year or so and just felt that something wasn’t right. Luckily, my surgeon was able to remove all the cancerous cells and I have been cancer-free for almost 5 years now – say it with me, WAHOO!
After the diagnosis, I swore to myself that I would never be embarassed of my pale white skin and I would embrace sunscreen like never before… and I have. Not only for myself, but for my girls. I would never want to put them in harm’s way and sending them in the sun without sunscreen is not going to happen!
In fact, the girls just know it’s part of life and are usually pretty willing to be lathered down. Now, I get asked a lot about what type of sunscreen that I use. It really varies as to what I find in the stores. I go with a high SPF, although once you get past about 30, they’re pretty much all the same. I have a wonderful friend who works in Dermatology who told me that 2 of the most important ingredients in a sunscreen are Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. Those are the ingredients that actually block the rays from penetrating your skin. So, no matter what brand I choose – I always look for one of those ingredients.
So, yes, I always try to use the most natural ingredients possible BUT, as a Melanoma Survivor, sun protection is of the utmost importance to me – so when I find a brand like Bare Belly Organics that has both, well, I’m almost giddy! Yes, that might be an odd statement about sunscreen, but let me tell you – they don’t come around often!
Even more impressive – this sunscreen is made right here in the United States – Georgia to be exact. Read more about the ladies behind Bare Belly Organics here.
In fact, Bare Belly Organics uses a Non-Nano Uncoated Zinc Oxide in their Sunscreen Cream. I admit, I didn’t know the difference, so I went to find out about it on their website. “Nanoparticles are particles of matter that are small enough to enter the bloodstream through the skin (bad). NON-Nanoparticles, therefore, are those that will NOT enter your bloodstream (good). This is why we use non-nano zinc oxide as the active ingredient in all of our sunscreens.” This is why you’ll see that most sunscreens, with zinc oxide, include Bare Belly Organics almost sit on top of the skin… that’s what they’re supposed to do!
Sure, you can rub them in more than I did above, but I just wanted to show you how thickly the Bare Belly Organics Cream covers. Also – did you know…
You should use a Shot Glass size amount for EVERY sunscreen application. And re-apply often [not just once].
I’m guilty of only using a small amount of sunscreen until I read that. Plus, I’m REALLY good at re-applying now and the Sunscreen Body Stick is perfect for that purpose!
The organic sunscreen is available in a stick form for those times that you just don’t want your hands all in sunscreen. I find that this stick is perfect to travel with – especially when we’re at an amusement park for the day!
Please, please, please – if you never take anything away from my posts, please take away some knowledge about the effects of sun exposure on yourself and your little ones. I’ve made it to 5 years, which means my survival rate is up to 97% so I totally kicked cancer’s booty, but Melanoma can be a deadly diagnosis. Cover yourself up with an organic sunscreen!
You can connect with Bare Belly Organics and learn more about their organic mineral sunscreen on their website. I love the products and the price point is perfect for an organic mineral sunscreen that really protects. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, and my favorite… instagram!