ThinkSport Sunscreen

Fact/Tip of the Day: In women, melanoma often develops on the lower legs. Source. {This is where my melanoma developed and I have an idea of why… we often put sunscreen on our faces/shoulders/chest/arms, but we so often skip our legs, as they are less likely to burn, it seems.}

When I was contacted by Navine from Natural Pure Essentials to see if I was interested in reviewing the new, ThinkSport Sunscreen, I was a bit surprised.  Surprised in the fact that I was already putting together the Stay Safe in the Sun Event and couldn’t believe the coincidence of it!

Let me start by saying, I usually wear a sunscreen with a 45SPF or higher when I’m going to be in direct sunlight.  So, in reality, this will probably be my husband’s go-to sunscreen from now on.  He hardly ever gets a “sunburn”, but he does wear sunscreen to protect his skin.

Wondering what the SPF numbers mean?

The Sun Protection Factor (SPF) displayed on the sunscreen label ranges from 2 to as high as 50 and refers to the product’s ability to screen or block out the sun’s harmful rays. For example, if you use a sunscreen with an SPF 15, you can be in the sun 15 times longer that you can without sunscreen before burning. Consumers need to be aware that SPF protection does not increase proportionally with an increased SPF number. While an SPF of 2 will absorb 50% of ultraviolet radiation, an SPF of 15 absorbs 93% and an SPF of 34 absorbs 97%.  Source.

Although I normally wear a higher SPF, I have worn this sunscreen a few times and can tell you plenty about it.  It’s marketed as a “Sport” sunscreen and it definitely is.  The cream is very thick and a bit hard to rub in, but this allows the sunscreen to not wash off as easily… which is exactly what you want if you’ll be in water or sweating. It’s main ingredient is Zinc Oxide, which is exactly what you should be looking for in your and your child’s sunscreen.  Navine recently made a blog post about ThinkSport’s inactive ingredients and compared it with other well-known sunscreens.

This sunscreen is safe for babies 6 months and over, as are most sunscreens.  I put sunscreen on Sophia from day 1, when we were outside {ok, so we weren’t outside when she was 1 day old, but you get the point…}, but I did consult her doctor’s opinion first.  I haven’t used ThinkSport on Sophia yet, but it will definitely be traveling with us to the beach in a couple of months to use when we’re in the water.

Do you know how much sunscreen to use?  Here’s an easy way to remember… a shot glass full for one person!

Sunscreens should be reapplied approximately every two hours or after swimming or perspiring heavily. Even so-called “water-resistant” sunscreens may lose their effectiveness after 40 minutes in the water. Sunscreens rub off as well as wash off, so if you’ve towel-dried, reapply sunscreen for continued protection. 

I’m not sure how well the ThinkSport sunscreen stays on after being in the water, but I will definitely use the AAD’s recommendations for re-applying.

ThinkSport Sunscreen

As I said before, the most important thing to look for in a sunscreen {especially for your babe} is Zinc Oxide, which is ThinkSport’s most active ingredient.  The second most important thing about sunscreen is… use it!  Be sure to put it somewhere that you can’t forget to lather up before you go out!

What I Love about ThinkSport Sunscreen:  Zinc Oxide, which helps protect against UVA & UVB rays.  I also love that it doesn’t have a strong smell like some sunscreens you find.  You can find a ton of other facts about the sunscreen listed below the product on Natural Pure Essentials website, here.

Buy It:  You can buy a 3 oz tube of ThinkSport {ThinkBaby is the same product} for $12.95 from Natural Pure Essentials.

  1. Had a look at the Natural Pure Essentials link and found the sunscreen there as Thinkbaby, plus an explanation that said Thinkbaby and Thinksport formulas are actually identical. They commented that "from the age of 5, children begin pushing back on products that say "baby" on them".
    I have always been very scathing of products that say they are for children, but are actually exactly the same formula. Actually, what's the most important thing for me is whether or not the ingredients are non-toxic and child safe. In this case, Thinkbaby looks like a really healthy sunscreen and so would be absolutely fine for the child to move onto the adult version.
  2. I am SOOO glad you're doing this series. I've been paranoid about taking Sofia out because I have no idea what to do for her skin, my little red-head! We were not raised with proper skin care despite our fair, Irish skin and family hx of melanoma. Your story is inspiring, frightening (in a good sort of way, and so courageous. I'm going to ask the MD to do a once over next week when I'm there.

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