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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Block those rays - product review

As the heat of summer rises most moms are thinking about protecting their babies and young children from the sun. I know that's what I was thinking about as I noticed that my children, who have been insisting on spending more and more time outside, were already getting darker and it's still Spring.

That's why when I got the chance, as a BzzAgent, to review Neutrogena® Pure & Free™ Baby Sunblock SPF 60+ I jumped at the chance. My youngest daughter is almost two years old and she's the lightest of the bunch. Not only did I need to protect her skin, but it's necessary to protect all of my children (and myself!) from the harmful rays of the sun.


Some people may assume that darker skin tones don't need to be protected, but that isn't true and it especially isn't true of babies. Research shows that a baby's skin is 10 times more sensitive to the environment. And that's where the Neutrogena® sunblock comes in.

It's touted as being the only sunblock that protects with Purescreen™, which is a blend of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Both are naturally-sourced sunblocks without irritating chemicals. Purescreen™ forms a physical barrier over delicate skin and reflects and scatters UVA and UVB rays before they touch the skin.

Now that's effective sun protection.

My experience
I have tried the Neutrogena® Pure & Free™ sunblock lotion on my three youngest children who are 5, 4 and a week shy of 2. One of the best things about it is it's fragrance free. So I can apply it to their skin before school - just in case they go outside to play - and not worry about annoying everyone with the smell that typically comes with sunblock. It also rubs into the skin really easily and a little goes a long way. However, I've noticed that it leaves a slight white look especially on my middle daughter who's a darker brown than the rest of the children. If I use just a small amount then I don't notice the white look as much, but when I'm rushing I'm not always paying attention to how much I squirt into my hand.


Overall, I am really impressed with a sunblock that I can use on a daily basis and not have to worry about my sensitive-skinned children breaking out or smelling like sunblock. It retails at about $9.99 to $11.99 and you can find it in the baby care section or sunscreen aisle of your favorite store.

I'm going to continue protecting my children from the sun so I don't have to worry about the time they spend frolicking outdoors. Don't forget to do the same.

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