COVER UP: Best bets for safe and effective sunscreen for moms and kids

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Summer =  fun in the sun. By Amy Tara Koch.
While tis the season of outdoor diversion, terror lurks in the form of skin cancer. With over 2 million people diagnosed annually, sun protection is imperative. Celebrity Mom’s like Marcia Cross, Jlo, Tori Spelling and many others have been seen smothering on the SPF. But, what many don’t know is that not all sunscreens are created equally.
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A product with broad spectrum protection and without harmful chemicals is essential.   WHY? In contrast to many common sunscreens that only protect from UVB waves, “broad spectrum” blocks dangerous UVA waves as well.  The other component to safe and effective sun protection is scrutinizing the ingredients and avoiding preservatives like parabens and phthalates which can be absorbed through the skin to accumulate into the bloodstream.
Of course there are many incredible designer sunscreens, but you don’t need to spend the big bucks for an effective product.  Brands like Nature’s Gate, Alba Bontanica and Kiss My Face are inexpensive and just as effective as designer brands.
CONFUSED? Don’t be.  Here’s your crash course in sunscreenology and my best bets.

 

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Amy Tara Koch

Amy Tara Koch is a style expert, author, journalist and all around fashion aficionado. She has appeared on ACCESS HOLLYWOOD, FOX & FRIENDS and the CBS EARLY SHOW and contributes to American Baby, People, The New York Times, The New York Observer, Departures, Travel & Leisure, American Way, Self, NPR and Huffington Post.

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