August 6, 2008

new favorite sunscreen

I have been researching and trying sunscreens for more than a year in my quest to find the safest, easy-to-use and economical solution for our family. I have tried many and learned a lot along the way. And with all this great knowledge, I have to say that there was no one product that wowed me. As I would slime my kids with a thick, white, greasy paste I would console myself with the knowledge that the product was rated well.

But honestly, I often found the the thick white sheen of many "good" sunscreens to be unappealing in both how it looked and felt that I was avoiding using them. Some products were so greasy they were embarrassing to apply. Others were so expensive I couldn't fathom a small tube to spread over our bodies.

Just as I was succumbing to our pasty white veil, still wondering if those nanoparticles of minerals would be next year's no-no, I found true satisfaction.

My husband had been using Kinesys performance (sport) sunscreen and loving it. It took me some time to research it, and now that it has been reviewed by Skin Deep and rated a 2, I am loving it, too. It does have some chemicals, but I can live with the level-2 rating and I'll tell you why: it sprays on clear and clean. No thick, greasy paste. No whiteness. It is alcohol and oil free. It is sweat proof and waterproof and easy to apply. Just a light coat is all you need to protect yourself from both UVA and UVB rays.

Many sports enthusiasts have been touting this sunscreen for some time. I am so glad to add it to our family's arsenal without reservation. They also have a kids version and sell their products in both regular and pocket sized bottles. In addition, Kinesys products are carbon neutral, their packaging is made of 100% recyclable materials and are 100% cruelty free. Two thumbs up from mom go green!!


Behan said...

Just as I was getting ready to buy a gallon (seriously) of Blue Lizard...aaahhhh, decisions!!!

Gray Eyed Scorpio said...

Thanks for this info!

Jill said...

Thank you for this info. I probably will stick to Badger for my kids, but I will get this for my husband and me. He HATES the Badger stuff, but one of our kids is autistic, so a 2 is not low enough for him. The spray looks easy and clean. Thanks again.

Mindful Momma said...

thanks for the tip! I just did a search to see where you can find this and apparently they carry it at REI!

Anonymous said...

I just recently bought Jason Natural Sunbrella Family SPF36, SkinDeep has an older formulation listed, I put in the new one and it rates 0 (perfect).

Not only is the lotion a dream to apply but it's actually affordable. You can get (2) 4 ounce bottles online for under $15, or about $10 per bottle in your favorite local store.

I haven't tried the KineSys, but am VERY happy with this Jason Natural sunscreen.

Give it a try.

Anonymous said...

Hello mom go green,
Thank you, I'm so pleased to hear you get it! We took a great deal of time and care in producing our products.
I'm only sorry I didn't see this sooner, it was just sent to me today.
I am happy to send a travel size product to any of the other parents who commented on your site, so they can try it.
I would also like to send you a package if you forward me your address.
All the best,
Jeff Kletter
Co-founder KINeSYS