Product Review: Badger All Natural Sunblock

May 29, 2008 | 2 Comments

Badger Baby SunblockIsn’t it so amazing? A baby’s skin is so soft and flawless.

Sometimes I have a little freak-out moment when I see our faces side-by-side in the mirror. Wow, my skin just isn’t as new as it use to be! I can live with that though, as long as I can enjoy the soft, smooth milky-white skin of my baby girls for years to come.

So, in an effort to keep her skin safe and beautiful I use [tag] chemical-free sunblock [/tag] on her every time we go outside to play. The sun is out in full force here in Southern California. Not only that, but the radiation from the sun is in full spectrum too.

As a parent, these are the days that we can help our children reduce their strength of exposure and time exposed. Two major factors in future skin damage! Imagine over the long haul, if you use a safe sun block consistently, how much you will be helping your baby’s future skin health.

Safe, Chemical-Free Sunblock for Baby

There are plenty of ingredients in sunblocks that are very toxic. Did you know this? What you are using on your baby right now to protect her may be doing more harm than good! Unbelievable, we know. But this is scary stuff. Remember, these ingredients are NOT regulated by the FDA, and it is our responsibility as parents to know what we are rubbing into their bodies.

We believe it is every parent’s wish to keep our baby’s safe. So, please know what exactly is in your [tag] baby’s sunblock [/tag]. Read our full article, “Your Baby’s Sun Block May Be Giving You A False Sense of Security

Why We Like [tag] Badger All Natural Sunblock [/tag]

Here is a list of reasons why we use Badger All Natural Sunblock:

  1. It provides [tag] Full UV Protection [/tag] with a 30 SPF
  2. Chemical-free
  3. Rubs on nicely
  4. Has a good consistency, it is not too thick
  5. Leaves skin feeling good

We have tried plenty sunblocks in the pursuit of finding the perfect one for our babies. Either they are too thick and leave you feeling like you are wrapped in saran wrap, they leave you super white, or they are ridden with chemicals. Badger All Natural Sun Block for Face and Body is just perfect for our 2 year olds.

You can order the sunblock directly at http://www.badgerbalm.com for $ 16.00 (2.9 oz. tube)

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Category: Product Reviews, Skin Care, Sun Protection

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  • Nancy Turk

    Wow… here it is, a nanoparticle product for you to review. Please research nanoparticles very seriously, and please do not rely on company source materials. Why not just allow babies to be white at the beach and use large particle zinc? It’s a crazy bad choice, and please pursue the issue.

  • samantha

    SAFBABY HAS ASKED BADGER FOR MORE INPUT ON THEIR NANOPARTICLES, SINCE WE HAD BELIEVED THEIR PARTICLE SIZE WAS SAFE DUE TO OUR RESEARCH.

    WE GREATLY APPRECIATE OUR READER’S COMMENTS AND TRY TO CONTINUE OUR RESEARCH IN SEARCH OF THE HIGHEST TRUTH.

    NANCY ALSO COMMENTED ON ANOTHER POST WITH THIS COMMENT “California Baby uses nanoparticles in their baby care. Please consider retracting your support for their line. Many of us who are involved in the organics industry are actively petitioning to include nanoparticles on the list of ingredients that may not be used in any USDA NOP certified organic product (along with the restrictions against the use of GMOs, irradiation and sludge.) Nanoparticles were originally developed for use as transdermal pharmacological delivery systems for situations in which oral or injectable treatments were ineffective or laden with side-effects. The cosmetics industry has hijacked the methodology of producing nanoparticles and these ingredients are now widely, and increasingly, used in skin care. It is impossible to find physical sun block that is nano-free (companies use nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that is nanoparticle size, do avoid the whitening that accompanies large particle mineral block.) And, most baby bottom balms use nanoparticle zinc. The size of the minerals used in baby and sun care is usually 7-15 nanos wide, well within the under 20 range that allows the particles to cross the blood-brain barrier. Again, please do your own research, and please take this issue very seriously. Thank you for your good work.
    Nancy”
    SO WE ASKED BADGER TO ADDRESS ALL OF HER CONCERNS FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL OF US.
    HERE YA GO…..
    Hi Samantha,

    Ok. Back at my desk!

    First of all, your writer is trying to protect babies. I’m in total accord with them and I welcome their concern. And I agree with your writer – that if you can find a “large particle zinc” sunscreen for your baby, that would be a better option.

    I believe that your writer does have some miss-information regarding nano-particles, especially as they are generally used in sun screens. My short comment would be, if you are going to use any sunscreen in the world on your baby, with the exception of a large particle zinc product (if you can find one) I’d suggest that you use Badger SPF because it is one of the safest and most effective options you can find. Before I’d use any sunscreen on a baby, I’d use other measures…such as keeping them in the shade and giving them a big protective hat and protective clothing. More on that later.

    · I also would not rely upon a company’s source materials. Take whatever I have to say with a ‘grain of salt’. Badger’s Web Site addresses in depth the concerns about nano-particle zinc used in sunscreens and we reference the source of our findings. I’d ask your commenter to visit our web site to check our references and to see if they feel we are a competent source of information on the subject.

    · I would also suggest that you and your readers not rely upon the comments of someone writing in to you without checking the source of their technical information.

    · Badger and many of the zinc-based sunscreen product manufacturers that I am aware of use zinc oxide in the 80-120nm average particle size range. Your writer commented, “The size of the minerals used in baby and sun care is usually 7-15 nanos wide, well within the under 20 range that allows the particles to cross the blood-brain barrier.” I don’t think this is correct in regards to sunscreens. In all fairness, could they provide us with the source of this information? It is not correct in Badger’s case. If it is a correct statement for other SPF products, I would also be quite concerned.

    · However, I do know that many cosmetic manufacturers are using nano-particles in the 7-15 nm size and I agree with your writer, that these do pose an unstudied, potential health risk to be avoided.

    Zinc oxide in “large size” particles, has a 300 year history of safe use. Nano-sized particle zinc does not have a centuries-long history of safe use. However, its use in sunscreens (again, we are talking about 100nm average particle size) has been studied extensively and it has been found to be both safe and effective.

    · “Why not just allow babies to be white at the beach and use large particle zinc?” I like this idea! I’ll answer in this way – if you can find a large particle zinc product to use on your baby (I don’t know where you might find these…), I agree and would use that rather than use a “nano-particle zinc” product – assuming that the large particle zinc product does not contain any chemicals or other harmful ingredients.

    · I would always choose a nano-particle sunscreen over a chemical-based product. The chemical sun screening “active ingredients” are sure to be absorbed. Many of these ingredients are known or suspected to be toxic and their “broad spectrum” effectiveness is in question. No chemicals on the baby!

    · Personally, I would not recommend using any products of any kind on a baby- other than products that use whole, appropriate, preferably organic, naturally processed food-grade ingredients. Badger’s Baby Balm and Baby Oil fit this description. Organic extra virgin olive oil meets this description.

    I consider using sunscreen, for both babies and adults, a “lesser of evils”. In my opinion, your best option is to seasonally acclimatize yourself and your baby to the sun carefully and gradually. Wear protective clothing and a big hat! Avoid being out and unprotected for too long. Of course, “too long” is a judgment and experience call.

    Why not keep baby in the shade or give them a big sun hat and protective clothing when conditions merit it? Under what conditions should you or your baby need a sun screen? I used to take my daughters swimming, and we always limited their exposure to extreme sun (extreme meaning – sun and time enough to turn the skin slightly red). On rare occasions, such as a visit to the beach, we used a natural sunscreen (this was in the days before Badger SPF!) to avoid burning, when that seemed a necessary option. I know dermatologists often recommend avoiding any sun exposure without using an SPF product. I don’t agree with this approach. For me, a walk in the sun in new Hampshire in the spring is healthful. I wouldn’t take a long walk in the sun in Texas in the summer without wearing protective clothing.

    I’ve added a little “techy” stuff from our WEB site.

    Reviews of the scientific and regulatory literature provide compelling evidence that nano sized particles of zinc oxide remain on the skin’s surface and do not penetrate the skin.(1)(3) Furthermore, there are no studies showing that nano sized particles of zinc oxide can penetrate human skin. The FDA has declared the use of nanoparticles safe in cosmetics and sunscreens and they are “not aware of any safety concerns regarding the material.”(4) In 2006, the German and Australian governments both acknowledged scientific studies showing that micronized zinc oxide does not penetrate the outer layer of skin and they regard it safe to use in topical sunscreens.(5) (6) Many conscientious media organizations such as The Environmental Working Group and National Geographic’s “The Green Guide” are very skeptical of nanoparticles yet they acknowledge their safety and efficacy in mineral based sunscreens and recommend them over chemical based sunscreens.(1) (7) In fact, the Environmental Working Group lists Badger’s SPF 30 sunscreen in the top 1% of all sunscreens for safety and efficacy.

    References are provide on our web site.

    Be Well,

    Badger Bill

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