I make no secret of the fact that I’m in love with Badger Healthy Body Care products. I have a lot of reasons for this, and one of the biggest is that they primarily us organic ingredients and all of the products come in recyclable packaging. I should say almost all, I haven’t tried everything out yet. But in preparation for summer, I’m ready to talk about sunscreen. Badger Sunscreen.
So in preparation for this article, I got to work learning a bit about sunscreen. Before being exposed to natural body care products, I’d grab the highest SPF junk I could find for the lowest price off the shelf, and usually glop the stuff on my skin until I couldn’t stand the smell anymore. And I would normally burn anyways.
So in my research, taking the time to find out everything I could about those all important SPF number. SPF isn’t necessarily a measure of how good the sunscreen is, but rather its ability to block ultraviolet B rays for a length of time. UVB rays are the rays that come through and cause the painful summer sunburns that make you dread having to put on a t-shirt after a day at the beach. Ultraviolet A rays are the ones that are concerned with deeper, more long-term skin damage. Interesting!
So after learning all of that, I also found out that the FDA is cracking down on skincare companies that manufacture sunblock products this year by putting new regulations in place. So now if a company claims UVA or “Broad Spectrum” coverage, the product has to pass a test through the FDA. Additionally, they have changed the labeling requirements to make sure UVA, SPF, and Broad Spectrum claims are crisp and clear on the labels and if a product is water resistant, it must now state how long it is good for.
Now that I’m done yammering about what I learned, I can get back to the products themselves. I got to try Badger’s Unscented Sport and the SPF 16 Sunscreen Lotion in Aloe Vera. One of the more unique qualities of these two sunscreens is that I can actually stand the smell. Instead of the hokey and overpowering “tropics” scents of many of the larger companies, the Badger scents are light, appealing and natural.
Notable for the two products is consistency. The sport is thick, as a waterproof lotion should be to avoid washing away easily. It takes a little extra rubbing to avoid white streaks on your skin. The SPF 16 lotion is light, creamy and easy to apply, and later re-apply.
Looking for a planet-friendly, people-friendly alternative for sun protection?
Badger has you covered. Check out the Sun & Outdoor Care section on Badger’s website.