How to Choose a Safe Full Spectrum Sunscreen

Last Updated on June 24, 2019 by Ellen Christian

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Do you know if your current sunscreen is a safe full spectrum sunscreen? Do you know why it should be? The weather is getting warmer again, and our local beach has opened for the season. Watching the waves against the sand and listening to the gulls is one of the most peaceful ways I know of to spend a lazy summer afternoon. I grab a water bottle with infused water, a book, my camera and my sunscreen, and I’m all set for the day. I wander around on the beach and walk through the waves. I dig my toes in the sand. I walk out on the boat dock and close my eyes and daydream. This post has been sponsored and contains affiliate links.

How to choose a safe full spectrum sunscreen

How to Choose a Safe Full Spectrum Sunscreen

Because I’m fair skinned, I never go outside without wearing sunscreen. Whether I’m gardening, doing yard work or relaxing at the beach, I always make sure to use sunscreen first. One thing I have learned is that not all sunscreen is created equally. There are two different types of UV light that can harm your skin: UVA and UVB. A full spectrum sunscreen will protect you from both types of light. The UVA light can prematurely age your skin, and the UVB light is the one that most frequently damages the outer layer of your skin causing redness and burning. It’s also the one that plays a key role in the development of skin cancer.

Because I’m concerned with the ingredients I put in and on my body, I want to use a safe full spectrum sunscreen. There are all sorts of scary ingredients you can find in many sunscreens. I look for natural ingredients like Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, which are natural minerals that cover the surface of your skin to block UVA and UVB rays. I feel much better using sunscreens with these ingredients rather than chemical sunscreens.

How to choose a safe full spectrum sunscreen

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen are dermatologist recommended. They uses a Titanium Dioxide & Zinc Oxide formula (SPF 30+)  to keep you safe from both UVA and UVB rays. There are a number of different formulations including Regular, Sport (water resistant), Face, Sensitive, and Baby. You can even get the regular, sport, and baby formulas by the gallon for those who spend a lot of time outside. For others, you can purchase it by the tube or by the bottle. Blue Lizard is manufactured in the USA using the highest quality ingredients.

One of the features of the Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen that I appreciate is the color changing bottle. The patented BPA-free Smart Bottle™ changes colors in the presence of harmful UV rays, reminding you to cover up. The 5oz bottles change color, and the lids on the 3oz tubes do as well.

I love the Sensitive Skin formula because it contains no parabens and no fragrance, and the kids use the Sport version because they are in and out of the water so often. It lasts up to 80 minutes.

How to choose a safe full spectrum sunscreen

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57 thoughts on “How to Choose a Safe Full Spectrum Sunscreen”

  1. Crown Laboratories manufacture Blue Lizard sunscreens in Johnson City, Tenn., and are a pharmaceutical company that makes prescription-grade dermatology solutions, with very high standards, and they use very high quality ingredients.
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  2. Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen, Regular and Sport formulations are highly water resistant and meet the 80 minute U.S. standard. Blue Lizard® Sport stayed on for 240 minutes in whirlpool water, in an independent test. That’s four hours of coverage in hot moving water. 
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  3. Blue Lizard® has broad-spectrum coverage from burning UVB rays and harmful UVA rays; the rays that cause the most dangerous sun damage associated with aging and skin cancer.
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  4. Blue Lizard® is the brand pediatricians and dermatologists recommend the most; because they are safe and effective, even for sensitive skin.
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  5. Blue Lizard Sunscreens are ranked as top sunscreens by the Environmental Working Group, that help protect consumer welfare.and interests.
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  6. I learned that all Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen products provide broad spectrum coverage for both UVA and UVB protection.
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  7. I learned that their patented BPA-free Smart Bottle™ changes colors in the presence of harmful UV rays to remind you to apply 
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  8. I learned that "Blue Lizard Face is a gel formulation that contains antioxidant ingredients: green tea, caffeine and vitamin E. This formula is paraben-free and fragrance-free" Thank You for the chance
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  9. I learned that the  patented BPA-free Smart Bottle™ changes colors in the presence of harmful UV rays. Very cool!
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  10. I found this on their FAQ page and I love it!  What a great way to remind me to reapply sunscreen!   WHY DOES THE BLUE LIZARD® BOTTLE (3 OZ. CAP) CHANGE COLOR? Crown Laboratories has incorporated a dye in the plastic that is sensitive to UV. This is to serve as an indicator of the presence of UV rays and a reminder to wear sunscreen. That is is just neat to me!
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  11. I learned that Using only the highest quality ingredients, Blue Lizard delivers proven, broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection in a SPF 30+ formulation. 
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  12. I learned that they offer free shipping for orders over $35 (and also have a coupon code for an additional 15% off!)
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  13. I learned that all Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen products provide broad spectrum coverage for both UVA and UVB protection.
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  14. I learned that Blue Lizard is made in Australia and Australia has the highest standards on sunscreen in the world. I like that Blue Lizard has "patented BPA-free Smart Bottle™ (which) changes colors in the presence of harmful UV rays, reminding you to cover up."
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  15. broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection in a SPF 30+ formulation that  bottle changes color when UV RAY is present.
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  16. Commented on non-giveaway post as Janet W. https://confessionsofanover-workedmom.com/healthy-popsicle-recipe/#comment-530537
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  17. I learned that between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have skin cancer at least once. Wow!
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  18. I learned that "Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen was born in Australia, where standards for sunscreens are the highest in the world." Very good to know as I had skin cancer once so the quality of my sunscreen is highly important to me!
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  19. I learned that their "patented BPA-free Smart Bottle™ changes colors in the presence of harmful UV rays".
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  20. Its always on sale, 100% guaranteed and free shipping. Is reccommended by most pediatricians, dermatologists, pharmacists, and moms.  
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  21. I learned that  Blue Lizard is the brand most recommended by pediatricians, dermatologists, pharmacists, and moms.
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  22. I learned that Blue Lizard® Baby and Sensitive contain only mineral/physical active ingredients Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide and that it is also paraben-free and fragrance-free.
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  23. I love that the Smart Bottle™ changes colors in the presence of harmful UV rays, reminding you to cover up. 
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  24. I learned that Australia has the highest standards in the world for sunscreen and those are still being met although Blue Lizard is produced in the USA
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  25. I have tried Lizard Lips lip balm products out of Arizona, but not Blue Lizard products from Australia. I learned you can also fund raise with these products and they are available ranging in size from 3 ounces to a gallon. That's a lot of sunscreen!
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  26. I learned that its BPA-free. I need to wear more sunscreen (I have very fair skin as well, and skin cancer runs in my family) so I'd like to try this brand. Thanks for the chance to win.
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