I am SO pleased to be working with Goddess Garden this year during A Blogtastic Extravaganza 2.0! My theme is “Safe Sunning” and it is a theme that is very near and dear to my heart.
My family history is riddled with cancer, skin cancer being the most prevalent. I had an uncle who had malignant melanoma on his head. Had being the operative word. The cancer eventually killed him. Both of my grandfathers have had melanoma, squamous, and basal cells removed. My mom has had cancerous spots removed, and as of this year, my sister and I both had our first skin cancers removed as well. I was 29 when I got my diagnosis and I wasn’t surprised or scared, but it did make me realize that what I do for my kids now will either pass on the legacy of skin cancer to them, or protect them, to the best of my abilities, from it.
The news of my skin cancer came amidst the news that the sun may not be the only thing causing skin cancer, but the toxins and chemicals within the very popular sun screens that we use may also be a huge contributing factor. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) came out with a list of sunscreens that have ingredients in them that are known to speed up the growth of skin tumors and also contain hormone disruptors. These sunscreens are listed in their “2011 Hall of Shame”. If you’re using a popular brand of sunscreen, it is more than likely on this list. In addition, UVA rays are major contributors to skin cancer and many sun screens hardly protect against these rays. So despite your sunscreen saying that it has a 50SPF on it, if it doesn’t protect against UVA rays, your chances of getting skin cancer are increased despite the fact that your skin may not actually burn. The EWG also has a “Best of” section where they list the safest sunscreens to use on your skin, and our friends at Goddess Garden made the cut!
So what makes Goddess Garden so great? Well, here’s an easy chart for you visual people out there:
My favorite feature is that it is effective immediately. When I was growing up, my parents used to put sun screen on us and make us wait a half an hour before we went out to swim. It was sheer agony. Now with Goddess Garden, you can apply and enjoy the sun immediately. It is wonderful.
My other favorite feature is that it WORKS. My nearly-2 year old and I went out to play in our blow up pool this week. We were out for 2.5 hours and neither of us burned. It was fantastic. I did reapply on Madilyn after we were out for 90 minutes but I LOOOVE that with our Goddess Garden Kids Sunscreen, a little bit goes a really, really long way.
If you’d like to get in on this phenomenal, all natural & organic sunscreen, you can buy it for $18.99 here, or you can try to win some during the ABE2 main event! Goddess Garden is very generously giving away a full sized Adult Sunscreen and a full sized Kid’s Sunsceen, both pictured above.
I am really excited to share this product with you so please visit Goddess Garden on Facebook and tell them that Banana Hammocks & Tutus sent you!
For Extra *early* Entries you can do any of the following:
(Fill out the form for each entry please remember these are EXTRA entries only! You MUST come back on Aug 17-21 and enter the mandatory entry)
-Visit Goddess Garden on the web and tell me something you learned about skincare.
-Follow @GoddessGarden On Twitter!
–Like Goddess Garden on Facebook!
– Follow me @SummerLenD on Twitter and tweet (once every 4 hours):
Win Goddess Garden Pure Enlightened Skincare during #ABE2 via @SummerLenD http://wp.me/p1ATQT-gJ Aug 17-21
Disclaimer: I was sent the amazing sunscreen for both adults and kids featured in this review, free of charge. All thoughts expressed are, as always, my very own.
A HUGE THANK YOU from the bottom layer of my dermis, to Goddess Garden for sponsoring ABE2.0!