We’re past the days of laying out in the sun unprotected. Have fun, stay safe, and cover up!

Living Libations Everybody Loves Sunshine with Zinc Nadine created this product as really pure option for those sunny days of play. A natural sunshade product made with un-coated zinc oxide to reflect the sun’s rays, rather than absorb them. I love this entire line, love the packaging (in glass!) and trust the ingredients. When it comes to integrity, Living Libations earns a place at the top of the list (along with everything else in this list!).

Green Beaver Mineral Sunscreen for Kids This hypoallergenic sunscreen is a chemical-free sun protection solution for children. It’s light and gentle on the skin with vegan, gluten-free and organic certified ingredients. I’ve used this for my kids, and for myself…I love that it’s made by a Canadian family-owned company, and is less-whitening than the other protection. I don’t find that it works to protects skin for as long as some others, however, this is also a good reminder of how strong the sun is, and makes me wonder what is in other formulas that would stay on so long! The rashguard and hat still beats any sunscreen or makes playing in the great outdoors safer!

Awaken My Senses Red Raspberry Oil Studies have shown that red raspberry seed oil offers excellent UV-A and UV-B protection, with an SPF rating of 25 to 50. Great everyday protection and nourishing for your skin. This is not an alternative to sunscreen as you know it!

Seven Minerals Aloe Vera Spray Did you know that the skin absorbs Aloe Vera four times faster than water? This spray makes an excellent daily moisturizer for your entire body but it can soften and revitalize chapped, sun-exposed, moisture-deprived skin. Bonus: it’s cooling and not sticky!

Patagonia 100% Cotton Hat A good hat protects you from the harmful rays, and looks good! This form fitting cap is made ethically from 100% organic cotton (keeping pesticides out of the water we drink). Go organic! Wide brimmed hats are also great, and Mountain Equipment co-op and REI have great, eco options with more sun protection.

Tilley Kids Hats Stay protected from the sun on forest hikes, at the sports fields, and on camping trips with this classic hat made in Canada from organic cotton and certified UPF 50+.

 Loch Effects Sunglasses Loch recovers ancient, old-growth wood that once lay sunken at the bottom of the Great Lakes and transforms the 500+ year-old timbers into an exclusive collection of eyewear. Perfect for prescription lenses, too! Children’s line available this summer. locheffects.com

Kooshoo Journey Shawl This beautiful shawl is the ultimate cover up. It’s ethically and lovingly produced in the USA, from 100% Tencel (from sustainably farmed Eucalyptus trees), and is hand dyed in a 100% solar powered facility. Great for a beach cover up, for travel and can be worn so many ways.

Lole Rashguard Protect at the beach or by the pool with this four-way stretch Swim Tech, a chlorine-resistant blend of nylon and elastane with a UPF 50+ factor. Rashguards are available for kids and adults of all ages and sizes. Be sure to dry them in the shade and keep them out of the heat (dryer included) when not wearing them to have them last as long as possible. I think rashguards are one of the best investments in safe sun practices and are worth every penny, especially when you compare the costs to sunscreen.