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Outdoor Product Recommendations

MADE SAFE® Certified Products:

Annmarie Gianni Skin Care for Sun Love sunscreen
bug repellent balm
MamaEarth for mineral-based sunscreen and insect repellent
True Botanicals for mineral-based sunscreen

  • Common active ingredients in conventional insect repellent like DEET, cyfluthrin, and pyrethroids can harm our health and the environment. Knowing your area and if you are at risk for a mosquito-borne or tick-borne illness can help you make the right bug repellent choice for you and your family.
  • Some plants have pharmacological and biological properties that make plant extracts effective insect repellent:
    • citronella
    • clove oil
    • geraniol
    • lemongrass
    • lemon eucalyptus
    • linalool
    • neem
    • thyme
    • chrysanthemum oil
  • Avoid mixing chemical sunscreen and bug sprays: The sunscreen chemical oxybenzone has been shown to enhance the absorption rate of DEET.
  • Learn more in our report Bug Repellent: What’s In It?
  • Avoid sunscreens made with oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are linked to hormone disruption, organ system toxicity, and cancer. Also, avoid the chemical homosalate, which is linked to hormone disruption.
  • Use clothing and hats to cover up so that sunscreen isn’t always necessary.
  • For young children’s sensitive skin, avoid the strongest sun hours between 10am – 2pm.
  • Look for sunscreens with non-nano zinc oxide or non-nano titanium dioxide, which are both UV resistant. These are the active ingredients in sunscreens used as common substitutes to the chemicals of known concern listed above.

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