Plus, three nontoxic sunblock picks for you to try now.
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Here comes the sun: enjoy the warmer weather with our summer tips! 

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Here Comes the Sun: Summer Tips for Social Distancing Times

The Summer Solstice (and the longest day of the year!) is already behind us, which means it's time to capitalize on all the amazingness that this warmer season has to offer—even if it looks a little different than we imagined. Whether you're staying (very) close to home or enjoying the outdoors, our tips will help you enjoy summer and ensure fun in the sun.

  1. Try making homemade organic popsicles. These refreshing recipes pack the nutrients of fruit into a sweet treat—and they double as a fun activity if you're wondering what to do with out-of-school kiddos. We're drooling over the Minty Watermelon flavor!
  2. Try a new outdoor activity. The spread of COVID is reduced when you're outside (there's more space and fresh air), so adding outdoor activities to your schedule is a no brainer. Take up biking. Find an open space where you can sit in the grass. Try planting a small garden.
  3. Go to the beach. Yep, there's no evidence that COVID is spread through water, so a little time near the surf is likely to be safe. It's the sandy areas (or locker rooms or public bathrooms) that pose a risk, so maintain a safe distance from others, even when you're outside. And bring your Cleaner Than Clean spray with you to keep things extra safe.
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Q: When I'm choosing a sunscreen or sunblock, what should I be looking for?

A: Active ingredients in many conventional sunblocks aren't doing us much good: They've been shown in laboratory studies to potentially mimic hormones, and are linked to skin allergies. Most traditional sunscreens include a combination of two to six of these active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. These, especially oxybenzone, are the ones to avoid, according to the Environmental Working Group.

These ingredients have also been shown to be harmful to coral reef and other marine life—which is why some of them have been banned in certain states.

The “inactive ingredients” list is just as important to note. In here can be hiding some of the big no-nos, like parabens, silicones, synthetic fragrances, petroleum, retinyl palmitate, triethanolamine, benzyl alcohol, PEGs and phenoxyethanol. Selecting a sunscreen that contains natural and clean ingredients (botanicals, oils, butters and essential oils) can give you more peace of mind that what you’re slathering on your body all summer isn’t harmful to your health. 

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