Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Protecting fair maiden

Yes, we had a fabulous time at the beach with our fair mermaid princess (photos here). She awoke each morning ready to go to the beach. She squealed with delight as the ocean waves hit her body and legs. She looked with awe at her elaborate sand castle, by far the largest and most impressive on the beach. Our princess was not lacking for attention - with the queen mother and "king father" (Grandma & Granddad) and Lord & Lady (Aunt & Uncle) in tow, she played the day away in the sunshine.

You can't be a fair maiden without being, well, fair. Despite many summer days spent outdoors, Amelia's young skin remains sensitive. We protected our fair princess' skin with products from All Terrain.

All Terrain strives to sell quality "Natural Remedies for Outdoor Enthusiasts." On this beach vacation, we tried three great All Terrain products:

(1) KidSport SPF 30 spray sunscreen. It is especially made for kids - very waterproof and non-stinging for those baby blue eyes. And the pump spray was convenient and easy. With a young child on the go, spray is a necessity! As expected, the KidSport sunscreen kept the sunburn away. It protected our princess and stayed on her skin through much seaside splashing.
I'm not kidding that this sunscreen is super waterproof - check out my science experiment:

KidSport sunscreen in a glass of water

Even stirring with a spoon, water can't penetrate the sunscreen

(2) We also tested the DEET-free Herbal Armor Spray. It's not always easy to find a DEET-free bug repellent, but it's worth the search. DEET is not something I want to use on my little girl. The Herbal Armor spray certainly kept the bugs at bay. I am coming home with several insect-bite souvenirs on my legs because I didn't use it faithfully each night. But the mermaid princess is itch-free! Because the spray is made with natural oils, it has a very strong scent. You can smell the citronella for sure... but have you smelled DEET repellents? Natural is better than chemical. Not only for odor, but for skin safety.

(3) Finally, my favorite All Terrain product! The Aloe Gel Skin Relief is fit for a queen! The scent immediately takes you to the spa. The aloe gel contains traditional herbs that smell fantastic and help heal the skin. The aloe is soothing - the perfect pampering for skin that has been in the sun, sea spray, and wind all day.

Give these a try for your little prince or princess. Or for yourself! All Terrain offers first aid supplies, natural hand sanitizers, soaps, eczema creams, and all-purpose kids' peppermint wash.

With no sun worries on her mind, our little royalty could keep on digging!


Note: I received product samples from All Terrain in order to conduct this review. All opinions are purely mine. All Terrain had no input in the writing of this review.


Amber Page Writes said...Best Blogger Tips

I'll have to remember this...next year. I'm guessing our warm days in the sunshine are done for now. :-(

Avant Garde Parenting said...Best Blogger Tips

Oh I love your experiment- I would never even think to do that! You're so smart! I'm super fair, too :)

BalancingMama (Julie) said...Best Blogger Tips

Thanks ladies! Some of their soaps and creams may be good for winter too. Amelia gets a touch of eczema when the humidity goes and the cold comes in.

judi said...Best Blogger Tips

Hi, Julie: I think you should consider what the Am. Academy of Pediatrics says about DEET-based repellents: you can use DEET-based products on children as young as two MONTHS of age in concentrations up to 30%. The AAP has reviewed ALL research on these repellents both published and unpublished and made this recommendation in 2003 2) In areas where West Nile, LaCrosse encephalitis, or EEE are present, having an effective repellents is essential. Essential oils like you are using have not been evaluated for safety and efficacy and some should not be used on very young children because of the potential for skin irritation. I work for the DEET Education Program, Washington, DC. We suggest that everyone use repellents registered with the EPA--these have the active ingredients DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (for children over 3 years of age) or IR 3535. Reach me at 800-7889-3300 for more information..
Finally, you mention the smell associated with DEET-based repellents--there are range of products from 5-30% that have GREAT fragrances. You should check those out...there on ones that go on "dry" like dry deodorant, spritzes that have wonderful floral scents, and aerosols or wipes. The wipes are handy for use with children. Since you're touting products supplied to you in your blog, you may not be receptive to this information, but if you're a fair person, you will at least agree that safety and effectiveness are exceedingly important and companies who make repellent products with registered ingredients spend millions to assure that you and your family are protected from disease-carrying insects and ticks and that the products are pleasant to use. Your daughter is precious--I have just one daughter also and she's the light of my life. What a great time for the two of you. Best wishes.

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