Wednesday, May 5, 2010
April showers bring May flowers and they also coax the sunshine out of its winter hibernation. I love warm weather but my son and I both have fair skin and have to be extra careful when outdoors to prevent burns and sun damage. Since we are quite active in the spring and summer with fishing, camping, swimming, walking/jogging, biking, etc., we need something that can protect us even when when we're at our most active. So, when I was contacted recently to review sunscreen, the timing couldn't have been better!
KINeSYS EarthKind Performance Sunscreens provide photo-stable, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection while topical antioxidant Vitamin E scavenges cancer-causing free radicals. Their unique microspray technology makes for easy application and the gentle, quick-dry formula is no-mess and both water and sweat-resistant. Available in scented and fragrance-free versions, all KINeSYS products are hypoallergenic, non-comodogenic, oil-free, alcohol-free, PABA-free, preservative-free, vegan and cruelty-free (no animal testing). No parabens, nanoparticles, nuts, gluten, dairy, egg, soy, sulphites or colourants are added to their products. The bottles are also 100% recyclable! KINeSYS sunscreens have received numerous awards and recognition from prestigious parenting networks such as iParenting Media, Mom's Best and PTPA.
KINeSYS generously sent me a 1 oz. travel bottle of their SPF 30 Sunscreen Spray and a full-size 4 oz. bottle of their KIDS SPF 30 Spray to review.
Have you ever tried to wrangle a toddler away from the pool to reapply sunscreen? We've all been there. The creamy goop is so messy and it takes forever to rub in and absorb. Kids just don't have the patience to sit still for all that when there's fun to be had! Not to mention it is difficult for even the most precise parents to apply in sunburn-prone crevices or sensitive areas.
KINeSYS solves these problems with its spray design. Unlike other sunscreen sprays on the market, you don't have to rub this one in! You just spray the mist in a downward motion and let dry for 2-3 minutes. It's that easy! And if you prefer, you can spray the colorless liquid into your hand to cover little faces and ears. Check out their demo video for instructions on application.
This product is simply fantastic! I love that proper sun care no longer prompts a war between my son and I. He doesn't run away. Rather, he is intrigued by the colorful spray bottle. No stinging. No crying. No funky beach smell. No oozing. Just a few short bursts of spray and we're ready to play! Nate played outside with friends in our backyard for over 2 hours on an mid-80 degree day and had absolutely no redness when we came back inside. Which was amazing since he had been running around rampant, drenched in sweat:
I was so happy with Nate's results that I decided to put my other sample to the test. The compact spray bottle was perfect to throw in my purse. This particular version had a refreshing light mango scent - much better than the typical chemical sunscreens. Again, it was so easy to apply. I could probably put it on my whole body myself. No more fetching the hubby to "get my back"! I must admit I got a little trigger happy and accidentally sprayed it in my husband's eye. Oopsie! He said it didn't hurt at all - though that could be his tough, masculine bravado coming out. Nonetheless, we were very pleased with the results. No burns! I love that it dries fast, doesn't leave an oily residue behind and it doesn't clog my pores. It also makes me feel good to use a "green" sunscreen on my family.
The only aspect that may turn people off to KINeSYS initially is the price. A 1 oz. bottle goes for $6.99 and a 4 oz. bottle retails for $18.99 - which may sound outrageous for sunscreen. However, considering it will last over 170 or 700 sprays, respectively, you will definitely get your money's worth.
Bottom line: If you're looking for a simpler way to protect your family from the elements, KINeSYS is the way to go. The fun packaging makes you want to use it year-round, which is a good thing! Plus, the vast selection of products makes it easy to find something that will work for just about anyone - even the most demanding of athletes.
BUY IT: You can purchase KINeSYS products online at www.kinesysstore.com. You'll also want to check out their green tea and vanilla-scented sunscreen for girls and their skin care line!
WIN IT: One lucky reader is going to win a 4 oz. bottle of KINeSYS 15 SPF Performance Moisturizer and a 1 oz. travel bottle of KIDS SPF 30 Sunscreen Spray - a $26 value!
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Giveaway will end on May 20, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. Open to U.S. only. Winner will be chosen via Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to congratulatory email or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.
Disclaimer: As noted above, I received two bottles of sunscreen from Christina at KINeSYS, Inc. to facilitate my candid review. I was in no other way compensated for this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. Your experience may differ.