Thursday, 10 July 2014

Sunscreen for Kids - Get the Facts for you and your little monsters


Safe and smart sun exposure is essential for optimal health for you and your little monsters! Did you know that every cell in your body has a Vit D receptor- that's how important Vit D is! However incorrect exposure to the sun, can raise the risk of skin cancer while not providing any health benefits at all. Contrary to historic health advice don't avoid the midday sun! In fact, to optimise Vit D synthesis you only want sun exposure on clear days while the sun is ABOVE 48 degree elevation in the sky. Outside these times, or under a haze, the UVB wavelength responsible for Vit D synthesis doesn't make it through the atmosphere to reach you and your little monsters.


Facts About Sunscreen
If you and your little monsters are in the sun for an extended period use a quality sunscreen free of toxic ingredients. YES, most sunscreens have toxins like aluminium, parabens, alcohol (ethyl alcohol, ethanol), lanolin, phthalates, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals and colourants. These are not good for you and when you apply them to your skin, you're basically eating them! Here's a great article; The Trouble With Sunscreen Chemicals to give you more information about toxins in Sunscreen!
You need to remember that while sunscreen does extend the time you can stay in the sun without burning, it also drastically cuts down your Vit D synthesis. Meaning when you have it on your skin you're not soaking in the important Vit D your body needs. Aim for some smart sunscreen FREE sun exposure: 10mins -1hr (while the sun is ABOVE 48 degree elevation in the sky) depending on location and your complexion before applying quality sunscreen free of toxic ingredients.
Green People Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF25, which is one of the purest sunscreens that nature can offer
Top Health Tips:
If you and your little monster are of lighter complexion, limit your initial exposure to a few minutes per day, gradually increasing your exposure as your complexion darkens.
The skin around our eyes and face is typically much thinner and prone to damage/photo aging while not contributing much to Vit D due to the small surface area. Use a good moisturising sunscreen for these areas and a hat to cover your face.
Aim for some smart sunscreen free sun exposure: 10mins -1hr (while the sun is ABOVE 48 degree elevation in the sky) depending on location and your complexion before applying quality sunscreen free of toxic ingredients.
Sunscreen is expensive and doesn't last long if you live in a sunny environment! It's hard to keep little monsters in the shade at the pool or at the beach as well! So to help with the cost, get a long sleeve rash vest for your little monster- Check them out at: Kids UPF50+ Long Sleeve UV Rash Guard (USA) Surfdome Kai Long Sleeve Rash Vest - White (UK) This will help protect a large part of their body from damaging rays and help keep the cost down!
Your primary objective should be to avoid sunburn at all costs! In case you do develop a sun burn, immediately apply raw aloe vera. It’s one of the best natural remedies to help accelerate skin healing. If you don't have a aloe vera plant at home, the next best thing is Sukin Aloe Vera Gel!

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