In another month or so, kids will be out of school and it will be summer fun in the sun and as a parent of an active child, sun exposure is definitely a delicate balancing act. Protecting your child from a painful sun burn can help avoid a sleepless night. So what is the best way to protect your kids from a sun burn? While one might think for every outdoor activity just lather on the sunscreen, one of the best strategies is to wear appropriate clothing or strategically meter your sun exposure during peak sun times. Because most sunscreens are loaded with toxic chemicals, daily use can have the same affect we think we are trying to avoid and can actually accelerate skin cancer. With our skin being one of the largest organs of our body anything we put on it absorbs directly into our bloodstream where it not only can increase our risk of cancer but can act as a hormone disruptor as well. While covering up and sitting in the shade can be very effective, it’s not always doable when the kids are hours at the pool or on beach. To avoid a painful burn there are situations where applying sunscreen is appropriate. In this case researching a sunscreen with the safest ingredients is recommended, especially when it comes to a developing child. To get natural sun protection from both UVA and UVB rays, you will want to use a sunscreen product that contains the active ingredients of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. However, by avoiding the sun altogether along with the daily use of sunscreen puts us at risk as well. Our lifestyle and the lack of sun exposure, especially with the increase use of sunscreens, medical experts are seeing a significant rise of vitamin D deficiencies. Because the most effective way of getting vitamin D is through “safe” sunlight exposure, getting a dosage every day is very beneficial and can help prevent rickets, diabetes, heart disease and 16 other different types of cancers.
So be smart, do your research and don’t be afraid of a little sun. It’s good for you!!
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Ref: The Vitamin D CURE by James E. Dowd, M.D. and Diane Stafford