Nothing beats a day in the sun! Whether its on the beach, a city walk, or a few rays shining in your window. With the right protection, we are able to fully enjoy these happy summer days. By adulthood, we are usually pretty secure in our knowledge on how to protect ourselves from harmful UVA/UVB rays, but our little ones depend on us to investigate and make healthy choices for them.
Our skin is the largest organ in the body, and due to its location and function, it is very vulnerable to external toxins. When we choose to consider skin as the disease fighting organ that it is, we become acutely aware of what we put on or around our skin. It is our first line of defense from birth to old age, and yet it is the most commonly mistreated. Anything that is put on the skin has high potential to be absorbed into the body.
We as human beings are most vulnerable during our time in early development, which is why we are so cautious of what our children are exposed to. It can be overwhelming to try and find the healthiest product when there are SO many on the market.
To make this process a bit easier, watch out for these 4 common chemicals lurking in your sunscreen:
1. Oxybenzone- Is an easily absorbed toxin found in many synthetic sunscreen products. Studies have shown it to cause hormone disruptions, endocrine disruption, cell damage, and can cause organ system toxicity. It is also known to trigger allergic reactions.
2. Retinyl Palmitate- This form of vitamin A is commonly used in eye creams and face lotions for its anti aging properties- but once applied to sun kissed skin, it becomes a toxin. It has been known to increase the development of skin tumors. What is an anti-aging product doing in baby sunscreen in the first place?
3. Super High SPF- Marking sunscreens with a really high SPF is misleading and can make things un-necessarily expensive. A super high SPF doesn’t necessarily mean more protection. A good gauge for SPF would be a minimum of SPF 15 and a maximum of SPF 50. After SPF 50, you aren’t adding any more protection, just adding on the dollars.
4. Lotions instead of sprays and powders- Spray and powders can be harmful for little ones and adults due to the danger of inhalation. You may have to put your hands to work, but you’ll be protecting your child’s developing lungs.
Okay great. So now we know all the scary components to avoid, which sadly enough are in most conventional sunscreens. But we of course don’t want our little ones to get a burn! So, what should we do?
Well, it’s simple. Take the Natural Way!
The benefits of natural sunscreen are extensive! Not only do they protect your skin with the broad spectrum UVA/UVB properties, natural sunscreens also have ingredients that nourish your skin like coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin E which will help protect against drying and itching and also contain skin-happy vitamins and minerals to keep your skin looking and feeling it healthiest. Here at Naturmend we carry some safe and effective products such as Goddess Garden Organics “Sunny Baby,” with SPF 30, which we highly recommend!
So, now that your set to take on the sun, enjoy those rays without fear!