Healthy Sun ExposureMost people know that we need to get out in the sun in order for our bodies to make adequate levels of vitamin d, but too much of a good thing can become a bad thing when sunburns are the result. So how do you balance getting the vitamin d your child needs from the sun and preventing getting burnt at the same time? You limit your sun exposure and you protect your skin.
The Problem With Chemical SunscreensPreventing sunburns can be achieved in a variety of ways, but for most children, chemical sunscreens are the go-to product. The problem with chemical sunscreens, though, is two-fold. First, they are filled with chemicals that are toxic to your child's body; and secondly, they can block UV rays so much that they prevent your child's body from making the vitamin d s/he needs to stay healthy. So what's a natural-minded parent to do?
Mineral-Based SunscreensOne of the ways you can make sure your child isn't getting too much sun is to protect their skin using a mineral-based sunscreen. Mineral-based sunscreens often contain zinc oxide or titanium oxide which sits on the surface of the skin and acts as a reflector to UV rays. This helps to limit the amount of rays that enter your child's skin, thus preventing them from being burned. Now, like most things that are natural, mineral-based sunscreens are not as effective at preventing burns as chemical sunscreens; however, they are safer and there are ways to use them to help them be more effective. First, choose a sunscreen that contains ingredients that have a natural SPF (Sun Protection Factor) to them. Next, make sure the sunscreen uses non-nano zinc so the particles sit on top of the skin and aren't absorbed into the skin. Next, reapply the sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
DIY Sunblocker CreamNow, you may like having the option of purchasing your own mineral-based sunscreen, but if you're having a hard time finding one that is within your budget or up to your standards when it comes to the ingredients used, you'll love the easy recipe I have for you today. Not only is this a super easy way to make a sunblocker cream as it only contains 2 ingredients, but it contains herbs that are good for the skin as well. Here are the ingredients for your own DIY Sunblocker Cream:
- 1 ounce WishGarden Burn & Repair Salve
- .2 ounces non-nano zinc oxide
- Cacao powder (optional)
- In a double boiler, melt Burn & Repair Salve slowly over low heat until it liquifies.
- Once liquid, remove from heat and add in zinc oxide powder. Feel free to add in a small amount of cacao powder as well to help cut down on how white the cream will be when finished.
- Wisk powders into liquids until no clumps remain.
- Pour back into container and let it cool and set.
- Apply to areas prone to burning every 2 hours.
So there you have it! You can enjoy summer while keeping your child healthy and protecting his/her skin, and it doesn't have to be a ton of effort. Summer is supposed to be relaxing, right? Author Megan Visser is a registered nurse, an herbalist, a mom. She is deeply committed to raising children naturally. Visit her blog, Growing Up Herbal to inspire and teach you how to take charge of your children's health naturally. You can do it. You don't have to have any letters behind your name.
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