One way to keep kiddos safe is to schedule outdoor time in the early morning or late afternoon. If you must be outside during the hours of 10am to 2pm, try to seek out the shade. While this is a great idea in theory, it is a bit of a summer damper. No one wants to sit inside during the best part of the day. This is where sunglasses, sun hats and sunscreen come to the rescue!
Children look adorable in sunglasses. Let them choose their own to ensure they stay on their face. Kids have a strong desire to imitate the ones they love so be sure set an example and wear your sunnies every day. Look for lenses that block 100% of harmful UV rays. Rubber frames are soft and flexible making them comfortable and resistant to destruction.
Lightweight layers will provide a physical barrier against damaging rays. Rashguard swimsuits are so cute and protect the shoulders and back from burns. A sun hat will provide further protection and there is a plethora of styles to choose from including fedora, floppy and bucket.
Sunscreen is essential to keeping the burn at bay. New findings have revealed that the majority of conventional sunscreen is toxic and especially harmful to children. There is also evidence suggesting conventional sunscreen actually blocks the bodies natural ability to produce Vitamin D. Perhaps this is one explanation for why so many people today are Vitamin D deficient. Considering the controversy and all the confusing information, perhaps the best way to protect the Littles is to make your own homemade version. Coconut Oil, Almond Oil and Shea Butter provide an SPF Factor between 4-6, while Red Raspberry Seed and Carrot Seed Oil offer between 25 to 40 SPF. Look for Non Nano Zinc Oxide as this will not enter the bloodstream and offers an SPF Factor of 2-20 depending on how much you use. Experiment a bit before taking this formula out on an all day beach excursion as different skin types may respond differently.
Here is a quick and easy recipe to make your own Homemade Sunscreen
¾ Cup Coconut Oil
2 Tablespoons Shea Butter
20 drops Carrot Seed Oil
10 drops Red Raspberry Seed Oil
2 Tablespoons Non Nano Zinc Oxide
- Combine all ingredients except for Non Nano Zinc Oxide in a jar
- Place 2 inches of water in saucepan over medium low heat.
- Place jar in saucepan and stir contents until melted
- Once ingredients are combined, add Non Nano Zinc Oxide and stir well. Store in a cool place.
- Apply frequently and enjoy the sunshine!