A little sun block talk
In today’s times we are hit constantly with going green, reducing contact with chemicals, eating clean, using all natural products and everyone has that oily friend with a concoction for everything! I HATE getting a bad sunburn and refuse to let my kids turn in to lobsters if I can avoid it. At the same time we live in a world that moves rapidly and convenience is a high priority.
I am that mom that chases the kids down and slathers on sunblock and never leaves the house during the summer without it. Problem with that is we spend a lot of time outside in the sun. Having a greasy, sticky or pasty child hugging me or sitting in my lap is not my idea of fun either. So what’s the balance? How do you get enough sun to not become Vitamin D deficient (which I am fighting currently) but not have mini lobsters and expose yourself to possible cancer causing ingredients or skin damage from sun exposure?
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5 Easy Tips to stay safe in the sun:
1. Find some shade - UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so it’s best to avoid activities in the direct sun. If this is not possible, seek shade under a tree, an umbrella, or a pop-up tent. We love our popup shade tent (affiliate link). Its perfect for a nap or a snack.
2. Cover up – There are a ton of options that offer protection from the rays. If the temps are cooler a long sleeve shirt can provide coverage as well as pants and caps. There are cute hats for little’s with longer backs for neck protection. Caps or hats with brims can add shade for the face too. No one like roasted ears.
3. Add some style with sunglasses - Look for sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible. I always pick up a few extra when I hit the dollar store to keep in my Essentials Bag. These are the #1 item miss placed, lost or broke by the little’s in my world.
4. Apply Sunscreen – The recommendations are to use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and UVA and UVB protection. There are several on the market that boast an SPF of 50. This is an overkill and way above the needed level. I’m working on finding a new favorite that is ‘safer’, effective and easy to keep on hand. I’ll come back with an update after more research. Word of caution there are many a great debate about ingredient’s, SPF levels, UV blockers and more. I am going to leave those decisions up to you.
5. Medication cocktails - Be aware of what medications are on board. There are some that can increase sun sensitivity. The majority of mediations carry a label on them but everyone reacts differently. For more information check out this quick list of medications/supplements to watch.
Hope these tips help you enjoy your fun in the sun and avoid the bloodshot eyes, tears and tiny glowing lobsters.