Sunburn Safety Tips-The United States Environmental Protection Agency
The United States Environmental Protection Agency recommends parents with children protect their children with sunburn safety tips, and these sunburn safety tips are especially important for children and young adults. The Academy of Pediatrics recommends these sunburn safety tips for infants six months and younger, so parents with infants especially needs to be careful with the following sunburn safety tips.
Sunburn Safety Tips for infants
Parents should be extra careful to avoid sun exposure for their children six months and younger, these infants are especially vulnerable to sunburn with their extra sensitive skin. Parents should be extra careful how they dress their infants when they will be outdoors, our children are especially vulnerable to sunburn with their sensitive skin.
- Lightweight long pants
- lightweight long sleeve shirts
- Hats with a brim
- Apply sunscreen SPF 15 +
Apply sunscreens to your infants exposed body parts are extremely important, you should apply sunscreens to your infants face, back of their hands and any exposed areas.
Skin Cancer Prevention
Sunburns increase your skin cancer risks especially in infants and young children, everyone should avoid tanning beds since they expose your body to UV radiation which can cause skin cancer. Sunscreens are recommended by physician’s to protect your skin from the suns rays, but how should you apply sunscreen for the best protection.
Sunburn Safety Tips-Sunscreens
The majority of people don’t use sunscreens or use them improperly, you need to apply about one ounce of sunscreen to cover all your exposed skin. You should apply the sunscreen at least fifteen minutes before you plan on going out in the sun, and choose sunscreens with an SPF of at least thirty is recommended. Reapply sunscreen at least every few hours to be safe, you can even get sunburn on cloudy days and should be using sunscreen. Many people make the mistake of not using sunscreen after swimming, this is the easiest way to get sunburned during the summer.
Many people are not aware the suns rays are the strongest between the times of ten in the morning and four in the afternoon, you will experience sunburn from the water, snow and sand quicker because these reflect the rays of the sun onto you. It is recommended people check the UV index before going outdoors daily, you can find the UV index from the National Weather Service every day. Physician’s now are recommending you are safer to receive your vitamin D through your diet instead of from the sun, but what concerns me even more than sunburn and cancer is the safety of using sunscreens on our skin regularly.
Sunscreens-Sunburn Safety Tips
There has been studies from the Environmental Working Group which show over sixty percent of the sunscreens don’t work, and it is not just that they don’t protect you from sunburn which concerns me. The majority of the sunscreens in the United States contain harmful chemicals, I often wonder if these chemicals could contribute more to skin cancer than from sunburns. Over half of the sunscreens would not be allowed on the market in European countries, so are we causing ourselves more skin cancer risks using sunscreens worries me.
Sunburn Safety Tips-Best Sunscreens For Children
Many parents might be concerned about using sunscreens on their children and themselves, I really am concerned since skin cancer is the most common cancer today. There are only a handful of sunscreens I would consider using for my own children, but I really feel more at ease using a natural home-made sunscreen from essential oils than these.
- Adorable Baby Sunscreen SPF 30+
- All Good Kids Sunscreen SPF 30
- Badger Kids Sunscreen Cream SPF 30
Sunscreen Dangerous Ingredients
- Retinyl Palmitate
Retinyl Palmitate is thought to possibly contribute to skin cancer, this ingredient in many sunscreens could be a triggering ingredient for skin cancer. Methylisothiazolinone has been found to cause allergy reactions in some people, so I recommend you avoid any sunscreens with these ingredients to be safe.
Natural Sunscreen Recipe-Sunburn Safety Tips
My last and most important sunburn safety tips is to avoid store-bought sunscreens, I recommend instead you use this natural sunscreen recipe you know is safe. This natural sunscreen recipe will give you approximately ten servings, and this sunscreen recipe only requires thirty minutes of your time to prepare.
Sunscreen Recipe Ingredients
- 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 1 tbsp Pomegranate Oil
- 3/4 cup Coconut Oil
- 2 tbsp Zinc Oxide
- 2 tbsp Shea Butter
- 1 Glass Jar
Sunscreen Recipe Directions
- Combine all ingredients except for the Zinc Oxide in your jar
- Place a saucepan with two inches of water on your stove medium to low heat
- Place jar in saucepan
- Stir contents until ingredients are melted together
- Once all ingredients are melted and mixed together well add the Zinc Oxide
- Stir Well
- Store in cool place
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What Is On My Mind Today?
I am really concerned with families using these sunscreens loaded with chemicals which could be contributing to skin cancer, you really would be safer to use my natural sunscreen recipe. This is very easy to make in your own home, and it only requires about thirty minutes of your time. We really must cut back on the usage of so many chemicals, even though the Drug and Food Administration knows these chemicals are unhealthy for you they still allow them on the market.