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Sunburn Safety Tips-Are Sunscreens Safe

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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.

sunburn safety tips

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.

Sunscreen Tips

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

  • Oxybenzone
  • Retinyl Palmitate
  • Methylisothiazolinone

sunburn safety tips

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

Sunscreen Recipe Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except for the Zinc Oxide in your jar
  2. Place a saucepan with two inches of water on your stove medium to low heat
  3. Place jar in saucepan
  4. Stir contents until ingredients are melted together
  5. Once all ingredients are melted and mixed together well add the Zinc Oxide
  6. Stir Well
  7. 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.









  • Cathy says:

    I can say that I certainly enjoyed reading this article!

    For years, I have always worried about using sunscreen products because of the dangerous chemicals in them. I would definitely go with a natural product from a reputable company.

    The Sunscreen recipe that you have provided for us in this article is so wonderful, thank you!! I will definitely make it for myself and the family. What I especially like is that it contains Essential Oils and NO harmful ingredients. Do you recommend any special brand of Zinc Oxide?

    This will help so many people to be protected from the sun, in a natural way, instead of slathering a slew of chemicals onto our skin.



    • Jeff says:

      Hello Cathy
      I am happy you are concerned about the chemicals in
      many of the sunscreens on the market, as for the zinc oxide
      choose one which is nano free.

  • Wendi says:

    Wow. This is such an interesting article. I really appreciate you getting the word out there. I appreciate the recipes for the home made sunscreen. I will certainly make some for my grandchildren and for our personal use.
    I wish you all the best.

    • Jeff says:

      Thank You Wendi
      I am pleased you enjoyed the post on sunscreens,
      I have been seeing mothers apply this on their children
      this summer with our extreme hot and humid weather,
      this got me to think what chemicals might be in these
      products which are harmful mothers are not aware of

  • Christina says:

    Sadly I think the FDA allows way too many unhealthy things on the market even medicines, but that is a whole long debate. So that aside…. Thank you so much for sharing this homemade recipe. I am so concerned this time of year. I am sun sensitive as it is and like to live natural. I do not want to stay cooped up indoors every day! I am going to make the homemade!! It will really help me be able to enjoy my summer more.

    • Jeff says:

      Hello Christina
      I agree the FDA is slacking on allowing too many products
      which later is found to contribute to our health issues,
      why can’t we sue the FDA like we can doctors for such
      serious contribution to our health issues.

  • Dena says:

    This is great information, I always love coming to this site as it always has so many all natural recipes and I try to use natural ingredients whenever possible.

    I tend to burn real easy in the summer months and as you mentioned about even getting a sunburn when it is cloudy. One of my worst sunburns ever was a cloudy day. We were out at the lake and really never thought about using sunscreen due to the clouds. By the time I got home from the lake I was so burnt that I had to walk around in a sheet for a few days because I could not stand anything to touch me.

    Sunscreen is something I had never thought about being bad for you, I guess I never read the label. I am going to try out your sunscreen recipe for the next time I am out in the sun.

    • Jeff says:

      Hello Dena
      I never thought of sun screen of containing any dangerous chemicals
      as well, but I started to think how skin cancer has become so commmon
      today and so many people trust the sunscreens on the market today.

  • Christina says:

    Wow, 60% of sunscreens don’t work! That is shocking statistics and scary for those of us who think we are being protected. For me, it is essential to have sun protection. I know that is true for many others as well. I always find your articles interesting, informative and full of great ideas. This was eye-opening. I think I will stick to making my own for sure to be positive of its effectiveness. I do not want to take the risk for me or my loved ones!

    • Jeff says:

      Hello Christina,
      I truly believe people who are sensitive to the sun
      and need protection should avoid the sunscreens on the market
      with chemicals and use the healthy natural essential oils God
      provides us.

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