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Tips For Keeping Kids Protected from the Sun

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It’s not even summer yet, and the heat is on in Orange County. Every parent knows the importance of applying sunscreen to keep their kids protected from the harsh rays of the sun, but not everyone knows the importance of using the right kind of sunscreen.

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Using a sunscreen that is loaded full of chemicals can be just as harmful to children as going out without applying sunscreen. Some of the sunscreens purchased at the local drug store are packed full of harmful chemicals that absorb into your child’s body after application. Some of these sunscreens contain chemicals that have shown to have endocrine disruption activity, and do not provide broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. Using a physical sunscreen that utilizes zinc oxide & titanium dioxide as active ingredients sits on top of the kids & blocks the rays like a mirror (without absorbing into your child’s bloodstream).

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How often should you apply? If you are using a sunscreen with an SPF of 15, and it usually takes you 15 minutes to get a sunburn, multiply the two numbers together to figure out about how long your sunscreen should last. In this case, it would 225 minutes or 3 hours and 45 minutes. This formula does not always hold true for SPF numbers higher than 30, and other factors need to be considers such as; humidity, sweating or strenuous exercise.

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Kids got burned. What now? Don’t apply a random gel product from the local drug store. Choose a natural healing product such as; green tea, soy, milk thistle, shea butter, sea buckthorn or carrot oil.

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What SPF number should I use? The American Academy of Dermatology recommends wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.

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Being in the sun too much can cause children to burn, have skin texture changes, rashes and freckles. They are also put at a higher risk of skin cancer and pre-mature aging. In addition to applying a chemical-free sunscreen, put your children in protective clothing and hats when going out in the sun. A diet packed with omega-3 fatty acids and adequate antioxidants can also be a natural way to protect your children’s skin.

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Where do you get a chemical free sunscreen? Whole Foods Market has one of the biggest selections of chemical-free sunscreen in their Whole Body Department. Just in time for the holiday weekend, they are having a 4-day promotion where families can save 30% off sun care products (May 23rd-26th). Head over to your local Whole Foods Market, and stock-up on sunscreen for your family this summer.

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