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How to Choose a Safe Sunscreen for Your Child & When to Use It.

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Natural Sunscreens

As we become more conscious of the products we use on our skin, natural sunscreens have gained popularity for their ability to protect us from harmful UV rays without the use of harsh chemicals. These sunscreens typically contain mineral ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which act as physical barriers to reflect the sun's rays away from the skin.

Natural Sunscreens:

  • Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

  • Look for natural ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.

  • Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, especially if swimming or sweating.

In 2021 the FDA concluded that the active ingredients in mineral sunscreen are the only ones that are classified as safe.

Avoid chemical sunscreens as much as possible.Their active ingredients often include:

  • Oxybenzone

  • Avobenzone

  • Homosalate

  • Octocrylene

  • Octinoxate

Bonus- you don't have to wait 15 minutes to go out in the sun after you apply mineral sunscreen! This only applies to chemical sunscreen, as the active ingredients have to create a reaction with the skin in order to have effective SPF.

Don't forget to check the inactive ingredients. The less ingredients, the better! If you can't pronounce the ingredient, it may be synthetic, and best to avoid it.

While it's important to protect our skin from sun damage, it's also essential to consider the role of sunlight in providing us with vitamin D. Vitamin D is crucial for maintaining healthy bones, immune function, and overall well-being. When our skin is exposed to sunlight, it produces vitamin D naturally.

Here are some key points to keep in mind when balancing the use of natural sunscreens and vitamin D exposure:

Vitamin D Exposure:

  • Get 10-30 minutes of sun exposure on your arms, legs, or back without sunscreen daily. Avoid too much sun exposure to help prevent sunburn.

  • Consider taking a vitamin D supplement if you have limited sun exposure.

  • Consult with a healthcare provider to determine your vitamin D levels and needs.

By being mindful of the sunscreens we use and finding a balance between protection and vitamin D exposure, we can enjoy the benefits of mother nature's skincare while supporting our overall health!

If you reside in Colorado, Arizona, or New Mexico and are seeking natural treatment for your child's skin condition, contact us at 719-284-2809 to schedule a complimentary phone consultation now!

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