The sun is here. With the warm sunny days here, sun protection for children is an important aspect that should not be overlooked. With increased time outdoors children are exposed to more of the sun rays making them susceptible to sun burns. Sun screen is a go-to for many, however research shows that some sunscreen can contain harmful chemicals. Attached is a simple guide to safer sunscreen by the Environmental Working Group.
Here are some keys to keep safe and having fun in the sun!
Cover up: using clothing as protection
Hats: Make sure your child has a hat for when they go outside and play.
Light weight long sleeve shirts are also helpful in keeping the sun’s rays off your child skin. Clothing is a great option to sunscreen. Sun shirts are also wonderful during water time activities.
How to choose a safe sunscreen
Chemical Barrier Sun Screens: Sunscreen that use a chemical filter such as Oxybenzone, Avobenzone, Octisalate, Octocrylene, Homosalate and Octinoxate, have adverse health effects through its penetration on skin into bodies tissues. Many of these chemicals have not been FDA –approved and have links to hormone disruption and reproductive harm.
Mineral Barriers Sun Screens: Mineral sunscreens are made with Titanium dioxide and Zinc oxide who’s nanoparticles deflect the sun’s rays and reduce photo activity. These Mineral sunscreens are much safer then chemical barrier sunscreens.
Source: EWG. (n.d.). EWG's 2017 Guide to Safer Sunscreens. Retrieved April 04, 2018, from https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/the-trouble-with-sunscreen-chemicals/#.WsVW58Fy5PY