As the sun shines stronger and the days are longer, our kiddos tend to spend more time outside. It is so good for them and the Vit D3 they absorb from the suns rays boost their immune systems and help protect them from the germs that flourish in their schools, daycare centers and kindergartens. We don’t want to block them completely from the sun’s rays but we do want to protect them from getting burned.
We spent the last 3 years in Costa rica, 8 degrees north of the equator. The risk of burning was high and we all have relatively fair skin. Here is a tip we have used for years. Before applying sunscreen, rub coconut oil all over your body and all over your kids. Then put on the bathing costume and apply the sunscreen you use. Sunscreen really is a double-edged sword as most contain toxic chemicals that either minimize the penetration of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays OR block them completely.
Coconut oil has natural spf of 6 and provides a buffer from the absorption of toxic chemicals in the sunscreens most commonly used. Truth is, the best prevention of getting a sunburn is a healthy base tan. The sun is not the enemy. But getting burned is. The other tip we consistently adhered to was not spending time in the direct sun between the hours of 10 am – 2 pm. During these hours, opt for shade and don’t forget your coconut oil!