Kids need Vitamin D3 and our modern lifestyle seems to keep kids indoors more than is healthy. As a result, they are not developing a healthy base tan and many are even deficient in Vit D3. This vitamin is critical in immune function and warding off sickness.
The sun has been getting a really bad reputation and lots of blame. How on earth did generations before ever survive? Somehow we managed and while skin cancer is a valid concern, the main reason skin cancers develop are due to sunburns and toxic chemicals in products we use daily.
So how can we best protect our kids? Follow these 5 tips and you’re off to a good start!
- Lather your kid with coconut oil before applying any sunscreen. Coconut oil has a natural spf of 6 and provides a buffer for your child’s skin from the harmful cancer-causing chemicals in most sunscreens
- Expose your kid to sunshine so they develop a healthy base tan. Keeping your child out of the sun and pasty white sets them up for burning on that one day they play outside extensively while you aren’t there to lather them with sunscreen. A good base is the best protection.
- If possible, avoid direct sun exposure during the prime burning hours of 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Put a hat on your kid.
- Don’t rely on SPF of 30+ to protect your kid all day. If they sweat or get wet, sunscreen will need to be reapplied. Using SPF 15 and reapplying is a better way to protect your little angel.