As the days are getting longer and hotter in the summer, it is very important to enjoy and stay safe in the sun. This is especially true when it comes to children. Sensitive skin, allergies and adult supervision all make sun safety even trickier. I have been working with kids for many years now and I thought I’d share with you my list of sunscreen safety.
I follow the Rule of 3.
1. Wear protective clothing. Hats, shades and longer sleeves protect better than any sunscreen.
2. Avoid sun peak hours 11:30-2:00 pm when playing outside. If you must be outside during those hours, limit your play time to 30 min and seek shaded areas. Remember, the sun is the hottest and most dangerous when it is in zenith (aka 12 pm).
3. If you do choose to use sunscreen pick the brand without harmful ingredients like: oxydenzone and retinyl palmitate as those can actually cause cancer. I saved a copy of the May issue of the Yoga Journal with an article about it. See it attached.
Please remember to stay hydrated and wash off the sunscreen after. No matter how safe, it is still a chemical on your child’s body.
Enjoy the summer!