2017 is flying by! It's already April, and summer will soon be here. During the warmer months it's important to be prepared for family trips to the beach. Sunscreen is an essential item for enjoying the summer sun. It's important to invest in a good quality sunscreen that won't damage you or your little one's health.
Regular sunscreens contain a lot of chemicals that can be harmful to both you and your little one. Always make sure to read the label on any beauty products you purchase: you wouldn't believe some of the chemicals used in everyday items! Below is a list of chemicals often used in regular sunscreens that you should be very wary of:
Oxybenzone: This ingredient is thought to alter hormones and behave like estrogen in the body. It is known to alter sperm production in animals and is associated with endometriosis in women. It also commonly causes skin allergies.
Octinoxate (octylmethoxycinnamate): Octinoxate generally wreaks havoc with bodily functions including hormone production and reproduction. Tests on animals demonstrated thyroid and behavioral alterations. It too can cause skin allergies, but not as often as oxybenzone.
Homosalate: This chemical disrupts numerous hormones including estrogen, progesterone, and androgen. When it breaks down in the body it produces toxic chemicals.
Octisalate: Lab studies found that octisalate penetrates the skin. Reports of allergies caused by this chemical are relatively rare.
Octocrylene: This substance is fully absorbed into the body and has been found in the milk of breastfeeding mothers. Tests show that it causes skin allergies frequently.
Titanium dioxide: Like oxybenzone, titanium dioxide is an ingredient in many store-bought sunscreens. It is relatively safe but experts are concerned about its impact on inhalation.
Zinc oxide: The harmful effects of zinc oxide are similar to those of titanium dioxide.
Avobenzone: Not only does this chemical cause skin allergies, it is also unstable in the sun and must be mixed with stabilizers before being used in a sunscreen.
Mexoryl SX: This can cause skin allergies, but this doesn't happen very often.
Here at Baby On The Hip we love products that use natural ingredients. We sell natural sunscreens that will protect you and your family from UV rays while also keeping your skin healthy and moisturized. Our sunscreen that is made especially for babies contains only the most soothing and healing ingredients, while our adult sunscreen is recommended by dermatologists.
It's important that parents, especially mothers, use natural sunscreens as well as using them on their baby. This is because sunscreens penetrate the skin and are absorbed into the body. Numerous studies have shown that young infants are vulnerable to the aforementioned harmful chemicals through breast-feeding. Yes, that's right: if you're a breast-feeding mother who uses regular sunscreen, you could be harming your baby! So in order to be really prepared, it's not enough to buy the good stuff for your baby — both you and your baby will benefit when you switch to natural too!
It's quite simply really: regular sunscreens absorb the sun's rays, while natural ones deflect them. This means that none of the ingredients used in a regular sunscreen are absorbed in the body — a much safer choice for you and yours!
When it comes to the health and safety of your child, remembering these tips will help you on your way:
How to Apply: When you do it the first time, test a patch of skin to check for allergies. Wait around twenty minutes and if your baby's skin looks normal, continue.
Where to Apply: It's a good idea to dress your child before applying sunscreen so you know which areas are most exposed to the sun. A baby's skin is thinner than an adults and is more vulnerable to damage from the sun, so make sure you cover them with a thin layer over any exposed areas.
When to Apply: The sun is strongest between 10am and 2pm, so if you're outside during this time make sure to cover your baby well. If you and your baby are enjoying the water, reapply their sunscreen every two hours (even if it's waterproof). If you're relaxing in the sun but not swimming, put a wide-brimmed hat and light clothing on your baby. Cover them up as much as possible: just make sure the fabric keeps them cool or they'll be uncomfortable. It's best to keep little ones in the shade, too.
Now that you've learned lots of useful information about the benefits of natural sunscreens and how to use them, it's time to get ready for fun in the sun!
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