Did you know that babies' delicate skin is considerably more permeable than adult skin? So, they could be absorbing up to three times the amount of toxins than an adult using the same application would absorb. A few blistering sunburns can as much as double the chances of developing serious forms of skin cancer later in life. There has been new research done indicating that a form of vitamin A (retinyl palmitate) when applied to the skin in the sunlight, may actually speed the development of certain skin tumors. Even more troubling, is that vitamin A is added to 41% of all sunscreens! On the flip side, it is just not practical to NOT wear sunscreen.
So, the next time you shop for your child's sunscreen keep the EWG's tips handy in order to pick one of the healthier, more effective ones. It is always a good idea to test whatever sunscreen you choose to a small area to see if any allergic reaction occurs. The American Academy of Pediatrics says it is best to keep infants (6 months or younger) out of the sun as much as possible. Although my pediatrician recommended a small amount of sunscreen could be used in the event that shade couldn't be found.
So here are a few tips to keep in mind while enjoying your summer in the sun:
•Wear protective clothing, sunglasses and a hat whenever possible
•Re-apply sunscreen often and/or after swimming
•Avoid mid-day sun
•Find shade whenever possible
•Make sunscreen a habit
•Be a good role model to your children
If you haven't already, check out the EWG's website…there is a wealth of information there! http://www.ewg.org/2010sunscreen/