Summer Junior Golf: 5 Basics for Skin Protection

imageIn this Friday Flop Shot we will look at 5 basics for skin protection. Whether it’s being at the driving range for 1 hour or on the golf course for 4 hours or longer, it is important to take care of your child’s skin. Correct sun exposure is critical for good health both for you and your kids so let’s see some brief tips for maximizing benefits and minimizing skin damage from sunlight. (photo from offcoursegolfnetwork.com)

1. drink plenty of water. Well-hydrated skin is positioned for minimal harm. Grab the skin on the back of your hand, pull it up and release it. If your skin snaps back into a flat shape, you are properly hydrated, if it stands up and slowly goes down, you need more water.

2. sunscreen. We are not fans of commercial sunscreen as it blocks the sun’s beneficial rays as well as potentially harmful rays and the sunscreen. In most cases contains some harmful ingredients that I don’t want passing through my biggest organ, yes, the skin, into my internal organs. Use the minimum by putting some on the nose, tops of the ears, back of the neck, arms and on the sternum where the shirt falls open. Please do not bathe your kiddo in sunscreen.

3. organic sunscreen. There is some available online at Dr. Mercolas website and at Swanson Vitamins. Buy a small bottle and see how you like it. Does it prevent sunburn and is it ok on your child’s skin?

4. essential oils. These are very popular and gaining well-deserved positive comments. Our family is just starting to use them and the results are wonderful. We have not tried these as sunscreen yet but we will keep you informed. (photo from golfdigest.com)image

5. SPF clothing. Frankly most fabrics offer some sun protection. Please don’t run out and spend a bunch of money on a high-dollar SPF golf shirt when you can likely find a breatheable, wicking golf shirt with the desired amount of skin coverage that does a decent job of protecting your young golfer’s skin for a cheaper price. Finding these just takes cruising the big name websites: Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, Columbia and almost every golf clothing brand you can name.

So let’s get some research going and I don’t want to see any sunburned juniors on #18 green.

See you on #1 tee… Sam

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