Summer Junior Golf: 4 Things You Don’t Know About Sunscreen

imageThis Monday Mulligan is introducing you to 4 things you don’t know about sunscreen and they are not good. Summer junior golf needs healthy skin protection and today we will offer some help for you to go down a better and healthier path to protect your family’s skin from overexposure to the sun. (photo by jenlefforge.com)

1. while UVA and UVB rays can cause sunburn, the UVA rays penetrate deeper and have the potential to cause more damage to skin and other tissue. UVB rays are very beneficial in the proper time of exposure as they help the body produce Vitamin D. So UVB rays and Vitamin D are good and you want to take advantage of your kiddo’s time in the sun to maximize his body’s ability to make Vitamin D. Really you want to block UVA rays, seriously, stay with me.

2. most sunscreens in the U.S. block UVB rays but have very little UVA blocking ability so, in effect, by applying commercial sunscreen you are actually inhibiting your child’s opportunity to increase his Vitamin D level. And correct Vitamin D levels are absolutely critical for good health.

3. most widely available sunscreens have chemicals that you may not want you child rubbing on his skin and then having that chemical penetrate deeper, possibly into internal organs. Check out this Dr. Mercola article for more details.

image4. there are some good organic sunscreens available for purchase at Swanson Health Products and at Dr. Mercola’s website. And there are some decent sunscreen formutlations you can make at home. If you are not a do-it-yourselfer then buy a small bottle of a couple of different organic products and try them. See how they work. (photo from swansonvitamins.com)

Take control of your family’s health. What better habits to teach your children than healthy habits? Make a commitment right now to better health and better habits!

See you on #1 tee… Sam

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