Summer Junior Golf: The Best Sunscreen and More

imageThis Wednesday Waggle will wrap up our summer junior golf sunscreen coverage by naming the best sunscreen and providing more helpful hints. Protecting an outdoor athlete’s skin is very important and we hope you will take action on some of the information that has been offered. (Jason Duffner photo from golf digest.com)

In order to maximize your youngster’s skin protection, there are some items which are very beneficial:

1. drink plenty of water on a regular daily basis. We have already discussed hydration during practice and tournaments.

2. use antioxidants to help build an internal network of protection against sunburn. By eating foods high in these your kiddo is not only benefitting his skin, but the rest of his body as well. Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries have high some of the higher antioxidant concentrations. Most whole fresh vegetables and fruits, not fruit juices, are good sources.

3. moisturize your child’s skin before going outside. Organic coconut oil is an excellent choice.

4. OK, the best sunscreen, what is it? I know you’ve been on pins and needles! The EWG (Environmental Working Group) says: “The best sunscreen is a hat and a shirt. No chemicals to absorb through the skin, no questions about whether they work.”

imageBack in my childhood we would spend all day long at the beach, in and out of the water and when we were concerned about sunburn, what did we do? We put on a shirt and if we got burned, guess what, it was the skin not covered by the shirt! Yes, some wisdom is timeless. (photo by blitz conditioning.com)

There is a most interesting app called D-Minder. It has solid information about details of sun exposure at latitude and longitude and can answer a number of questions about the sun exposure in your geographic area. Quite informative.

You can spend your whole life studying sunburn, sunscreen and skin disease, so our information here is not even the tip of the iceberg. I encourage you to take control of your family’s health and make informed decisions.

See you on #1 tee and I don’t want to see your young golfer covered in white lotion… Sam.

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