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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

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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