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Junior Golf: 5 Options for the Sunscreen Dilemma

This Friday Flop Shot will be short as I search for the perfect solution for sun protection.

Even for us, it’s hot. Temperatures are well above 100 degrees with no letup in sight. Yes, we’re used to the heat but I’m always looking for a better solution to the extended sun exposure that our junior golfers must deal with.

Here are 5 tips, some previously mentioned and a couple of new ones:

1. Shea Butter has it’s own SPF of 6, not bad. You want organic and unrefined. Try it prior to slapping some on for tournament day. Minimal protection, but clean.

2. Organic Sunscreen. Nearly all have zinc or magnesium dioxide. Try it first. Some folks are allergic to zinc so I’d really like to find an organic sunscreen without these 2 metals. Beauty by Earth SPF 25 mineral sunscreen looks pretty clean. Buy on Amazon.

3. Cooling/wicking long sleeve summer shirts. Anything is better than nothing. Even cotton has a single-digit SPF. Please practice with this shirt to make certain your kiddo’s swing is not impeded.

4. Make your own sunscreen. Search the web. There are plenty of recipes.

5. Regular sunscreen. This is a last resort. Using it infrequently and in small amounts, will minimize the negative effects. I’ve seen some kids so slathered up it was horrific. Please don’t be one of those parents.

Be wise when it comes to sun exposure. Do some research and don’t default to the everyday chemical-laden stuff. You can do better.

See you on #1 tee ready for a sunny day… Sam

Junior Golf: 5 Facts About Sun Exposure

In this Wednesday Waggle we’re looking at 4 facts about sun exposure and how they impact your junior golfer.

Sunshine is a fact of life if you spend time outdoors and our golfers spend as much or more time in the sun than nearly any other athletes. We need to understand what’s going on and the best ways to deal with it.

1. UVB rays enable the body to generate vitamin D which is essential for good health. They are available basically between 10am and 3pm so this is the time to put on less clothes and go get some sun. 30 to 40 minutes is about right for most people. Stop as soon as your turn a little bit pink.

2. Harmful UVA rays are coming in all the time the sun is up so here’s a plan. Keep more covered up early and late. Roll up your sleeves and wear shorts in the middle of the day. UVA’s damage the skin as compared to UVB’s which in proper amounts are very beneficial for the whole body.

3. Calm down on the sunscreen. Most brands are loaded with nasty ingredients. Our family uses minimal amounts mostly on the nose, ears and back of the neck. You might ask yourself: “Would I ingest these ingredients?” If your answer is “No.”, then why would you put them your largest organ, your skin.

4. Easy alternatives to sunscreen are: longer hair covers tops of ears and back of the neck. Floppy/bucket hat does the same along with covering the forehead. Please wear some type of hat, cap or visor. Long sleeve high tech shirts protect the arms. Girls also have the “sleeves-only” option that can be put on or taken off at will.

5. For a quick and interesting primer on sunshine and sun exposure, take a look at the dminder app. It’s free, fun and very much worth taking a look at. Above is a screenshot of my location today.

The sun is our friend. It is here for our benefit. Our challenge is how to deal with too much of a good thing.

See you on #1 tee ready for a sunny day… Sam

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

The Sun: Friend or Foe for Golfers

God has put the sun here for our benefit. Golfers spend a lot of time in the sun so learning how to take advantage of it’s benefits and how to protect yourself from overexposure are very important. Today we will visit several aspects of how to properly address the issue of prolonged hours of sun exposure. Some of what we will discuss is controversial and you will need to choose what is best for you and your junior golfer. My family and I have decided to take control of our health and make many proactive decisions regarding our own sun exposure. I am not a medical professional and encourage you to pursue appropriate advice where you deem it necessary.

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Excessive exposure to sunshine is part of golf and there are effective ways to gain its benefits and avoid its hazards. The biggest health benefit is proper Vitamin D exposure. Your body makes Vitamin D from sunlight. Vitamin D deficiency is rampant in the U.S.because of the fear of skin cancer and all the media talking heads telling to stay out of the sun. This is ridiculous because the sun is here to help us.

Your body requires UVB rays for the production of Vitamin D. For more information please visit: http://www.mercola.com and search: vitamin D resource page. Please understand that proper levels of Vitamin D are extremely beneficial to your family’s health. I encourage you to read up on this subject. D-Minder is a great free app to help you learn more about Vitamin D exposure in your location. Visit the App Store.

We live in South Texas so we have sunshine all the time. For the healthiest protection on the golf course, you have some good options. Wear a cap or visor to keep the sun off of the sensitive skin around your eyes. This also eliminates the need to put sunscreen on the forehead which can end up sweating into your kiddo’s eyes and be painful and is not helpful for playing good golf. Do put sunscreen on the ears, nose, back of neck, arms and possibly the calves.

Alternatives to putting sunscreen on the arms and back of the neck are the wonderful SPF shirts for golf, but smaller sizes for junior golfers may be hard to find or may be crazy expensive. In addition to the short-sleeve versions, there are long-sleeve versions which are comfortable in hot weather. Look at http://www.underarmour.com, http://www.nike.com, http://www.adidas.com, http://www.tgw.com and other leading golf websites for more information.

Most popular sunscreens not only have potentially harmful ingredients, but also block the beneficial UVB rays, so your kiddo is not getting any Vitamin D benefit from their golf. We use healthier options. Go to http://www.swansonvitamins.com or http://www.mercola.com and search for organic sunscreens. These will at least not have the more undesirable ingredients, and may allow the UVB rays to pass into the skin. Use as little sunscreen as possible.

As you see, the sun can be both friend and foe…make wise choices.

So go enjoy those sunny days, yes, even the hot sunny days☺️ Always work on improving your kiddo’s game.

See you on #1 tee… Sam

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