The Importance of Sunscreen For Your Baby and the Best Time to Wear It

The Importance of Sunscreen For Your Baby and the Best Time to Wear It

The baby's skin is very delicate and sensitive, so it needs to be protected against ailments like cancer.

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Having a baby is a big blessing and it normally comes with a lot of responsibilities. You'll start thinking of the best food for your baby, the best clothing, the best toys, the best school to attend and more. While thinking of the best wears, one of the things to consider is a sunscreen, you'll need to find an organic sunscreen for the baby if you really want the best for him or her.

The baby's skin is very delicate and sensitive, so it needs to be protected against ailments like cancer. The skin is the largest organ in the human body and taking proper care of it makes is one of the factors of having a healthy lifestyle.

This reveals the importance of protecting the child against harmful rays of the sun. This can be achieved by purchasing a good sunscreen for your baby and outing it on the baby at the appropriate time.

Getting a good sunscreen for your baby is not as easy as going to the grocery to order for a jar of Blue Band butter, this is because of the different and unlimited varieties available in the market today. You'll be mandated to get a very good, safe and reliable sunscreen for your baby.

Tips for Getting the Best out Of Then Sunscreen

  • Rub don't spray: According to a research carried out by the International Agency for Research on Carcinogens, spraying the sunscreen increases the risks of the inhalation of titanium dioxide by your kid. Also, rubbing it will make you to utilize only the required quantity on the baby.
  • Check the chemicals: Does it contain oxybenzone? Then it's not the best choice for your kid. You should read the labels before buying.
  • Oil-free sunscreen is best: Next time you go shopping, choose the sunscreen that is oil-free because it can make break-outs worst.
  • Be broad: Always opt for the sunscreen that will give you protection against UVB rays and UVA rays. Both of them have potentials of causing cancer.
  • Go for the physical sunscreens: Are you surprised? Don't be. There are two types of sunscreens available in the market, the physical and the chemical sunscreen. The physical sunscreens reflects UV rays by using zinc oxide or titanium dioxide while the chemical sunscreens absorbs UV rays by using oxybenzone and other similar ingredients. Like we said earlier, oxybenzone is not safe for your skin and should be avoided. Oxybenzone is being rated by EWG as 8 in their toxity rate.

When is the best Time for Your Baby to Wear Sunscreens?

As a mother, you always want the best for your baby. However in getting the best, it is also advisable to get them at the right time. According to medical research, children above six months of age can use sunscreens without any complications. Younger kids should use other forms of protection other than the sunscreen to guide themselves against the rays of the sun.

However, children above six months can be protected against the sun's rays by using sunscreens and it won't be detrimental or disastrous.

In addition, avoid allowing your baby to be exposed to the sun's rays during the peak hours. This is usually from 10 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon. During this period, the sun is usually in an extreme stage and it's usually very hot.

In all, try your best to make sure your baby doesn't get over-heated.

While selecting the best sunscreen for your wards, select one that is broad-spectrum and has an SPF of at least 15.
Apply it on the baby's skin generously and re-apply every 120 minutes (2 hours). You can also decrease the time if the baby sweats a lot or spends time playing in the waters.

Use sunscreens that contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to avoid complications like irritation from happening to your baby.

In the case of younger children, you can protect them from the sun's rays by dressing them up properly. A perfect dressing would be a hat, a brim and sunglasses, you'll kid will look smart, attractive and also be protected from the sun.

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Are Soulmates Real?

Is your perfect other half out there?

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Lately, a question that has often plagued my mind is the concept of a soulmate. Is there a soulmate in the world for every individual? The idea of a soulmate is a fascinating thing. The dictionary defines a soulmate as "a person ideally suited to another as a close friend or romantic partner." It's quite a phenomenon that in a world of seven billion people, one individual is your ideal counterpart. As I grow older, I observe my friends in long-term relationships and the feelings that they've developed as time has progressed. It's interesting that people my age have committed themselves to another individual devotedly for long periods of time. I often wonder if I'll encounter such a love anytime soon.

When friends talk about marrying their current lovers after college, I feel panicked and wonder if the clock to find your soulmate has already begun ticking and I'm moving at a pace far too slow. It's good to believe in soulmates because it gives hope to people. If I believe that I have a soulmate in this world, I can live believing that someday everything will fall into place and my perfect partner will stumble into my life. Sometimes I wonder how love even works because it's crazy that two individuals just happened to both like each other and decided to see where this initial liking could take them. Often though, many people experience one-sided loves and it makes you wonder if you're doing something wrong compared to people who have coupled up. I'd ideally like to chalk up unrequited loves and romantic mishaps to the existence of soulmates. I tell myself that things didn't work out because it wasn't meant to be. I often glaze over the mishaps afterward and wonder why it didn't work out. I'm a dreamer and I'll paint these picture-perfect love stories in my mind which left me disappointed. However, living with the hope that soulmates exist helps.

Do soulmates exist in this world? Maybe all my mishaps and one-sided loves are the result of the world telling me it was not meant to be. The idea of soulmates gives me hope that one day, everything will work out in the end.

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How To Appreciate Your Man

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I got one of those questions the other day that made me think, "well that's a blog post if I've ever seen one." The long and short of it was that the original poster wanted to know ways that she could show her man that she appreciated him. I said to myself, "self, exactly how could a woman show her man that she appreciated him?"

The more I started to think about this the more difficult it became. And do you know why?

Glad you asked.

Well, its because I think in general, women constantly show their men how much they appreciate us. If there's a gender dropping the ball in the appreciation arena, its men, not women. Women tend to compromise more, always consider us in their decisions, and want us to be happy at all times. Not that men don't want their women to be happy, we just would rather her happiness didn't come at our expense. Are we selfish? Probably. We're also raised to be selfish about life. It's a vicious cycle.

Anyway, so I got to thinking about specifics. Assuming that regular life is taking place and both people show one another that they care and appreciate them via regular life activities like spending time and saying things that need to be said, etc, how else might this occur?

Here's my stab at this list.







1. Telling him to go out and have a night with his boys on occasion

I don't mean the scheduled 2-hour break many of us get on a Saturday to go hang with our friends and play basketball or something. I mean, just one day, out of the blue, just tell your man that he should go and take a personal day and have fun. Go do whatever you want and come home when you want. No pressure and no worries. We'll probably think this is a set up (face it, 7 times out of 10 it IS a setup), but he'll appreciate that you realized he needed a "break" at times.

2. Buy him something that he actually wants instead of something you want him to have

Not saying that this is always the case, or the case the majority of the time, but I know I've been the recipient of more than one gift that I either couldn't use or couldn't understand why I was receiving it. Of course I took it and said thank you, but it went in the pile with the Snuggies and Extra Medium Banana Republic sweaters. If I say I'd like something like a new toolbox and you get me a toolbox, I'll be ecstatic. Just like women love when men listen, men do too. We appreciate that and will feel appreciated. Because you heard me.

3. Help him with something that he really needs help with

You know how we know that you love or appreciate us? By being there for us when we truly need somebody to be there. Now, this seems like its in women's nature to do this anyway so perhaps this goes in the "just do what you'd normally do" pile, but its true. Men need respect and loyalty. We're like dogs in that regard. You give us that and we'll likely stick around for the long haul anyway. But we do appreciate that and trust me, it doesn't go unnoticed.

4. Tell him

Sounds easy enough but it really isn't. A lot of people have trouble articulating to somebody why they appreciate them. It's easy to say "I love you" (well, kind of), but its harder to say why you love somebody or why you appreciate what they bring to your life because it requires self-awareness. So telling him will allow him the space to understand why you appreciate him and he'll probably cook you a meal. We work really well with words of affirmation.

5. Just do something nice to make him feel special

Another one of those things that truly just goes both ways, male or female. In fact, showing appreciation really is the same across the board. It doesn't matter if you're a man or a woman, the best way to show appreciation is to just do it. Let them know, or do something nice for them to show that you care and are listening to their needs. Everybody wins that way.

And an angel probably gets its wings.

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