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.


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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15 Ways I Beat The 'Freshman 15,' And Actually Managed To Lose It Instead

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"The freshman fifteen" refers to the amount of weight many college-freshmen gain in the first year. This is usually caused by a variety of factors many students are exposed to such as not playing team sports such as in high school, eating unhealthy dining hall options, and drinking alcohol which is full of empty carbs. Here's how I omitted to gain fifteen pounds my first semester of college, and actually lost it (with minimal effort).

1. Walking

Compared to my mostly sedentary lifestyle during the school year and summer (due to school and work), I didn't get a lot of daily exercise in unless I tried. Now, I walk 3-4 miles a day from just getting around campus.

2. Water

Many people don't get the daily water intake they should be getting. Once you're walking outside though, at the end of August/early September scalding heat, it's easy to consume an ample amount of water.

3. Hills

Walking up-hill a two to three times a day easily gets your heart rate up, and allows for you to get in a quick leg-workout as well.

4. Less snacking

In contrast to being at home, if it's one in the morning it's difficult to start making a snack in a dorm without waking one's roommate up. Besides, dorm snacks don't compare to home snacks.

5. Meal times

Something really unhealthy I did at home (along many others) is not denote specific times to eat. This made it easy to not eat until late in the day, and consume too many calories at once. The fact that dining halls are open only at specific times makes it easier to eat through out the day, as one's supposed to.

6. Better meal options

Although dining hall food has a lot of unhealthy options, they also have a decent amount of healthy options every day. Some of these even include vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Unless your family at home went out of their way to always make dinner healthy, you probably had some not necessarily healthy meals. At college, there's always the salad bar that you can choose if your willpower is strong enough.

7. Being surrounded by trees

It's been scientifically proven that being around nature gives you benefits. It allows you to clear your mind and is a natural stress-reliever without you having to actually go out of your way.

8. Nature paths

Running on cracked sidewalks with having to watch out for cars wasn't always convenient when I did want to work out near home. In college, there's usually designated nature trails in walking distance for students to accessibly walk, bike on, or run.

9. Gym

Most colleges have a gym/ recreational center. You don't need to buy a membership like Planet Fitness back at home (since you're already paying the college a plethora of money), it's a great opportunity to utilize and has open hours that will fit into almost anyone's busy schedule.

10. Better sleep 

Unlike at home, I can't have the lights on all night or be listening to music due to the fact that I have a roommate. Therefore, laying in bed not having anything to do helps me get to sleep at an earlier time each night. Despite the typical college standard of lacking sleep (due to exams, parties, etc) sometimes it can allow for better sleep.

11. More activities

Many people find themselves eating when they are not hungry, but in fact, bored. In college, there are almost always activities going on to distract you from the demised "bored eating."

12. More homework

Having more homework allows for many students to find themselves in the library, which conveniently, doesn't have many food options. It's also sometimes hard enough to find time to sit down and eat, let alone eating when you have a list of things to do.

13. Less spending

When I lived at home and had merely no expenses, I rarely looked at food prices at stores. Now that I know I don't have much money to spend, those chips don't look as appetizing (okay, they still do, but not to my wallet).

14. Realizing insane market-prices

Markets on campuses seem convenient, almost too convenient like there's a caveat. The fact that most products in them are very over-priced may be one. On top of not wanting to buy "expensive" food from off-campus stores, the overly-priced on-campus food products (from the markets) just exemplify my desire of not spending money, in turn, less snacking.

15. Encouragement

Going home six weeks after the beginning of the semester and hearing my family/old co-workers remark on how it looks like I've lost weight, only gave me encouragement to keep going.

Small changes can go a long way, in a short amount of time. Don't feel the need to hide that you didn't gain the freshman fifteen!

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How To Appreciate Your Man

Top 5 Secrets for Making Your Man Feel Loved

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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