Happy Memorial Weekend to You!

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful time celebrating with your family and friends! I am excited that summer is finally here, and look forward to enjoying all the fun family activities! Between ball games, swimming lessons, and family vacations, your family will likely spend a lot of time outdoors this summer. I would like to visit with you today about the safest ways to keep your family's skin safe this summer!

I urge you to read all of this report so you won't miss the latest warnings about how some sunscreen ingredients may actually cause greater risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer!

Some exposure to the sun is good, because it provides a healthy dose of Vitamin D which has been shown to help build strong bones and bolster your immune system and help prevent as many as 16 types of cancer. Of course too much sun exposure can lead to sun burned skin, which will cause skin damage, and later wrinkles, age spots and maybe even skin cancer. Helping your family learn how to protect their skin can also help to protect their health for a life time!

Here are Five Ways to Help Protect Your Family's Skin This Summer!

1. Provide Healthy Snacks and Beverages.
What your kids eat and drink this summer can have a big impact their skin as well as their overall health. Serving plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables will help provide the vitamins and anti-oxidants they need to have healthy skin and bones! Avoid sugary snacks and drinks that have no nutritional value, and keep your kids hydrated with healthy fruit and vegetable juices and plenty of pure clean water!

2. Plan Your Day To Avoid Too Much UVB Radiation.
In other words, limit your family's time out in the sun, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. as UV radiation peaks when the sun is directly overhead.

3. Always Wear Protective Clothing.
Wearing light colored cotton shirts and shorts or pants can help protect your skin from the sun, especially if you are fair skinned. Wear a hat and sun glasses as well! When swimming, remember that water reflects the suns rays, so skin will burn even faster. Also remember that you can get a sunburn just as easily on a cloudy day! Controversy continues to grow concerning the safety and effectiveness of using sunscreen products. Research seems to indicate that it may help protect against some skin cancers, but that certain ingredients in sunscreens may actually cause more risk of melanoma, the most deadly form of cancer. With so little known with confidence about sunscreen and skin cancer, it is no wonder that many experts are now recommending clothing and shade, not sunscreen, as primary barriers from sun exposure. If you do choose to use sunscreen, make sure it is a brand that is safe!

4.Use Only Safe Non Toxic Sunscreen!
Most Dr's still recommend using sunscreen, but be very careful of what kind you use. According to the Environmental Working Group, only 8%, or 39 of the 500 brands of sun screen products on the market today are considered safe. The others contain harmful ingredients.

EWG has again flagged products with oxybenzone, a hormone-disrupting compound found in about 60 percent of the 500 beach and sport sunscreens analyzed. The chemical penetrates the skin and enters the bloodstream: biomonitoring surveys conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have detected oxybenzone in the bodies of 97 percent of Americans tested. It is even a concern that aquatic life is being affected along beaches where sunscreen products are frequently used.

This year, new concerns have arisen about a form of vitamin A called retinyl palmitate, found in 41 percent of sunscreens.The FDA is investigating whether this compound may accelerate skin damage and elevate skin cancer risk when applied to skin exposed to sunlight. FDA data suggest that vitamin A may be photocarcinogenic, meaning that in the presence of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, the compound and skin undergo complex biochemical changes resulting in cancer. The evidence against vitamin A is far from conclusive, but as long as it is suspect, EWG recommends that consumers choose vitamin A-free sunscreens. I would encourage you to read the Environmental Working Groups full report on sunscreen dangers.

5. Choose Natural Bug and Mosquito Protection.
Many of the same rules apply to protecting your family against bug bites. Avoid being out or wear protective clothing when mosquitoes are out, generally in the early and late parts of the day. Do not use mosquito repellent with "Deet"! This is a very strong chemical which can actually melt plastic. The FDA claims it is safe, but who wants to take chances. I recommend the that is included in this safe and natural mosquito and bug spray.that is included in my Summer Survival Kit!

I hope you and your family enjoy a safe fun filled summer and keep your family's skin protected with my Safe Summer Survival Kit!

Please contact me if you have questions about choosing nontoxic alternatives for your family and home!


Jolene Snyder

"Your Nontoxic Living Coach"


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