Skin Care

Safety in the Sun ☀️

As much as we love to spend time in the sun, with our son’s sensitive skin post radiation we have to take extra precautions 🧢☀️⛱

It’s also not just about applying any type of sunscreen. You want to make sure what is being applied to your skin, especially that of your child’s, is safe and non-toxic since it will be absorbed through the skin.

Ways to reduce the risk of sunburn, skin aging from sun and most importantly skin cancer:

☀️Make sure to always evenly apply sunscreen at least 15-30 minutes prior to sun exposure.

☀️ When shopping for a sunscreen opt for ones that are water resistant, have SPF of 30 or higher and are “broad spectrum”, which means the product has ingredients that can protect you from UVA, as well as UVB rays.

☀️ Most dermatologists will say you do not need SPF greater than 30-50. Very high SPFs often create a false sense of security. People who use them tend to stay out in the sun much longer and may skip reapplying simply because they think they are better protected. Which in turn puts them at risk for more UV exposure, which, of course, then defeats the purpose.

☀️Reapply according to package instructions (at least every 2 hours)

☀️Regularly use broad spectrum sunscreen with at least 30 SPF (exposure to UV rays during winter put you at the same risk as during the summer).🏖

☀️Wear sunglasses (this applies to children as well) They help protect your eyes from UV radiation!

☀️Wear added protection with wide brim hats (If you’ve lost your hair due to chemo, make sure to wear a hat out in the sun to protect your scalp. For added protection still apply sunscreen), pants or long sleeve shirts when possible 👖🧢🕶 Keep any surgical scars covered from the sun (If you cannot cover with a hat or clothes, once they are completely healed, you can apply sunscreen over them.)

☀️Limit time directly in the sun when possible from 10am-2pm (when UV rays are at their strongest)

☀️If you are unsure how strong the sun’s rays are, use the shadow test: if your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun’s rays are at its strongest!

☀️Some prescribed medications, especially chemo and radiation, make you at higher risk to develop sunburn (make sure to take extra precautions as the skin will absorb more UV rays under these conditions. Always carry sunscreen on-the-go.)

California Baby has this perfect “Fun In The Sun Essentials” organic tote bag for your outdoor fun with your kiddos! It includes
1.8oz Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ Super Sensitive Sunscreen Lotion,
2oz Natural Bug Blend Bug Spray,
0.5oz Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ Super Sensitive Sunscreen Stick,
0.5oz California Kids Supersensitive Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ Sunscreen Lotion,
California Baby® Designer Sunglasses and a make-up sponge to assist with a smooth and even sunscreen application.

Their mineral sunscreen goes on very light and blends well. A small amount goes a long way!

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For a full list of my recommended sunscreens go to: http://bit.ly/RnMomcologistSunscreens

Healthier Home, Nutrition

Reusable Non-Toxic Straws

🥤Reusable Non-Toxic Straws🥤

Some benefits:

🥤They are reusable! Not only is that good for the environment, saving our sea life from the pollution of plastic straws that ends up in the ocean but they are also good on your pocket! It will save you money in the long run if you are used to buying disposable straws.

🥤Plastic reusable straws start to build a film inside of them that are hard to clean and can build up bacteria or mold, can’t go in the dishwasher or they melt.

🥤Plastic leaches chemicals, even more so when exposed to extreme temperatures like freezing or heat, acidic beverages or UV light which of course posses a risk to our health since it can disrupt our hormones but even more so cause cancer. Most single-use plastic straws are made from polypropylene, a type of plastic commonly made from petroleum. 

Options for non-toxic reusable straws: glass, stainless steel, bamboo and silicone (which are perfect for small children or people with disabilities that need a bendable straw). 

🌾If you are needing single use non-toxic straws, for lets say a party or an event where you will need a great amount of straws, I recommend using these natural Hay Straws that are made from wheat stems. They are 100% compostable, so you can throw them in the compost and they will break down completely.

Personally, I like to use glass straws because I like to be able to see thru them and make sure that they have been fully cleaned out on the inside. Good quality straws are made sturdy enough where you do not have to worry about your children using them or breaking them. My favorite glass straws are from GlassDharma. I love that their glass is thick and very durable. I also love that their cleaning brush handle is made from stainless steel. Perfect combo with their soft hemp sleeve to hold the straw and be able to take it on the go! Glassdharma creates a variety of glass straws, including a nice collection of etched straws with inspirational words on them. They even make custom sized straws if you have a container you would like a specific length of a straw for. Best part is they have a lifetime guarantee!

⚠️Tip: make sure with any cleaning brush that you use, that the handle is all stainless steel (no aluminum). 

This reusable monkey print travel pouch is from Marley’s Monsters. The pouches are perfect to take your straws on the go! I also store my straws in the pouch inside my kitchen drawer to keep them clean in between uses. This pouch even has removable and washable interior wet bag to keep your dirty straws in. They have a wide variety of adorable prints to choose from, as well as different sizes to match the length of your straws. Their site has a variety of great non-toxic, reusable items aside from straws ranging from kitchen towels, napkins, facial washcloths, nursing pads, bibs, washable duster, dryer balls, shopping bags and food containers.

Here is a full list of my recommendations: https://amzn.to/2H7jzTI