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!

If you would like to try out California Baby products, click here to take a short quiz and claim a free prize! Hope you love their products just as much as we do!

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

Healthier Home

Splish Splash, Safe and Healthy Bubble Bath

One of the things my son has enjoyed most while undergoing his cancer treatment and even know are baths. It helps him relax and makes for the perfect aid in promoting a restful sleep. Even now that he is done with his treatment, at the age of 11, he still likes to take baths. What he enjoys most though are bubble baths! I mean who doesn’t, right? Regardless of what age you are, bubble baths are totally enjoyable and relaxing!

My favorite bubble bath to use for my son Anthony, is from California Baby®. Shortly after my son was diagnosed with cancer I started researching safe, non-toxic products to use. That is when I came across California Baby® and their product line is now my absolute favorite! So much so that I am now a California Baby® Mombassador. With that said please rest assured that I will never recommend or promote any products that I have never tried or do not personally like. I have tried so many products in search of what would be best for my son and can with all honestly say their product line is my favorite.

Our skin is our largest organ and has a transdermal effect, so what we expose our skin to is just as important as what we put in it. You might not stop to think that what you or your child are using on your skin, especially soaking in, can have a negative impact on your health. California Baby® was created by a mother in search of all natural safe products to use for her first born. Their line of bubble baths are made with plant based ingredients and use essential oils for their scents. Absolutely no harsh toxic chemicals or synthetic fragrances. They also have an ingredient safety score rating of 1 from the Environmental Working Group. You can check out a list of their ingredient standards here.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that a warning label be put on all ‘foaming detergent bath products’ used for children that states “Caution –Use only as directed. Excessive use or prolonged exposure may cause irritation to skin and urinary tract. Discontinue use if rash, redness, or itching occurs. Consult your physician if irritation persists. Keep out of reach of children.” This is because there are bubble baths that are made with harsh and toxic chemicals. Check out what toxic chemicals to avoid in kids bubble bath products here.

So what can possibly make a bubble bath more fun, for kids at least ? A bubble wand of course! Not only will kids have a great time taking their bath while having fun blowing bubbles but it is also very therapeutic and actually has health benefits for any age!

Because blowing bubbles requires deep breathing and also incorporates pursed lipped breathing (exhaling through puckered lips) it increases pressure on the airways to keep them open longer and is a great method to reduce anxiety, promote relaxation and relieve stress.

With little ones, blowing bubbles are also a great way of developing visual tracking skills as babies and infants move their head and follow the bubbles with their eyes. Once they are at the age to start learning to blow bubbles it will help them strengthen the muscles of the jaw and around the mouth as well as work on fine motor skills while they hold the wand. Who thought a bubble bath could be so beneficial!

They have a wide variety of bubble baths to choose from, varying in different essential oil scents, including one that is unscented for extra sensitive skin. I would say that their CALMING™ bubble bath is great before bedtime. Among these bubble baths, is also their I Love You™ bubble bath which portion of proceeds from this line of their products is donated to the CA Breast Cancer Research Program.

You can check out their full line of products at www.californiababy.com. You can also find some of their products at Target, natural food stores and select local stores like Whole Foods or online at Amazon.

If you would like to try out California Baby products, click here to take a short quiz and claim a free prize! Hope you love their products just as much as we do!