Last year we talked about a natural sunscreen for children. Click here for that post. With the heat increasing, and hitting mid-summer, we thought we would briefly readdress the idea of creating a natural sunscreen.
If I know my children are going to swim midday for an hour or less, besides sporting a hat, I just make sure they have eaten certain foods which can augment a natural sunscreen within their own skin. Also, if we end up spending 3-5 hours outside, I feel good knowing their skin is protected naturally and I don’t have to rely solely on sunscreen or to keep reapplying sunscreen substances.
Natural sources of protection:
- Vitamin E
- Well known carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, lutein, and lycopene
- Omega-3 not only raises the natural UV protection against sunburns but it also helps protect skin against inflammation if one does get too much sun. So it’s a natural sunscreen and after-sun-healer.
The following is a great list of healthy foods to add to your child’s diet to boost their skin’s natural sunscreen and help protect against sunburns.
- Sweet potatoes & Carrots
- Red cabbage
- Kale, mustard greens, spinach, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans
- Squash such as butternut, winter and summer squashes (excellent for those younger babies 6+months)
- Mangos (also excellent for babies 6+months)
- Dried Herbs such as Basil, Parsley, Sage, Cilantro, Thyme, Oregano
- Some berries such as strawberries and raspberries
- Kidney beans
- Wheat germ