Enjoy the Sunshine…Safely!
With summer comes fun, fun and more fun in the sun! And that means lots of sun exposure. From baby to grandpa, the whole family should make sun protection a priority.
Don’t think it’s a big deal? Think again: according to skincancer.org, more than 4 million cases of basal-cell carcinoma– the most common form of skin cancer– are diagnosed in the US each year.
Here are a few things you can do to protect your skin:
Going outside? Wear sunscreen. No one loves putting it on, especially kids, but if applying it becomes something that you just do every morning, like dressing and eating breakfast, you will (hopefully) cease to care. Look for sunscreen products that have a minimum SPF of 30, preferably water-resistant to withstand some sweating. Apply it to all exposed areas, and reapply every couple hours if you are swimming or being active.
Fabric is your friend
If you plan to spend extended time in the sun, whether at the beach, the pool, the park, or in your back yard, wear protective clothing. Regular clothes provide a physical block against the sun, with increased protection the darker and thicker the fabric. If you plan to get in the water, a rash-guard like SwimZip is a smart choice. Rash guards offer stronger protection than regular clothes, you can swim in them, and they dry quickly and comfortably.
Made in the shade
Whether you’re at the park, beach or pool, set up in a shady spot. If you think shade will be in short supply, bring an umbrella or shelter tent, like this one from Coleman. Shade not only protects you from the sun, it keeps you cool. And remember a hat and some sunglasses with UV protection to shade your face and eyes.
Playing in the sun can also dehydrate, so pack some Tickle Water in a cooler!