Keeping Kids Safe In the Sun
Throughout the summer there is nothing like getting to play outside in the warm weather. You have all day to play and have lots of adventures, with no school or responsibilities. But nothing can ruin your fun like getting a nasty sunburn. Here are some simple sun safety tips that will keep you having fun in the sun.
One of he easiest ways to protect yourself from the sun is to use sunscreen and know how to apply it correctly. You should remember to put on sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going outside, it is better if you put it on 30 minutes before going outside.
Remember to put sunscreen on any area that is exposed to the sun, especially hands, ears, neck, feet, nose, shoulders and lips. You also need to remember to reapply sunscreen at least every two hours. You should also reapply sunscreen every time after your have been swimming or get sweaty. Waterproof sunscreen is a better choice if you will be around the water, and always use sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.
Another simple way to protect your skin from the sun is to cover up. Hats and UV protected sunglasses are important to protect your face and eyes from sun damage. Also wearing protective clothing, including clothing with UV protection will also help prevent sun damage.
Limit Time Outside During Peak Sun Hour
It is also fairly simple to plan not to spend too much time outside during the sunniest hours of the day. The sun is most powerful from around 10 am to 4 pm. During these times it is a good idea to have other fun activities arranged, so you can be sure to get out of the sun for a while and protect yourself from sun damage.
Be Careful Near Water and Sand
When you are playing at the beach in the water and on the sand you should be extra careful about sun safety. Both water and sand reflect the sunlight, which can cause more sun damage. Be sure to cover up as much as possible and be careful to reapply your sunscreen often and after you have been in the water.