Sun Safety Tips for your SkinBy Child Safety Specialist July 10, 2012 | 02:00 PMPosted in: Family, Child Safety, Travel
If you’re of a certain age you probably remember slathering
up with baby oil, and holding up reflectors to get even more rays. Yeah, we were pretty stupid. How many of us ended up with major burns as
well as permanent skin damage? Hopefully
we’ve smartened up a bit but unfortunately I still see people – and their kids
– spending way too much time tanning at the beach or pool.
While we still consider tanned skin a symbol of health and
beauty, the reality is that UV Rays can cause a vast amount of skin damage, eye
damage, immune system suppression, and skin cancer. These sun safety tips can help you
keep your skin safe in the sun.
The hours of the day where the sun is the strongest are
between 10am and 4pm. This is the time to find a shady spot. However, if you
are going into the sun during this time, ensure that the clothes you are
wearing block your skin from the sun. You can check this by putting your hand
on the inside of your clothing and making sure that from the other side you
cannot see it. Be advised that even on overcast days, UV rays are not filtered
through clouds and can still damage your skin, even if the shade and breeze
mask the feeling of developing sunburn.
The most important thing to do in the sun is apply
sunscreen, with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher. Apply it least
fifteen minutes before being exposed to the sun. Use a waterproof lotion if you
will be swimming and reapply it when out of the water and dried off. Finally,
reapply sunscreen consistently – it is recommended that you reapply at least
every two hours.
For your child safety,
never have sunscreen applied to Infants younger than six months and thus should
be kept out of the sun as much as possible. If it is necessary for them to be
under UV rays, they should wear clothes that protect their skin from the rays.
Remember that children are extremely vulnerable to the
damage that UV rays can do and that in order to instill healthy and safe
sun-protecting habits, you should lead by example and always wear sunglasses
Also, to protect your eyes from corneal burning, wear
sunglasses that have labels indicating they protect eyes from UV rays.
When on medications, read the labels or check
with your doctor if they will increase your sensitivity to the sun. If they
do, take extra precautions and limit your time of sun exposure.
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