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Tips for Staying Sun Safe

As I mentioned in my post about Green Goddess Organics (HERE) when it comes to sun safety I am totally "that mom". I carry around sunscreen in my purse, reapply every few hours, and will chase down my daughter to check for any signs of her being burnt. It is very important to me that my daughter spends time enjoying the outdoors, but even more important to me that she does it safely. With the summer approaching quickly it is important to be aware of some sun safety tips. Below are the tips I find most important for staying safe and enjoying the sun!

1. Wear sunscreen: While many recommend wearing sunscreen every day, when you are spending long amounts of time outdoors and during the summertime it is most important. Choose a sunscreen with broad spectrum protection because it will protect against UVA and UVB rays which are the main cause of sunburn. Also search for sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 to be protected against UVB rays. 

2. Reapply sunscreen: Try to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, especially if you are swimming or sweating. Also, remember that just because your sunscreen says water resistant it is not waterproof, you still need to reapply. Read your sunscreen's label to see the amount of time your sunscreen is water resistant.

3. Take breaks and relax: Children's bodies are not able to cool themselves down quickly enough and heat exhaustion can come on extremely fast. If you are spending time in the heat and exercising or running around be sure to take breaks to avoid heat exhaustion. 

4. Limit direct exposure: Between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm UV rays are the strongest. Limiting direct exposure during this time helps to reduce the likelihood of sun damage. Also take breaks from the sun and find shade.

5. Don't forget your eyes: Many don't know the importance of children (and adults as well) wearing sunglasses with UV protection. Ultraviolet Radiation has been linked to many eye problems so keeping eyes sun protected is very important. Search for sunglasses with UVR protection and a wrap around frame design.

6. Drink lots of water:  When spending time in the sun sweating it is important to replace the water that your body needs. Be sure to stay hydrated to avoid the level of water in your body dropping too low. If you know you will be spending time outside during hot days be sure to pack water bottles.

7. Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps:  Direct exposure to UV radiation increases the risk of skin cancer. Indoor tanning changes your skin texture and causes premature skin aging such as age spots and wrinkling. 

I hope that these tips help your family to stay sun safe!

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