Summer is here and it is hot! Along with our swimming safety tips, it is equally as important to share tips on helping with sun exposure. The Skin Cancer Foundation estimates that 80% of lifetime sun exposure occurs during childhood. Here we share some tips, especially for kids, during these extra hot months.
- Limit outdoor playtime between 10am-4pm. This helps to avoid unnecessary exposure when the sun’s rays are at their strongest. This still applies to those cloudy and cooler days as the UV rays remain strong.
- Apply sunscreen properly! You want to be sure to generously apply sunscreen 30 minutes before your child, or yourself, goes out in the sun. You should also reapply every 2-3 hours, or after swimming. Don’t forget the nose, ears, hands, feet, shoulder and other hard to reach areas you may not think of. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends that all kids — regardless of their skin tone — wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Whatever sunscreen you choose, make sure it’s broad-spectrum (protects against both UVA and UVB rays) and, if kids are in the pool, is labeled water-resistant.
- Make sure to cover up. Wearing protective clothing when you are out of the water is a great way to help ward off UV damage. Use clothing or hats when dry and make sure that you keep kids in darks colors when wet as light-colored clothing still transmits just as much sunlight.
Enjoy summer and safe swimming!