Summer is right around the corner and if you’re anything like us you can’t wait to get out on the beach and soak up some sun! As excited as we are for warm weather and tan lines, we have to keep sun safety in mind. 1 in 5 Americans will develop a form of skin cancer before the age of 70 and more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. With that in mind, we’ve come up with an easy sun safety guide for your family so you can be safe in the sun and still have fun!
Quick Sun Tips
1 // Find shade wherever possible
Some of the best spots on the beach to set up camp is right beside the pier so you can take cover when you need a break from the sun!
2 // Stay Hydrated
Especially when it’s hot, it’s important to stay hydrated to prevent dehydration and helps speed up the healing process of sunburn should that happen to you.
3 // Reapply Sunscreen Often
If you’re ever in doubt of when you need to reapply sunscreen to you or your children, go ahead and slather it on! There’s no such thing as being too careful.
Sun Safety For Babies
Babies from 0-6 months shouldn’t be in the sun at all. If you’re taking baby to the beach, make sure that they have proper shade and have on proper sun deflective clothing. Put baby in a wide brimmed hat or bonnet to further deflect the sun.
Babies from 6-12 months can be in the sun but exposure should be limited. Make sure there is enough shade and still keep baby in some kind of wide brimmed hat. Sunscreen of about SPF 15 can be used on baby and should be applied at least 15 minutes before exposure and reapplied at least every hour. (More so if you’re swimming.)
Sun Safety For Kids
Kids should use a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. Sunscreen should be applied 15-20 minutes before sun exposure and should be reapplied often. Make sure the kids are wearing sunglasses that protect against UVA + UVB rays.
Sun Safety For Adults
Adults need to wear a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, similar to kids. Apply sunscreen 15-20 minutes before sun exposure and reapply at least every 90 minutes (more often when you’re sweating or swimming). Use a lip balm that has SPF in it to avoid sun damage to lips and wear a hat to protect your ears, nose, and scalp. Areas of the face that protrude are more susceptible to sun burn and damage.