It only takes five sunburns to double a person’s risk for melanoma, so while sun safety should be a priority every single day, it’s critical during the summer months when kids are frequently outdoors with more exposed skin.
Here are the three things to keep in mind for safe fun in the sun all summer long.
Protect Their Skin
About 90% of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun. Also, up to 80% of a person’s lifetime UV exposure occurs before they reach their 18th birthday. In other words, wearing sunscreen is important now more than ever. If you or your family plan to be out in the sun, sunscreen is a must. Choose a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher and be sure it’s labeled “broad spectrum,” which means both UVA and UVB sunlight will be blocked. Apply liberally to exposed skin 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapply every hour.
Protect Their Lips
Don’t forget to pucker up with SPF this summer. Lips have no melanin, which makes them more susceptible to sun damage from UV exposure. Be sure to protect with a lip balm containing a minimum SPF 30 and reapply every hour.
Protect Their Eyes
UV rays can cause serious damage to skin as well as eyes. Even on cloudy days, damaging amounts of UV rays can penetrate clouds and harm your eyes and the skin around them. Sunglasses offer the best protection, but it’s crucial to invest in a good pair of shades. Be sure they block 99 to 100% of UVA and UVB rays.
While summer and fun go hand in hand, there can also be many health risks due to intense UV rays. Don’t let the sun ruin your child’s perfect skin. Protect them every day with DermalYouth for safe fun in the sun and peace of mind every single day.