The sun is out, kids are out of school, the playgrounds are full, and the mercury is soaring. Yep, it is summer. Summer is the busiest time for children and adults while it be for summer vacation or work vacation. Most families will be enjoying some time out in the sun. As much fun as it is, the sun brings harmful UV rays that we must protect ourselves from.
Perhaps surprisingly, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. While we know getting a burn is a no-no, we might not realize (or remember) that there are no safe ultraviolet rays, meaning even suntans. UV radiation from the sun and tanning beds is actually classified as a human carcinogen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization. The health risks associated with overexposure include cancer, premature aging, cataracts, and immune system suppression impacting the skin’s natural defenses. The good news, says the EPA, is that “unprotected exposure to UV radiation is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer.”
Try making these five healthy habits part of your daily routine, so you can live and play outdoors while reducing your overall sun exposure.
Wear Sunglasses for Smart Sun Safety
Be shade-y. UV rays can harm your eyes, and your kids’ too. Protect against cataracts and macular degeneration later in life by slipping on some shades — even babies six months or older should sport them outside. Children’s skin around their eyelid and the eye itself are more vulnerable to the sun’s penetrating rays. When buying sunglasses, opt for ones that block 99-100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays and feature a durable design that is playground proof for an active lifestyle.
Hats Provide Safe Sun Cover
Seek Top Cover. Sunglasses alone aren’t enough to protect the delicate skin of your face from the sun, so dial up your summer style with a hat. Wear one with a wide brim because it protects your neck, ears, eyes, forehead, nose, and scalp. Check out these fashionable + functional options for kids.
Always Apply Sunscreen
Apply Sunscreen. Always. While bronzed skin is mistakenly associated with good health, the truth is that there is no such thing as a good base tan or, worse, burn. UV rays harm your skin, even if you can’t see the effects of the damage immediately. So, guard against skin cancer by applying sunscreen properly — it’s the most important product to use according most dermatologist.
When selecting a sunscreen,it is recommended to be using a broad spectrum option that’s SPF 15 or higher (SPF 30 works well for most people) and free of potentially toxic ingredients like PABA, oxybenzone, nanoparticles, parabens, phthalates, and dyes.
Remember to apply on your ears and eye lids as well
Wear Protective Clothing to Protect Against Skin Cancer
Wear Protective Clothing. Double up on sun protection by wearing clothing that shields your skin from the overhead rays. A tip: If you can see your hand through the material, it probably won’t offer you much protection. Instead, invest in stylish pieces made from dark, tightly woven fabric or sport sets made specifically for safe play in the sun or shade with UPF 50 (this gear blocks 97% of the sun’s rays!).
Sun Safety Must Haves for a Fun Summer
While summer is mostly about fun for our children, lets remember to keep them having fun while protected from all the harmful rays and other potential hazards. Use these 5 tips to keep most if not all sun exposure while you can enjoy all of the fun that summer has to offer.
Feel free to share any of your summer adventures with us at VIG, we love seeing our VIP’s out having fun in the sun. And remember, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to stop by and ask us.