Soaking up the Sun Carefully

It is finally summertime. This year we are following the lead of local blogger, Ginny from 1000 Hours Outside and we plan to spend as much time as we can soaking up the summer rays. But, exposing yourself and your children to the sun too much can bring risks. Sunscreen and shade are a must when you’re enjoying the outdoors.

There are three types of sun rays: UVC, UVA, and UVB. UVA and UVB are the only ones that actually reach us on Earth. The worst part of the day for sun exposure is between 10AM-4PM, so we should be sure to put on extra sunscreen during this time.

Everyone should wear sunscreen. Even if you or your child is prone to tanning and not burning, sun protection is still a must because tanning is still a form of skin damage. Sunscreen should be applied 20-30 minutes before you go outside so the lotion can soak in and be effective. Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours or after you swim. It is better to err on the side of caution and reapply often if you aren’t sure, even if the lotion is sweat or water-resistant. Picking out the right sunscreen can be overwhelming. Doctors recommend that parents avoid using sunscreen for children under the age of 6 months. They should be kept in the shade and protected with SPF clothing and a hat.

Sunscreen is not our only defense against skin damage from the sun, clothing and hats can block out the sunrays as long as they are not see through. There are also clothing options that are specifically designed to block the suns rays and are SPF rated.

Chlorine from pools can also cause skin damage.  Experts recommend that swimmers wash off when they are done in the pool and reapply sunblock.  Bathing suits and towels should be washed between uses so they don’t cause skin irritation as well.  And for those with sensitive skin, swimmers can apply a barrier lotion for extra protection, like Aquaphor.

We hope you have a fantastic summer and stay safe from those summer rays.

Amber Louchart

Amber is the proud Homeschooling mother to four beautiful children, Damian (23), Rosaleigh (10), Carlyn (7), Naomi (4) and a wife to her loving husband, Chancellor. Her family also includes three cats. She loves being a stay-at-home mom and feels blessed to be able to care for her children full-time and provide them with so many opportunities through Metro Detroit Mommy.

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