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Sun Safety – The Facts
Thank goodness that the weather is starting to get warmer, the days are getting longer and we’re super excited to be able to start spending more time outdoors.
But whilst the sunshine is something that we all love, it can also have some potential dangers that you need to protect yourself and your family against.
Here are some top sun safety facts that will ensure that your summer goes without a hitch.
Give yourself time after applying sunscreen. You need to let sunscreen dry for at least 20 minutes before you go outside. This gives the sunscreen time to start working and ensure your skin is protected.
Apply sunscreen every two hours. Burning is dangerous and even if your sunscreen says that it’s waterproof, it still needs applying every two hours or when you get out of the water.
Remember no sunscreen is 100%. Don’t rely on sunscreen alone to protect the skin of your family. Make sure you have hats, tee-shirts etc to wear.
Be safe in the water. Water can reflect up to 85% of the sun’s damaging rays so make sure sunglasses and tee-shirts are worn in the water. Sand and snow also have the same reflecting properties.
The sun is strongest between 10am and 4pm. We used to be told that the sun was strongest between 12pm and 2pm but the rays are actually strongest between 10 and 4. So stay out of the direct sun during these times.
For children use SPF 30 or higher. And make sure that you apply the sunscreen even if it’s cloudy or overcast.
Protect your child’s head and neck. Use a wide brimmed hat so that your child’s head and neck doesn’t burn.
Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins for our children and the best source is of course to spend time outside. However, it’s also really important to make sure that children don’t burn or be allowed to become to hot. So make sure that you take all the necessary precautions and enjoy the great outdoors this summer.