The temperature is heating up, and your kids are spending more time outdoors. They're sweating; they're swimming. They need extra sun protection-and so do you!
The sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays are at their strongest during the summer, and unprotected skin can be damaged in as little as 15 minutes. While applying a SPF (sun protection factor) 30 sunscreen is important throughout the year, taking extra sun-safety precautions during the summer is especially important.
Try these tips on your next family trip to the beach, pool, playground, ballpark or amusement/water park.
1. Put on extra sunscreen
"Kids who are sweating or swimming need to reapply sunscreen more often," says Dennis Hughes, M.D., Ph.D., a pediatric oncologist who takes care of children with melanoma at the Children's Cancer Hospital at MD Anderson. "Reflective surfaces, such as water and sand, can intensify the sun's rays and cause a greater burn."
A sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 protects the skin from the sun. Apply one ounce of sunscreen (about the size of a ping pong ball) to all sun-exposed areas of the body. Don't forget the ears, feet and behind the neck.
Because sunscreen can take up to 30 minutes to go into full effect, it's a good idea to apply it at home before you drive to the pool or beach.