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A good rule of thumb when outside is the shadow rule. If your shadow is shorter than you - than seek the shade. The sun is at it's peak between the hours of 10 - 4. This is the most likely time for sunburns and skin damage occurring from the sun's UV rays. It's best to avoid playing in the direct sunlight during this time.
So just look down at your shadow!
As spring has arrived there is any number of spring cleaning chores that can be done around the house. Opening the windows for the nice fresh airs reveals filthy window seals, the screened in porch needs a good wash down and the list goes on and on.
On the top of the list of “things to do” for spring is to get your sun protection gear lined up and ready to go. The sun is out and shining bright and we should be sun smart from sun up to sun down (or at the very least between the hours of 10 am – 4 pm). Try keeping sun protection gear in one spot so you can easily access it before heading out the door. For example at my house we keep everything in baskets by the back door.
Sun Protection Tips for Spring
Spring is a beautiful time of year to be outside so enjoy while being sun smart!
As we are now well into April it is definitely time to jump our sun protection measures into high gear. Sun protective clothing is the best friend of sun screen. It can be difficult to apply sun screen to wiggly children and not always easy to apply it liberally enough. Sun screen and sun protective clothing should be a daily habit as the sun shines brightly.
Follow the tips below to protect your children’s skin:
- Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or greater
- Try natural sunscreens over chemical forms for children with sensitive skin
- Remember to reapply sunscreen after 2 hours and reapply after getting wet
- Play in the shade as often as possible
- Cover up with clothing that covers arms and legs, hats and sun glasses
-Seek the shade from 10am to 2pm
Memorial Day weekend tends to mark the unofficial start of summer. School is almost out and plans are being made for summer. Whatever your summer entails sun protection will be in order.
Sun protection is needed anytime you are outside not just at the beach. Children accumulate a great deal of sun exposure as they spend so much time outside. It’s also a good idea to keep the kids inside or in the shade between the hours of 10am and 4pm. A basic summer t-shirt provides an UPF of about 7 so using sun protective clothing and sunscreen on the areas not covered by clothing will provide you with the most protection. Check the date on your sunscreen as it does expire.
Starting children when they are young with sun protection will help them create good habits as they get older. Also, remember to set an example as a parent and wear sun protection yourself!