We’re so close to Summer I can taste it. As I crawl through the last week of school for my older boys I can’t help but dream of spending our days outside in the sun. We’re very fortunate to live in Southern California, because there’s no shortage of beaches to visit. But spending all of that time outside means we’ll have to be extra careful so no one gets a sunburn.
According to skincancer.org, one blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life. No one wants that for their children, so it becomes our job to protect them as well as we can. Here’s a few tips to keep your kids safe from the sun this Summer. (Say that five times fast!)
Try to avoid peak sun hours. You’re more likely to get the worst of the sun between 10:00am and 4:00pm. Plan your outing earlier in the morning or in the late afternoon if you can. Bonus, the parks and beaches are almost always empty at 8:00 in the morning.
Use shade to your advantage. During the summer I tend to choose local parks that have shades over the play areas or lots of trees. This way I don’t have to worry about bugging the kids to keep putting on sunscreen and it keeps them a little cooler as well. At the beach we use umbrellas and small tents to escape having to sit in the sun for too long.
Protective wear is awesome. Admittedly I hate putting on sunscreen, so the less skin that my kids have exposed the better. With hats, long sleeve rash guards, and long shorts I usually only have to worry about their face, which I sometimes even let them do. It lets me be lazy, and best of all you don’t have to reapply clothing!
Choose the right sunscreen for your needs. We like to go with a more natural mineral-based sun screen. The Environmental Working Guide (EWG) puts out a great list of the best sunscreens each year. You’ll be able to look through all of the recommendations and find the one that’s right for your family.
Play it safe when you’re out in the sun and you can have a sunburn-free and carefree Summer! And whatever you do, don’t fall asleep unless you’re protected!
What kind of sun-filled activities do you enjoy during the summer?