Summer fun generally includes plenty of time in the sun, which means we also have to have a summer sun safety plan in place. We’ve recently addressed poolside sun safety, but there are heaps of other summer activities exposing us to the sun’s rays from camping and hiking to tossing around a football or Frisbee in the yard.
Creating a plan to adequately address sun safety is important for the health of your entire family. There’s sufficient research to show that sun burn can cause serious and long-term damage. Check out our 9 summer sun safety tips to help keep you and your little ones protected while you enjoy your summer fun in the sun!
As with anything, please note, we are not licensed health care professionals. The tips presented are commonplace, but it’s always important to consult your physician before adding any new health practices to your lifestyle.
1) Apply sunscreen liberally! Don’t be shy with application and be sure to cover up all exposed areas. We use a variety of Banana Boat® sunscreen products to help keep us covered.
One of our favorite recent finds is Banana Boat® Sport Performance®CoolZone™ Sunscreens. It’s terrific for outdoor sports as it cools the skin when you apply it – a nice refresher! It also absorbs fast so play can continue quickly and comes in SPF 30 and SPF 50 as a lotion or clear spray.
2) Put on sunscreen before you head outdoors. It’s easy to get distracted by nature and fun activities once you step out the door. Be sure to apply your sunscreen before you go outside.
3) Don’t miss a spot! Every exposed part of your body benefits from sunscreen including often missed spots like your ears, neck and lips. My favorite lip product is Banana Boat® Sport Performance® Lip Balm SPF 50. The Banana Boat® lip balm moisturizes and protects lips with broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection and is water resistant.
4) Cover your scalp. Hats are very helpful, providing both protections and shading. Sunscreen may also be applied to your scalp and is super easy to apply if you have very short hair or a shaved head.
5) Set a timer to reapply. Every sunscreen loses effectiveness over time. Be sure to check the bottle for application length and set a timer to remind you to reapply the sunscreen before its effects wear off.
6) Stock up! Before you leave your house, tent or hotel room for a fun day in the sun, be sure to check to make sure you have enough sunscreen to last through all the reapplications you will need for the day. Running out of sunscreen during your play time can lead to unwanted sunburn or pricey sunscreen replacements from tourist spots.
7) Schedule shade breaks. Hanging out in the shade gives you a respite from the sun and it’s also helpful to give you a break during strenuous sports to help cool down. Be sure to hydrate well, too, each time you take a break!
8) Put on a pair of shades. If it won’t interfere with your activities, wear sunglasses to help protect your eyes and eye area from sun damage.
9) Check in with yourself. Even with the best sun protection efforts, sun damage can occur. If you begin to feel or see signs of sunburn, seek shelter from the sun immediately. Signs include redness of skin, heated spots on skin, formation of small blisters on skin and/or localized pain.
What sun care and sun prevention tips work best for you?
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Banana Boat® . The opinions and text are all mine.