It's hard to believe that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer during the course of their life. Most of the harm we do to our skin comes during our first 18 years of life. It's important, as parents, we introduce and establish a good sun protection routine with our children. There have been some new studies stating that it is okay for parents to apply sunscreen to areas of skin exposed to the sun, on children under 6 months. You should consult with your pediatrician for further information about these studies.
Keeping your young ones in the shade and minimizing outdoor activity during 10AM to 4PM can help minimize the stronger rays from damaging their sensitive skin. It is important to know that every skin type (fair, medium, dark) can become sunburned. It's also worth noting that days that are windy, overcast, and cooler can still yield sun damage. Sunscreen can and should be worn year round and it's best to apply a SPF of 30 (or higher) 15 to 30 minutes BEFORE you go outside.
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With the correct sun protection routine in place, you can enjoy all the perks of the warm weather and the activities it brings. Have a wonderful summer and check back for the next Summer Sizzle post-Heat Protection.