July 17, 2019 3 min read
We're really in the thick of it everyone. Summer is here, and we are finally reaching those warm wonderful temperatures that we all crave.
Obviously, practicing sun safety is crucial to keep those summer days fun and your family healthy. We are all about healthy families! But, sun safety is also important all year round, whether you are vacationing, skiing or just spending time outside.
Did you know that it only takes 15 minutes to get sunburnt? What! That is so little time, it might not even be enough for you to get the sunscreen out and ready to go.
Now, the amount of time that it takes to get a sunburn depends on the UV index of the day. When you check the weather for your rising temps, you also want to check the UV index. This is a great way to ensure that you are prepared with your shade, sunscreen, water and clothing.
Quick Tip: If the UV index is above 3 then slather on the sunscreen and cover up. Interestingly, the UV index can easily be over 3 (moderate) even when it is cloudy out. Now, if it is over 8 (very high) you'll want to ensure that you have even more shade and protection.
Sunscreen is so important in the summer, if you forget everything else from these tips, at least remember the sunscreen. Seriously, summer equals sunscreen.
Here are some quick tips for your sunscreen:
When choosing a sunscreen it is best to look for one with at least SPF15, that is reef-safe, is natural and doesn't contain harmful things like oxybenzone. This will ensure you not only keep your skin from burning but also healthy. For babies under 6 months, you want to consult a doctor before using sunscreen.
As the temperatures rise, sunscreen might not be enough. To get the best sun protection we love grabbing a wide brim hat, a cover-up and a sunshade. These things are more protective than anything else and can keep you feeling cool, calm and collected even when you might feel sweaty and sunny.
We've all seen the photos of babies and kiddos in the cutest sunglasses. Seriously, just the cutest photos. But, these aren't just a fashion statement, they are essential for your eye health. When you and your family are out in the sun protect those retinas by wearing a hat or sunglasses.
We love packing ice cold water and fresh fruits to cool down in the summer sun. Keeping your body hydrated and not getting thirsty will help you avoid dehydration and heat exhaustion.
When you're out in extreme heat, reach for water-rich fruits and vegetables like watermelon and carrots while snacking. You can also grab drinks that have electrolytes, such as coconut water, for an extra boost of hydration in the sun. Kids love fun frozen treats, and these are great for them in the summer.
Stay cool in the summer! If you are at the beach, jump into the water. At the pool, go ahead and cannonball. Take a moment to go inside and refresh in the air conditioning. Whatever you do, make sure that you are staying cool. Water, fans and air conditioning are your summer BFFs.
Want a little extra? Try our Cool Off Spray to keep your feet, legs and arms refreshed. This won't actually cool off your internal body temperature but it feels great out in the sun.
This is a really important sun safety tip because everyone reacts to the sun differently. So, pay attention to how you and your family feel. Make sure the kiddos are getting their water and that you are asking how they are feeling. Whether you are at a beach, the park or just out for a stroll, make sure everyone is comfortable, hydrated and protected.
How do you stay sun safe in the summer?
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