Sun Protection from Hillary Fogelson
Sun protection is not just a summer job! It’s important to incorporate sun safety practices into your everyday routine all year ‘round – for the health of you and your family! Educate yourself and empower your kids and you’ll quickly reap the benefits of healthy skin. Here are a few simple tips to get youstarted. And remember, sun protection doesn’t need to be complicated…keep it simple, but do it forever!
1. Make sunscreen apart of your child's morning routine – just like brushing their teeth. The earlier you start insisting they wear sunscreen, the faster it will become second nature. Remember, just like adults, kids have a preference when it comes to texture and fragrance. Pick three or four great SPF options and then let your kids decide which one they like best. Including them in the process not only empowers them, but it makes your job as the enforcer that much easier!
2. Tanning (indoor or out) doesn't help heal pimples. Many teenagers mistakenly believe that tanning dries up acne. The truth is, tanning actually makes acne worse. The sun does dry-out your skin, that much is true. The problem is, your skin then reacts to the dryness by producing more oil. If your teens insist on looking tan, encourage them to use self-tanners, bronzers or spray tans – all safe alternatives to the sun!
3. How many of you keep sunscreen in your car? If you do, the good news is, sun protection is already a part of your everyday routine. The bad news is, sunscreen breaks down in the heat – ironic, huh? I find the easiest, most portable way to stay protected is keep a sunscreen stick in your purse. Sticks go on quickly and are perfect for protecting hands and arms for those long morning commutes.
4. Before your next tropical vacation, consider investing in a few pieces of sun protective clothing. In and out of the beach and pool, skin wet and sandy, it's nearly impossible to reapply SPF often enough to stay sunburn-free. To make water time easier and safer, invest in long-sleeve rash guards for the whole family. They'll protect high exposure areas prone to burns like shoulders and upper backs. Plus, long sleeve protection means you only have to worry about sunscreen for faces and legs – saves time and your skin!!
5. Ever wonder why your scalp hurts after a long day outside? It's because your scalp is sunburned! Many people completely forget about protecting the top of their head – a part of the body that is super sensitive and gets tons of exposure. The first best way to keep your head and scalp safe is to wear a hat. For long days outside, I like packable bucket hats that can easily fold-up in a backpack. Or, if you hate hat head, use a sunscreen powder with a built-in brush and thoroughly dab along your part and hairline. Powders are also nice since they absorb oil – it's like sun protection and dry shampoo in one.
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