Applying sunscreen before camp is so important, but is also something that often starts a verbal battle in our house.
“Get over here!”
“Stop moving around!”
But since sun damage is not only painful but irreversible and possibly a medical concern, I feel very strongly about it! According to a recent survey, while most parents think it’s important, less than half of us apply it to ourselves! I asked Coppertone to provide some tips for summer sunscreen application for The MomTini Lounge parents. Enjoy, and apply often! – Amy
Dr. Patty Agin of the Coppertone Solar Research Center has developed the following 5 Safe Sun Tips that will keep children protected with minimal intrusion in their fun-filled, summer days:
▪ Apply. Apply. Apply. Because the sun may cause damage immediately, don’t forget to apply sunscreen to children before they go into the sun. Remember to reapply every 80 minutes and after swimming, toweling off or sweating (even if the sunscreen is waterproof and sweatproof).
▪ Double-Up. When you think you have applied enough…apply some more to your children. It takes approximately one ounce of sunscreen to properly protect their face and body. That means over a weekend you could easily use an entire six-ounce bottle of sunscreen. With sun protection, more really is better.
▪ Follow the shadow rule. If your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun’s rays are at their strongest. Cover up children and yourself with sun protective clothing, such as a hat and sunglasses and head for the shade.
▪ Choose a sunscreen that is that you’ll actually use. If it feels good on your skin and is easy to use, you’ll be more likely to reapply to yourself and your children.
▪ Products that withstand the elements are key. If you and your children are especially active, use a sunscreen that is waterproof and ultra-sweatproof (so it won’t run into your eyes and sting).
Editor’s Note: This is not intended as medical advice; rather helpful tips for parents. Always seek the advice of your physician for medical concerns.