The kids will be out of school for spring break next week and I’m planning to take them out to the beach for a couple of day trips. On the days that we won’t be going to the beach I’m sure that they’ll still be spending most of their time outdoors as long as this beautiful weather we’ve been having continues. We’re in the sunny south so I’m always very careful to use a broad spectrum sunscreen on the kids and myself, but really its important no matter where you live and no matter what the weather outside is like.
Even on cloudy days you can still be affected by UV rays, plus if you can see light through the fabric you’re wearing then UV rays can get through also. To protect yourself and your family from UV rays that can cause skin cancer you should put on a lotion with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater before you get dressed and look for “broad spectrum” protection to protect against both UVB and UVA rays.
Always apply a sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going out in the sunscreen, cover up as much as possible, wear a hat, use lip balm with SPF to protect your lips, wear sunglasses that block UV rays, reapply sunscreen after swimming or sweating and try to limit your exposure during midday when the sun’s rays are most intense.
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