TIPS

Tips

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STEP 1: SUNSCREEN CHOICE

Block the sun’s damaging rays with a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30 and offers full-spectrum protection, which means it keeps out both UVA and UVB rays.

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STEP 2: SLATHER IT ON

Many parents don’t apply enough sunscreen. Despite your toddler wriggling around ensure that he/she is covered with sunscreen all over.

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STEP 3: DON'T MISS KEY AREAS

Don’t just cover the legs, arms and face. Remember to also apply sunscreen to the ears, neck, backs of legs, tops of feet and hands. To prevent the lips from burning apply a lip balm that contains a SPF of 15 or higher.

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STEP 4: REAPPLY, REAPPLY, REAPPLY

To allow adequate absorption, apply sunscreen about 30 minutes before going outdoors. Then reapply every two hours or even more often if your child is playing or swimming in water. Even when it is overcast UV rays get through the clouds and can be damaging, so apply sunscreen.

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STEP 5: TIME YOUR OUTINGS

It is best to stay out of the sun between 10am and 4pm. But if this isn’t possible then stay in the shade as much as possible or at least break up your sun exposure with rest times in the shade. An umbrella on the beach, a tree in the park or a covered deck can all provide needed shade.

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STEP 6: WEAR THE RIGHT STUFF

Before heading outside your kids need to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen on the areas that will be exposed to the sun. They need to always wear a hat. Sunglasses will protect their eyes. Long-sleeved clothing is always recommended, especially if it has a UPF of 30 or higher. When swimming choose Sun Safety swimwear.