Tips for Parents
Summer Sun Safety
On a lovely day, there is nothing more enjoyable than getting out into the warm sunshine and feeling those delicious rays on your skin. Yet, students need to be reminded that those same rays can do harm to their skin, too. Here are some quick tips from the American Academy of Dermatology to help you and your student prevent long-term skin damage and still have fun in the sun this summer!
- Stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun's rays are the strongest.
- Use sunscreens that have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or greater.
- Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours when outdoors, especially if you are swimming or sweating.
- Wear a wide, broad-brimmed hat to protect your face from direct rays.
- Wear sunglasses with UV protective lenses.
- If you are going to be outdoors for any length of time, stay in the shade whenever possible. Take an umbrella to the beach.
- Avoid reflective surfaces, which can reflect up to 85 percent of the sun's damaging rays.
- Be especially careful if you have fair skin with blond, red or light-brown hair.
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